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Ontario’s legislative session hasn’t even begun and MPPs are probably already wondering when they can go home.

Feb 16 2018 — John Milloy — Watching the three-ring circus that passes for Ontario politics these days, you forget that the legislature hasn’t even started its spring session. When it does begin next week, it is certain to be a wild ride. With an election in early June, the stakes are high. And for the PCs, caught in a leadership soap opera, this […]

Ontarians ought to be concerned about recent PC Party infighting

Jan 12 2018 — John Milloy — “Political party infighting” might be the most boring phrase in the English language. For many, it’s up there on the excitement scale with debates over the best brand of lawn seed or watching darts tournaments on TV. Ontarians, however, might want to take a closer look at an internal fight within the Ontario Progressive Conservatives; […]

Don’t use the Canada Summer Jobs Program to score points in the abortion debate

Jan 10 2018 — John Milloy — There is something unsettling about recent changes to the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs Program. Wanting to ensure that pro-life organizations are ineligible to have their summer students’ wages subsidized, applicants must now attest to the fact that they support “the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” including “reproductive rights” and the […]

Why did Patrick Brown undermine his own platform?

Dec 16 2017 — John Milloy — Why did Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown undermine his platform launch with a silly promise to resign if his top five promises were not implemented? It all seemed to be going so well. News that the PC blueprint for the next election would be presented at a PC gathering had generated considerable media attention, and Brown […]

Did events at Wilfrid Laurier University cause you to roll your eyes? Three tips for creating meaningful debate and dialogue.

Nov 29 2017 — John Milloy — Has political correctness gotten out of control? As someone who works at Wilfrid Laurier University that question has recently been top of mind. News that a Laurier professor chastised their teaching assistant for wading into the transgender debate made the university the subject of national and even international attention. To many, freedom of speech and […]

Tackling income inequality: how Ontario Liberals got it right and federal Liberals got it wrong

Oct 25 2017 — John Milloy — It is probably no coincidence that two of our nation’s Liberal parties, one in Ottawa and one at Queen’s Park, both decided to tackle income inequality. Harnessing the growing frustration that the system is rigged in favour of the rich seems like a recipe for reaping electoral rewards. Both policy approaches appeared well-thought out. The […]

Pro-life and pro-choice women sat down to talk in the US: Are there any lessons for Canada?

Oct 11 2017 — John Milloy — A shooting at a Boston area abortion clinic brought six women together for a talk. Three were pro-life movement leaders and three were high-profile pro-choice activists. The dialogue, which began in 1994, spanned more than five years and was sponsored by the Public Conversations Project. This US based organization, founded in 1989, attempts to foster […]

The most worrisome aspect of our current tax debate

Sep 27 2017 — John Milloy — The federal Liberal’s attempt to reform the tax system for small business has not exactly been a high point of their time in office. Taxes are a funny thing.  In our elementary and high school civics classes we learned that they were a way of pooling our resources to pay for public services that we […]

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 […]