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Time for a grown-up conversation on candidate nominations (without calling the police)

Sep 23 2017 — John Milloy — Have you noticed a common theme around what passes as “scandal” in Ontario politics these days? The majority of political shenanigans seem to relate to the selection of local candidates by political parties. The Ontario PCs seem particularly vulnerable on this issue. There seems to be an endless stream of media reports about controversial nomination […]

Note to NDP Leadership Candidates: Quebec’s Bill 62 is wrong, no ifs, ands, or buts

Sep 7 2017 — John Milloy — It has been fascinating to watch NDP leadership candidates twist themselves into pretzels over Quebec’s controversial Bill 62 which would prevent women with face coverings from delivering or obtaining government services. All four candidates are kind of, sort of, opposed to it. Quebec MP Guy Caron is personally against the bill, but believes that Quebec […]

For some Ontario MPPs, this summer is about reflecting on their future: let’s show them some respect

Jul 29 2017 — John Milloy — With an Ontario provincial election planned for next June, many MPPs will be spending this summer kick-starting their unofficial re-election campaigns.  But not everyone will be out shaking hands and kissing babies on the barbecue circuit. For many, this summer will be a period of serious reflection. Is it finally time to call it quits? […]

The sesquicentennial challenge

Jun 21 2017 — John Milloy — Being only a toddler in 1967, I have no direct memories of our centennial. As I grew up, however, I frequently heard what a remarkable year it had been for Canada.  The constant playing of my parents’ copy of Bobby Gimby’s Canada song, with its earworm-inducing tune and lyrics, only helped to reinforce the fact […]

Hey Jagmeet, are you sure you really want to try this?

Jun 7 2017 — John Milloy — I didn’t know Jagmeet Singh very well when we sat together in the Ontario Legislature but it is quite apparent that he is a thoughtful and talented politician who will add much to the federal NDP leadership race. It’s hard, however, not to feel a little sorry for anyone wanting to leave the relative straightforwardness of Queen’s […]

Why has the Canada Summer Jobs Program become mired in politics?

Apr 26 2017 — John Milloy — Have you heard about the controversy surrounding the federal government’s summer jobs program and abortion? Yes, you heard me right — summer jobs and abortion. It’s hard to think of something as controversial as abortion being linked to something as inoffensive as the Canada Summer Jobs Program that offers employers wage subsidies to hire students. […]

An MP’s changing world of work

Mar 29 2017 — John Milloy — The world of work is changing for most people. For Canadian politicians, the question of how it might change is especially perplexing because it’s not obvious what they are doing right now. What are the duties and responsibilities of the people we elect to Parliament in Ottawa and to the legislatures in our provincial and […]

Let’s give faith a seat at the political table

Mar 3 2017 — John Milloy — Let me make an argument you don’t hear every day: Religion has a lot to offer our political system. Of course, many Canadians will disagree. To them religion and politics are a dangerous mix, evoking visions of Bible-thumping American politicians ramming conservative views down voters’ throats. Yes, faith can be used to exclude people from […]