John Michael McGrath


John Michael McGrath is a reporter at covering provincial politics and policy.

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: Jun 20,2019
OPINION: If Toronto wants to talk about protecting its policies from the whims of Queen’s Park, it needs to stop treating the rest of Ontario like some sort of barren wasteland.  
Published On: Jun 18,2019
OPINION: Queen’s Park is abuzz with rumours of an impending cabinet shuffle. But merely changing the faces around the table won’t change public opinion.
Published On: Jun 13,2019
ANALYSIS: A committee headed by a prominent Ontario Liberal has recommended that Ottawa move ahead with full public pharmacare. But that can’t happen before the next election — and, after October, provinces may stand in the way.  
Published On: Jun 11,2019
ANALYSIS: New research suggests that opposition to carbon pricing may not have been the primary motivator behind Doug Ford’s political success. We look at what really drove PC support in Ontario.
Published On: Jun 06,2019
ANALYSIS: The Progressive Conservatives have introduced legislation to cap public-sector salary increases. Here’s what the new law will do, and why the government wants it.
Published On: Jun 05,2019
ANALYSIS: A year after her crushing defeat, the former premier talks to about heckling in the house, the future of the Liberal party, and why she’s not going anywhere.
Published On: Jun 03,2019
ANALYSIS: The Beer Store fight isn’t just about beer. Here’s how it can help us understand the nature of Ontario politics over the course of the last generation.
Published On: May 28,2019
OPINION: Whether you drink beer or not, if you’re a progressive voter, you should be rooting for the premier in his government’s battle with beer companies.  
Published On: May 27,2019
OPINION: The Progressive Conservatives have staked their credibility on major spending cuts — but, for the third time since taking office, they’ve backed down in the face of public outcry  
Published On: May 24,2019
OPINION: The former cabinet member is running to be the next leader of his party. But can he walk away from the mistakes he made as a minister in the last government?  
Published On: May 22,2019
OPINION: The Progressive Conservatives are offering municipalities $7.35 million to go hunting for “efficiencies.” They’d call it a waste of money if they weren’t in power.   
Published On: May 17,2019
The federal agency responsible for finding a long-term storage site for spent nuclear fuel has been scouting out possible locations for a Deep Geological Repository. Two of them are in Bruce County.  
Published On: May 14,2019
ANALYSIS: The government’s new housing bill will give it far more power to force development around transit stations. Here’s why that could lead to more housing — and angry urban voters.  
Published On: May 10,2019
OPINION: Ottawa wants to crack down on the dirty money flowing into Canada’s economy — but there can be no national plan unless Ontario takes action.
Published On: May 06,2019
ANALYSIS: The federal carbon tax has survived its first legal test, but at least two more are coming. So what does the Saskatchewan decision mean for its future?
Published On: May 03,2019
OPINION: The ink hadn’t even dried on the government’s housing plan before critics charged that it was a giveaway to developers. But if it means that more homes get built, then what’s the problem?  
Published On: May 01,2019
OPINION: Innisfil town council opted for the plan because of its low upfront costs — but two years later, councillors are capping service and raising prices.
Published On: Apr 30,2019
Last week, the Progressive Conservative government found itself defending corner-store beer sales and funding cuts — so what do those things have in common?