John Michael McGrath
John Michael McGrath is a reporter at TVO,org covering provincial politics and policy.
OPINION: The government says legislation to cut council from 47 to 25 seats will eliminate “dysfunction.” It won’t, but John Michael McGrath suggests some measures that could.
ANALYSIS: The PCs are not the first party to have discovered that the tools of the Opposition are inconvenient when you’re in government, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: The province’s grain farmers have become collateral damage in the trade war between China and the U.S. Now they’re asking Ottawa and Queen’s Park for help, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: An Ontario court declared that the premier’s move to cut Toronto’s government in half was unconstitutional. But thanks to the Charter’s notwithstanding clause, that ruling doesn’t matter, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: Five years ago, the Liberal government committed to a two-stop subway in Scarborough. It’s been a disaster for Toronto and the province — and it didn’t even save the Liberals, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: Rural communities in southwestern Ontario want the PCs to rethink a plan to build high-speed rail between Toronto and Windsor. A recent FOI disclosure may lay the groundwork for that, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The Conservative Party of Canada wants to change the country’s birthright-citizenship laws. Andrew Scheer should look to Ontario political history before making his next move, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: Mayors and councillors asked the PC cabinet plenty of questions in Ottawa this week, but they got very few answers. John Michael McGrath says there’s good reason for that.
Since the provincial election, Ontario cities have been in a holding pattern — and with municipal and federal contests coming up, more of the same may be in store, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: Toronto doesn’t participate in the annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario — but the Tories’ Bill 5 has everyone talking about the city, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The Tories have cut the basic-income pilot short — but there are still plenty of anti-poverty measures they could take if they want to, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The Tories have made a U-turn on the province’s pot-selling plans — and as a change of pace, their proposal isn’t attracting much outrage, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: The Tories have vowed to reintroduce a decades-old sex-ed curriculum. When they do, writes John Michael McGrath, advocates for LGBTQ students will take the province to court.
OPINION: Transit politics have consumed Toronto city hall for the past eight years. It may be housing’s turn, writes John Michael McGrath.
A new report from the Mowat Centre warns that provincial revenues could be threatened in the future — just when Ontario will be facing huge health-care costs.
OPINION: Jennifer Keesmaat launched her mayoral campaign with talk of “secession” — but if the city wants to leave Ontario, writes John Michael McGrath, it has to take Doug Ford in the divorce.
ANALYSIS: The premier announced Friday that the provincial government wants to cut council in half. There’s a lot we don’t know about his plan, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: In the wake of yet another shooting, city council is set to approve millions in funding for surveillance. The issue deserves more than a rushed debate, writes John Michael McGrath.