Voters were being asked Monday to elect a federal government, not an Ontario government.

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On Wednesday morning, The Globe flared (top of the front page) anexclusive story by Adrian Morrow with the headline “Ontario paid $1-million to teachers’ union.”

That was followed the next day by a second story: “Multiple payouts given to teacher unions” which added another $1.5-million in payouts to teachers unions to cover their bargaining costs. Followed by one more: “Ontario never sought receipts before paying teacher unions.”

I heard from a number of readers on Twitter and by e-mail who were suspicious of the timing of this story and wondered whether The Globe held it back.

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H.G. Watson was J-Source's managing editor from 2015 to 2018. She is a journalist based in Toronto. You can learn more about her at