Welcome to Queen’s Park Observer
This is a newsletter for people interested in everything that’s going on at the Pink Palace (so nicknamed for the pinkish hue of its sandstone facade).
The guiding star will be to bring you in-depth coverage on the most powerful people in Ontario politics, the ins and outs of policymaking, and to shine a spotlight on the arguably underreported underbelly of political parties.
Think of it as your playbook for navigating the politics, policies and people around Queen’s Park. It’s stuff you’ve never had but always needed. And it’s become the most-read newsletter at Queen’s Park, trusted by the most powerful players in the province.
What a subscription gets you (and me)
Pretty much everything. By subscribing for $50 a month, or a discounted $500 a year, you’ll get the newsletter bright and early every day at 6 a.m. (let’s say 6-ish when the House isn’t sitting) — chock-full of scoops, the biggest headlines and expert analysis, along with dispatches from the House on legislative debates, committee proceedings, Question Period, regulatory proposals and more.
You’ll also receive regular roundups on lobbying, fundraising, polling and exclusive staff moves and events you won’t find anywhere else.
Plus, fun stuff like feature profiles, policy deep dives, Q&As and good old-fashioned insider gossip.
You won’t have to worry about missing anything. Every new edition of the newsletter goes straight to your inbox. You’ll also have full access to the archive.
Subscribing is a great way to support me and this newsletter, help me hire a fact-checker and editor (I manage to get the apostrophe wrong about 50 per cent of the time when it comes to private member’s — shoot! — private members’ bills), and enable me to do my best work.
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Queen’s Park Observer is written by me, Sabrina Nanji. I’m a seven-year veteran of the Legislature’s Press Gallery. (I’m also the first woman of colour to sit on its executive. Read: I’m a huge nerd for the job and take the fight for journalistic access seriously.)
I’ve covered Ontario politics and policy since 2016, for the Toronto Star, TVO.org and Reuters, and cut my newsletter teeth at QP Briefing and Queen’s Park Today. That’s where I carved out the inside track on political reporting — igniting the idea for this newsletter.
Some of my favourite #onpoli stories include: An exclusive behind-the-scenes rundown of the Ford family wedding saga, uncovering the real spending of the 2022 election, exposing a shutterbug staffer who posed in jails, scooping Marit Stiles’ bid for NDP captain, hunting for a Liberal-friendly voter in Vaughan, the jump on the new chiefs of staff and loads more.
You might also know my previous work, featuring: breaking the news that meme group Ontario Proud’s biggest donors were real estate developers, uncovering allegations of racism and preferential treatment in Liberal nominations, digging into family dynasties in the 2018 Tory leadership contest, and revealing a PC MPP who threw her hat in the federal political ring was elbowed out by her own provincial party.
Catch me as a regular on Newstalk 1010, CBC’s Power and Politics, CTV’s Power Play and Question Period, CP24, TVO’s The Agenda, am640 Toronto, SiriusXM’s The Daily Edition with Matt Gurney and more. I’ve also been a panelist and moderator at political and policy conferences and a guest speaker at post-secondary institutions.
I was born in Etobicoke, grew up in Brampton, went to school in Ottawa (Go Ravens!) and am now settled in Midtown Toronto, where I love to grab coffee with readers to hear their story ideas. If you’ve got something percolating, drop me a line at email@example.com.