John Michael McGrath


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

John Michael McGrath's articles

Published On: Mar 23,2020
OPINION: Trudeau may invoke the Emergencies Act. Or he may not. It doesn’t matter: the real work is being done by the provinces.
Published On: Mar 20,2020
OPINION: MPPs showed up for work this week for a brief but important meeting of the legislature — and showed what politicians can accomplish in a crisis.
Published On: Mar 17,2020
Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in the province of Ontario. What will that involve, and what comes next?
Published On: Mar 16,2020
OPINION: The provincial government is taking the measured advice of professionals and being careful not to panic. That’s good — but it may not be enough.
Published On: Mar 13,2020
OPINION: Libraries are “palaces for the people” — but government rarely appreciates the work they do.
Published On: Mar 11,2020
ANALYSIS: Eglinton–Lawrence MPP Robin Martin wants to keep property-tax assessments from shooting skyward in parts of the city that are seeing a forest of condos go up.
Published On: Mar 09,2020
OPINION: New Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca is a known quantity. Here’s what we know about his baggage.  
Published On: Mar 06,2020
Raising taxes is likely a hard sell in the PC caucus. But events from this past week should have the government considering new tax measures for the GTA’s housing market. 
Published On: Mar 04,2020
ANALYSIS: The Parliamentary Budget Office has released a report on the fiscal sustainability of Canada and the provinces — and it’s got big news for Ontario.
Published On: Mar 02,2020
ANALYSIS: The government promised major changes to how cities force developers to pay for community benefits. Now it wants more time.
Published On: Feb 25,2020
The future is coming for us all — and the province needs to figure out how we’re going to power it.
Published On: Feb 21,2020
OPINION: Thanks to their licence-plate bungling, the Tories have had a rough week. But it's worth looking at some recent policy moves that haven't gone wrong.  
Published On: Feb 19,2020
OPINION: The Tories love to rail against the Liberal record on “corporate welfare.” But are they any better?
Published On: Feb 14,2020
Labour was crushed in the last election. A new report lays out why — and it should give politicians in this province lots to think about.
Published On: Feb 11,2020
OPINION: Agriculture may be the most visible form of industry in rural parts of the province, but it hasn’t been the primary employer there for decades. Do we need to rethink our approach to subsidies?
Published On: Feb 07,2020
OPINION: The Progressive Conservatives have announced they’re ready to introduce a new bill and regulations to speed up transit planning. They may not be ready for the backlash.
Published On: Feb 05,2020
The GTA has a housing crisis, but residents are often opposed to things like new semi-detached homes. That’s something the Tories will have to reckon with.
Published On: Feb 03,2020 speaks with the only non-GTA, non-Ottawa candidate about why she’d be the best person to get the provincial party out of its current dire straits.