National Newswatch

Why wouldn’t politicians be among the first to be vaccinated?

Dec 17 2020 — John Milloy — Politicians should be among the first Canadians to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Could you imagine if someone seriously made that suggestion? It seems unfathomable. As Susan Delacourt pointed out in a recent Toronto Star column, elected officials are on their guard to avoid “any suggestion that they’re using their positions to secure immunity before their […]

New assisted death legislation pushes the boundaries too far

Dec 3 2020 — John Milloy — “Is nothing sacred?” Remember that expression? It was a favourite of 1970s sitcom fathers, railing against whatever new social norms were part of that week’s plot. You don’t hear it much anymore. The word “sacred” — the sense that there are things that must be revered and lines that shouldn’t be crossed — has fallen […]

Mixing faith and politics could be a good thing for Canada

Oct 21 2020 — John Milloy — In terms of Canadian politics, something extraordinary happened recently. Three MPs, from three different political parties, came together to have a positive discussion about what unites them and how they can work together. In our hyperpartisan world, this alone might be notable. But what really made this inspired was the vehicle they identified to achieve […]

Erin O’Toole retreats in the face of Bill 21

Sep 22 2020 — John Milloy — They often say that one of the difficulties of discussing racism and prejudice in Canada is our reputation for being “nice.” Our supposed “niceness” acts as a veneer that covers up serious underlying issues. Not everything in our nation is covered by a nice veneer. Take Bill 21, Quebec’s so-called secularism law. The law openly […]

When it comes to debating public policy, a little humility might go a long way

Jul 11 2020 — John Milloy — The November 2010 Munk Debate was billed as an intellectual “thrilla in Manila.”  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a devout Christian, took on renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens on the question of religion. The evening was fairly predictable until a member of the audience asked the debaters to identify which of their opponent’s arguments they found […]

In Canada, it matters who has jurisdiction and who does not

Jul 6 2020 — John Milloy — As Canada emerges from COVID-19, our public policy to-do list is very long: long-term care; precarious workers; systemic racism in policing and other institutions; jobs; and poverty — to name just a few. Justin Trudeau better step up — right? Get with the program, people. Canada is a federation in which responsibilities are divided between […]

A basic income program is far from the ‘slam dunk’ many believe

May 23 2020 — John Milloy — Is a basic income on the horizon? Advocates would say “absolutely”. It seems a day doesn’t go by without another opinion piece pointing out that the pandemic has created the ideal conditions for its adoption here in Canada. People want radical change, especially for people who are struggling. COVID-19 may render millions permanently unemployed and […]

There is no quick or cheap way to fix our long-term care system

May 11 2020 — John Milloy — COVID-19 has shone a light on some of our society’s worst injustices. Our long-term care system is a prime example. The news cycle has been dominated by stories of overworked and underpaid staff, working in overcrowded and aging facilities that are subject to minimal inspection. “Do something” and “do it now” has been the cry […]

Ontario Liberal leadership hopefuls need to speak out on their personal worldviews

Dec 23 2019 — John Milloy — Ontario Liberals are in the middle of a leadership contest and, depending on who wins, Liberals could be making some fairly bold promises in the next provincial election: eliminating public funding of Catholic schools; free public transit; a citizens’ assembly on electoral reform; a basic income program; or the nomination of 30 Liberal candidates under […]