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  • Randall White: Indigenous Law and Reconciliation With Canada's First Nations

    A recent series of lectures in Toronto might help Prime Minister Trudeau's search for an path towards reconciliation with Canada's First Nations.
    Posted date : November 12, 2017
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  • Randall White: Ontario Basic Income Experiment Not Universal, But It’s A Start

    Critics of Ontario's Basic Income pilot project say the fact it's not universal means it won't achieve economic security where jobs are perilous and scarce.
    Posted date : October 26, 2017
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  • Ontario’s Marijuana Plans: “Walking On The Wild Side With Presbyterian Rules”

    On the cutting edge? Randall White writes Ontario's approach to marijuana distribution has much more in common with the Roaring 20's and the end of prohibition.
    Posted date : September 25, 2017
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  • Ontario Election A Wildcard

    Poll results, Ontario election history, and politics in the age of Donald Trump: all make for a 2018 election whose outcome is anyone's guess, writes Randall White.
    Posted date : September 08, 2017
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  • Happy 150th Birthday To Ontario, Canada’s Most Populous Province

    Some say Canada's 150th Anniversary isn't as exciting as it's 100th. But there are many ways to look at important milestones in our nation's history. Randall White explains.
    Posted date : June 27, 2017
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  • Randall White: Ontario And Quebec’s Latest Constitution Mongering

    A recent Quebec paper argues it may be time to start talking once again about constitutional reform in Canada. Randall White argues that could be good for Ontario.
    Posted date : June 12, 2017
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  • High Speed Rail For Vote-Rich Liberal Heartland: Does It Make Sense?

    The Liberals want a high-speed rail system for Southwestern Ontario - an idea as old as Bill Davis' Conservative government. Randall White explores the concept.
    Posted date : May 26, 2017
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  • Can BC Election Tell Us Anything About Ontario In 2018?

    A Liberal government led by a woman in BC, up for re-election after holding power for more than 15 years. Sound familiar? Randall White on whether there are lessons for Kathleen Wynne.
    Posted date : May 11, 2017
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  • Ontario And The New Canadian Free Trade Agreement

    If Ontario really does put Canada first, it has to be a big supporter of the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement scheduled to take effect July 1st. Randall White delves into the details.
    Posted date : April 22, 2017
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  • Premier Kathleen Wynne and Women in Power

    Wynne's popularity has hit an all time low of 12% - just about rock bottom. Could the fact she is the first woman and openly gay Ontario Premier be working against her? Randall White explores.
    Posted date : April 04, 2017
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  • “Everybody Wants The School To Remain Open, But Nobody Wants To Pay For It

    Ontario's PCs and NDP are pressuring the Liberals to hold the line on school closures. But to keep them open, says Randall White, no one wants to pay the piper.
    Posted date : March 22, 2017
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  • Could Kathleen Wynne Get Caught Up In The Trump Whirlwind Next Election?

    Donald Trump, Brexit, and the French election: could swings to the right affect voters casting ballots in the Ontario's 2018 election? Randall White has more.
    Posted date : March 07, 2017
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  • The 2016 Census: Deep Dive Shows Good News For Ontario's Growth

    Canada's western provinces may have grown fastest, but Ontario remains the country's most populous province, writes Randall White. There was good news for of its areas.
    Posted date : February 14, 2017
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  • What Should Ontario Do If Senate Reform Lite Really Is “A Constitutional Crisis Waiting To Happen”?

    Prime Minister Trudeau's emphasis on making Senators independent ignores a constitutional crisis waiting to happen, writes Randall White.
    Posted date : February 02, 2017
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  • Ontario Is Far From Alone In Considering A Basic Income Project

    Ontario joins Finland, Scotland and even Silicon Valley in looking at a basic income plan to solve technology's cannibalizing more and more jobs. Randall White explains.
    Posted date : January 17, 2017
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  • Randall White: Where Will Ontario's NDP Go In 2017?

    When a veteran New Democrat the stature of Paul Ferreira quit the party in protest, many snapped to attention. The former MPP says the party of Andrea Horwath needs a serious "reset".
    Posted date : December 22, 2016
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  • New Directions In Canada-U.S. Trade Under Donald Trump

    His pledge to rip up NAFTA makes the future of Canada-U.S. trade unknown. But many jobs in Trump-supporting states depend heavily on exports to Canada, observes Randall White.
    Posted date : December 05, 2016
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  • Randall White: Can The Wynne Liberals Survive In The Age Of Trump?

    With low poll numbers and a shaky by-election record, some are predicting Kathleen Wynne will not be able to survive in the age of a Donald Trump presidency.
    Posted date : November 21, 2016
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  • Ontario's Auto Sector: The Threats To This Key Economic Driver

    With the pending Trans Pacific Trade deal and pressure to fight climate change, the stakes are enormous for Ontario's auto sector. Randall White wonders what comes next.
    Posted date : May 19, 2016
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  • Why Ontario Faces Massive Challenges In Indigenous Policy

    The Trudeau government has promised to make major strides in addressing the difficulties facing First Nations. Randall White explains why the challenge is massive.
    Posted date : April 26, 2016
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  • The Ontario Economy In The First Quarter

    The economy of Ontario is looking up in some areas. But its role in the overall Canadian economy still defies the stereotypes of the past. Randall White explains.
    Posted date : April 11, 2016
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  • Ontario And Federal Conservatives May Reap Rewards From Upcoming Manitoba Election

    The upcoming Manitoba election may hold lessons for Patrick Brown's Ontario Conservatives and for the party's federal cousins, says Randall White.
    Posted date : March 22, 2016
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  • Randall White: How To Grow The Welfare State While Balancing The Books

    Kathleen Wynne has offered what appear to be, at least on the surface, some progressive features, while paving a path to a balanced budget.
    Posted date : March 02, 2016
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  • Ontario And India Today: Has Kathleen Wynne's trade mission to India paid off?

