Mike Crawley

Provincial Affairs Reporter

Mike Crawley is provincial affairs reporter in Ontario for CBC News. He has won awards for his reporting on the eHealth spending scandal and flaws in Ontario's welfare-payment computer system. Before joining the CBC in 2005, Mike filed stories from 19 countries in Africa as a freelance journalist and worked as a newspaper reporter in B.C.

Latest from Mike Crawley


Ontario proves crucial to propelling Liberals to second term

Ontario once again has picked the winner, as it has done in 13 of the last 14 federal elections.

Ontario PCs face lawsuit over election of party president

The man who lost his bid to become president of Doug Ford's Ontario Progressive Conservative party is suing over a claim that party brass broke their own election rules to thwart his candidacy.

How the 'Doug Ford strategies' are playing out in the election campaign

With voting day just a weekend away, there are questions about the effectiveness of the Liberal Party's dominant campaign strategy in Ontario: invoking Premier Doug Ford to try to drag down Andrew Scheer's Conservatives. 

Doug Ford's changing the look of your hydro bill – but no, you won't be saving more money

The Ford government is forcing electricity providers across Ontario to change the layout of hydro bills, making the provincial subsidy appear more prominently.

How the real issues facing people of colour are struggling to gain election traction

Although the topic of racism has been a prominent and recurring theme in this federal campaign, there’s little evidence the real issues facing racial minorities in Canada are on the election agenda. 

Doug Ford's government has made 'next to no progress' on plan to cut carbon emissions: report

The Ontario government of Doug Ford has done almost nothing on the bulk of the promises in the greenhouse-gas reduction plan it introduced last November, according to a new report by an environmental watchdog group. 

What the CUPE deal means for the Ford government and teacher negotiations

While Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government managed to reach a last-minute deal to avert a strike by school support workers, far tougher rounds of education bargaining loom ahead. 

How a school strike in Ontario could affect the federal election

As hard as Ontario Premier Doug Ford is trying to stay out of the federal election, the provincial political climate is threatening to drag him back into the campaign in a big way, as some 55,000 education workers in the province are poised to strike on Monday if they do not reach a contract deal. 

How non-partisan mayors can influence a partisan election campaign

It's a tightrope for mayors to walk: weighing in on the federal election while remaining non-partisan.

'This is ground zero': Conservative ex-MPs try to win back crucial GTA seats

Six former MPs in the Greater Toronto Area are aiming for a political comeback by trying to regain crucial seats for the Conservative Party. The ridings they're fighting to win back were crucial to Stephen Harper's majority in 2011, but went to the Liberals in 2015.

Ontario's deficit was $7.4B last year — far lower than the Ford government claimed it was

Ontario's deficit for 2018-19 is half what the Ford government claimed it was after taking power from the Kathleen Wynne's Liberals.

Brad Blair, ex-OPP officer, files $15M lawsuit and calls for public inquiry

With calls for a public inquiry and news of a $15-million lawsuit, a new chapter is unfolding in the feud between Ontario Premier Doug Ford and a man who served in the top ranks of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Ford government restructuring Ontario's health ministry

The changes will mean re-structuring some of the divisions within Ontario’s health ministry bureaucracy.

Federally-funded non-profit fires senior staffer following investigation by Radio-Canada

A federally-funded economic development agency on Tuesday fired the senior executive who'd been running its Toronto office. 

Doug Ford government held talks with PC donor on removing Greenbelt land

The Ontario government spent nearly a year in talks with a developer about a pitch to build housing in the province's Greenbelt, despite Premier Doug Ford's promise not to touch the protected area, CBC News has learned.