National Newswatch

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 […]

Religion and politics don’t need to be adversaries

Nov 15 2019 — John Milloy — There were many casualties in our recent federal election: truth, civility and reasoned public debate – to name only three. The greatest wounds, however, appear to have been inflicted on the notion that people of faith can contribute — in a positive way — to political discourse. Instead, we witnessed religious faith caricatured, maligned and […]

Religion and politics: How Andrew Scheer might find his JFK moment

Sep 14 2019 — John Milloy — In a recent opinion piece, National Post columnist John Ivison encouraged Andrew Scheer to directly confront those trying to portray him as an ultra-conservative Catholic harbouring a secret agenda to ban abortion and curb LGBTQ rights. Ivison suggested Scheer adopt the strategy used by John F. Kennedy during the 1960 election campaign. Trying to reassure voters […]

A premier and his cellphone

Aug 4 2019 — John Milloy — There was something endearing about Doug Ford’s unusual habit of giving out his personal cellphone number to anyone and everyone. He invited them to call or text him with questions or concerns. The practice was so unorthodox that when he ended it a few weeks ago it made headlines. According to Ford’s office, the phone […]

Premier Ford: You need to change more than just your players

Jul 2 2019 — John Milloy — It’s not the best of times for Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives. As they begin their second year in office, the Ford government is trailing in the polls and the premier keeps being booed at public events. Although the recent cabinet overhaul and subsequent departure of the premier’s chief of staff may help, a big part of […]

Qualities the new Ontario Liberal leader will need

Jun 7 2019 — John Milloy — Choosing the leader of a political party is kind of like choosing a spouse: You don’t expect perfection, but you want someone who doesn’t embarrass you in public, and gets along with your entire family — even your right wing uncle, your tree-hugging sister and those nieces and nephews who never look up from their […]

Compared to the Ford budget, Rae Days may not seem so bad

Apr 8 2019 — John Milloy — Although there is much speculation about the details of the Doug Ford government’s first budget, there is no doubt about its overall theme — spending cuts. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli seems poised to deliver a “tough-love,” “it’s-worse-than-anyone-thought,” “slash-and-burn” budget on April 11. The signs are everywhere. Since taking office, the Ford government ended the Ontario […]

Doug Ford government’s ham-fisted handling of autism reform

Mar 11 2019 — John Milloy — My heart goes out to parents of children with autism. They advocate for their kids with courage and I understand why they are angry with the government’s plan to cap treatment dollars. I also feel for the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Lisa MacLeod. Her heart is in the right place and as […]

Yes! Reform the PMO! But it’s easier said than done

Feb 20 2019 — John Milloy — Gerald Butts has resigned and Ottawa is awash with speculation about the next chapter in the SNC-Lavalin affair. My take on it is simple — I have absolutely no idea. And in the interests of full disclosure, I worked with Gerald at Queen’s Park and found him to be a capable and honourable fellow. What I do know, however, is that as the dust settles on this […]