John Michael McGrath
John Michael McGrath is a reporter at TVO,org covering provincial politics and policy.
OPINION: Doug Ford promised to liberalize alcohol sales in Ontario, and his opponents called him irresponsible — but progressive parties need to learn how to make life easier for people, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: Pollsters disagree about where the 18-to-34 set will place their vote — but the fact that they’re even paying attention to young voters is telling, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: At the start of the campaign, the Liberals promised to focus on Tory policies instead of Tory personalities — but that hasn’t been the case so far, writes John Michael McGrath
OPINION: Mike Schreiner knows the Green Party won’t be forming the next provincial government. That’s why it can run on a platform full of unlikely ideas, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The Tory leader spent much of Friday’s northern Ontario debate proclaiming himself the region’s true champion — but his thoughts on immigration suggest he hasn’t been listening to what the north has been saying, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: If you want to get a sense of a candidate’s principles, don’t study their behaviour during election season — study their record, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: The NDP are calling it their strongest campaign ever — but with the Tories so far ahead in the polls, John Michael McGrath asks whether it will be enough.
OPINION: Doug Ford says he’d open the Greenbelt to housing development. It’s a bad idea — but the Liberals are partly to blame for this threat to their most popular policy, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The auditor general’s latest indictment of the government’s accounting is damning, but the province doesn’t need a commission of inquiry to solve anything — an election will do, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The government has announced two new university campuses, to be built in Milton and Brampton. It should be looking elsewhere, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: The New Democrats have released their most ambitious platform in a decade — but there are important details they’ll need to flesh out if they win the election, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: With the start of the Liberal “air war” against Ford, the Progressive Conservative leader will get his first taste of politics in the big leagues.
OPINION: This week, Peter Milczyn gave cities everything they’d ever wanted in a new inclusionary-zoning rule. Meanwhile, Toronto demonstrated that it can’t be trusted with the powers it already has, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: Thanks to permits issued before Betamax went out of style, a development near Lake Simcoe is going ahead despite policies designed to stop projects exactly like it, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: Jennifer Keesmaat wants the country to get back to building rentals, and she’s got a plan to do it. But, asks John Michael McGrath, is she underestimating the resistance she’ll face?
OPINION: The 2018 Ontario budget includes a $11 billion promise to build a high-speed rail line from Toronto to Waterloo Region. But there’s less here than meets the eye, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: Anyone who was hoping for a detailed explanation of what the new Tory leader would do as premier will need to wait a little bit longer, writes John Michael McGrath.
ANALYSIS: The Ontario government made its big-ticket priorities clear long before budget day — but there were still a few surprises in store, writes John Michael McGrath.