Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Wynne-Trump-Tariffs)

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she's very concerned by U-S President Donald Trump's announcement that Washington plans to introduce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Wynne says any tariff measures that include steel or aluminum from Ontario could have serious negative impacts on workers and businesses on both sides of the border.

She says any suggestion that Ontario-made steel or aluminum constitutes a 'national security threat' to the U-S is false, adding Canada and the U-S are key allies and partners.

Wynne says she will ask Ottawa to "aggressively explore all options to protect Ontario's workers and industry." (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-NDP-Balagus)

N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath (HOR'-vath) has reinstated her chief of staff.

Michael Balagus was briefly relieved of his duties amid allegations that he failed to properly address sexual misconduct complaints when he was chief of staff to the former premier of Manitoba.

Horwath says she's comfortable allowing him to resume his duties and that he takes responsibility for his part in what happened in Manitoba.

Several women have alleged that a former Manitoba finance minister tickled and groped them, and that their complaints were brushed aside by senior officials, including Balagus.

Horwath says Balagus recognizes that a chief of staff is responsible for ensuring a safe work environment, adding that he has worked to improve reporting protocols for the Ontario N-D-P. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-Opposition)

Ontario's Tories are dropping a legal battle against a former party member as they try to present a united front ahead of this spring's election.

Interim leader Vic Fedeli says the party should not have sued Jim Karahalios and will abandon its appeal of a court decision to dismiss the lawsuit launched under former leader Patrick Brown.

Fedeli says the appeal would have been costly and unsuccessful.

The Tories had alleged that Karahalios was misusing the party's membership list to advocate against Brown's decisions and the carbon tax that formed the bedrock of the party's platform.

An Ontario court threw out the lawsuit last year, calling it an attempt to quash dissent and limit expression on a matter of public interest. …

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