National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]