National Newswatch

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 […]

Ontario Liberals’ existential crisis

Feb 10 2019 — John Milloy — Leadership fever has hit the Ontario Liberal Party. Liberal circles are full of gossip and speculation about who will replace Kathleen Wynne. There are even signs of the type of drama and intrigue that often accompanies these contests. The Liberal’s June annual meeting will be entertaining. Party members will face questions about the timing of […]

Doug Ford’s pre-Christmas attack on accountability

Jan 14 2019 — John Milloy — Several years ago a group of prominent Canadian authors were asked to come up with the three most boring words in the English language. Their answer: officers of parliament. OK, I made that up. But you have to admit discussions around the role of independent agents of the legislature ranks pretty high on the boring […]

Doug Ford and gun control

Dec 1 2018 — John Milloy — You can’t accuse Doug Ford of being inactive. Despite spending long hours fighting with the feds, dealing with sexual misconduct scandals and holding show trials of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals, our busy premier still has enough energy to dismantle government programs and eliminate officers of the legislature. Ford’s activist streak stops, however, when it comes […]

Ford is an opportunist who has an answer for every question, but is it the right answer?

Nov 5 2018 — John Milloy — Although I am not Doug Ford’s biggest fan, I do have some grudging respect for his political prowess. His ability to tap into Ontarians’ frustrations is impressive. Smart politics, however, doesn’t always equal good policy. A perfect example is the premier’s crusade against the way Ontario’s schools teach math. The Tories recently made the surprise […]