Haydn Watters

Haydn Watters is a Toronto-based journalist. He has also worked for CBC News in Halifax, Yellowknife and at the politics bureau in Ottawa. He also ran an experimental one-person pop-up bureau for the CBC in Barrie, Ont.

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The Campaigner

Introducing Ontario's new premier: Doug Ford

After an intense, hard-fought election campaign, Doug Ford woke up this morning as incoming premier of Canada's largest province. Here's how things are looking on the first day of his incoming premiership and the last day of The Campaigner.
Live Blog Recap

Vote Compass has been used 365K times. What has been learned?

With a day to go until the election, it's time to check back in with the brain trust behind Vote Compass to see how the tool has been used over the course of the campaign. Recap our live blog discussion.

Soaring rents in Barrie are making affordable housing an election issue

Affordable housing has come up on the campaign trail with the four major parties all pledging more money and support. But will they come through?
The Campaigner

After Wynne concedes, Ford ignores it

According to Poll Tracker, all Liberal seats are in danger, which is why Kathleen Wynne will be out Sunday canvassing in her own riding of Don Valley West — a seat she's safely held since 2003. This is your Campaigner for June 3.
The Campaigner

Wynne knows she won't win

Wynne's admission she believes she'll lose her job as premier highlights the fierce battle going on between the PCs and the NDP, who — according to Poll Tracker — are effectively tied. This is your Campaigner for June 2.
The Campaigner

'Please don't interrupt me,' says Horwath as Liberal candidate crashes NDP event

Now with just over a week to go until election day, the leaders are continuing to campaign hard. Here's where we are on day 20.

'Have you ever been to a daycare?': 6 key moments from Ontario leaders' debate

Not much was off limits as Ontario's three major party leaders sparred on stage for the final time before election day. They covered everything from Hydro One to Adolf Hitler.
The Campaigner

Liberals allege, Doug Ford dodges

Two weeks to go until election day — but the focus today is on two years ago when Liberals allege PC Leader Doug Ford was trying to sell "bogus" PC memberships inside an Etobicoke Tim Hortons. Here's where we are on day 16.
Live Blog Recap

What role should mental health play in the provincial election?

What's lacking when it comes to mental health resources? Recap our live blog conversation with mental health advocate Alicia Raimundo and Steve Lurie, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association's Toronto branch.
The Campaigner

Kathleen Wynne doesn't mind being the underdog

It's day eight of the campaign, with 22 days to go until the election. There's still a lot of campaigning ahead. Here's your cheat sheet for the day.
The Campaigner

Doug Ford doesn't have a platform yet — but he does have a campaign song

Patrick Brown may not be PC party leader any longer but he's making news on the campaign trail. With 21 days to go, here's what you need to know about the Ontario election.
The Campaigner

Doug Ford showed up at a hydro rally for 6 minutes

It's all about hydro Tuesday, with news of Hydro One board members giving themselves raises. All the leaders have criticized the move, with Doug Ford even bringing it up at a rally in front of Hydro One's annual general meeting.
The Campaigner

'Everything hasn't been perfect in Kathleen Wynne's Ontario,' say Liberals

From head-scratching campaign ads to a new northern riding to watch, here's The Campaigner — rounding up the moments you might have missed and things to watch on the campaign trail.
The Campaigner

While Horwath gets her hair pulled, Ford plays bingo

After a busy beginning, the campaign is slowing down for its first Sunday — there's only a handful of scheduled party events, with the PCs taking the day off entirely. But there's still lots to talk about.
The Campaigner

Does Doug Ford know how to pass a bill?

With the first full day of campaigning done, the real race starts. This is The Campaigner, meant to keep political rookies and junkies alike informed at what's going on in the election campaign.