    India is the world's third largest economy. Randall White writes that Ontario-India relations have evolved significantly over the years.
    Posted date : February 11, 2016
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  • Ontario Interests At Stake In Trudeau's Recent Senate Moves

    With 14 Ontario Senate seats vacant or coming due for appointment by 2018, Randall White writes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plans for reform are important to the province.
    Posted date : January 27, 2016
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  • Prospects May Be Looking Up For The Ontario Economy in 2016

    While many are tampering down their expectations for Canada's economy for 2016, Randall White says there are signs Ontario could be in for good economic news this year.
    Posted date : January 12, 2016
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  • Will Ontario Do The Right Thing On Health Care Reform At Last?

    Coordinating care from health care providers has long meant a tug of war between bureaucracies competing for money and jurisdiction. Randall White asks if plans for reform will work.
    Posted date : December 08, 2015
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  • Ontario Pivots To China: The Context Behind Kathleen Wynne's Trade Trip

    Premier Wynne's recent trip to China is the latest in a long line of Ontario, and Canadian, efforts to woo trade with the Asian economic giant. Randall White explains.
    Posted date : November 24, 2015
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  • Ottawa Power Politics: Are The Laurentian Elites Really Back In The Saddle?

    Some say the old "Laurentian elites" from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto are back in power with the election of the Trudeau government. But Randall White argues not necessarily so.
    Posted date : November 10, 2015
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  • How Real Is The New Ontario Trudeaumania?

    Is Justin Trudeau's win really the landslide in Ontario that people think it is? Randall White crunches the numbers of recent elections to find out.
    Posted date : October 27, 2015
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  • The Ghosts Of Canadian Elections Past And The Mystery Of Election 2015

    Canada appears to be headed for minority government — the big question is, led by whom? Randall White says there are important lessons offered by elections past.
    Posted date : October 15, 2015
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  • Ontario Offers Not Just Seats But Special Model For Post-Election Liberal-NDP Deal

    Not only are Ontario’s 121 seats key to which party wins, its historic 1985 Liberal-NDP Accord is a model to navigate the likely minority parliament ahead. Randall White explains.
    Posted date : September 29, 2015
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  • Campaign 2015: Ontario A Fickle Political Mistress

    Ontario, campaign pundits say, is ground zero for the CPC, NDP and Liberals. Randall White surveys the latest poll results, and he says this province is proving a fickle mistress.
    Posted date : September 15, 2015
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  • It's Time Toronto And All Ontario's Regions Got Reacquainted

    Things have changed, both in Toronto and Ontario's small towns, and summer is a good time for all regions to pull up a chair and get to know how each have evolved.
    Posted date : June 30, 2015
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  • Will Harper's Ontario Lead Hold?

    If an election were held today, would Stephen Harper's Conservatives still win in Ontario? Can Harper count on polls that have been wrong so often in recent elections? Randall White weighs in.
    Posted date : June 02, 2015
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  • Are The Mulcair New Democrats Really Ahead in Ontario?

    If some of the most recent polls are right, the country could be in for a sea in the upcoming federal election. But it's early days yet, explains Randall White.
    Posted date : May 27, 2015
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  • Ontario Marks 400th Anniversary of Champlain's Dream

    Samuel de Champlain's landing on the shores of Georgian Bay 400 years ago this summer left him with a vision of cultural harmony that endures for Ontario today, says Randall White.
    Posted date : May 19, 2015
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  • Lessons From The Real History Of People's Power In Ontario

    The “electricity debate” in Ontario “is often driven as much by ‘theology’ as it is by rational analysis," observed former Liberal MPP Sean Conway, and Randall White agrees.
    Posted date : May 06, 2015
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  • Can Patrick Brown fix the Ontario PCs?

    "A clash between two clear alternatives." That's Randall White's analysis of Patrick Brown and Christine Elliott coming into the home stretch of the race to become Ontario PC leader on May 9.
    Posted date : April 23, 2015
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  • Randall White: Ontario, Mike Duffy and Senate Reform

    Former Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty was always very clear: he felt the Senate should be abolished. But Kathleen Wynne wants it reformed. What could it all means for Ontario?
    Posted date : April 14, 2015
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  • Ring Of Fire Blocked By Ontario's "Tragic Failure" of Aboriginal Policy: Randall White

    Despite announcements that new mining players has jumped in to develop the lucrative Ring of Fire, some aboriginal leaders are opposing the deal.
    Posted date : April 07, 2015
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  • Positive Signs Abound For Ontario's Economy: Randall White

    Ontario is set to lead the provinces in growth in the next year, according to the Royal Bank of Canada. Randall White assesses that and other welcome economic news.
    Posted date : March 17, 2015
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  • The Ontario PC Leadership Race: Forecast? Murky

    Despite the spinners best efforts, no one is credibly predicting whether Brown, Elliott or McNaughton will be the next PC leader. But Randall White says history may offer some lessons.
    Posted date : February 18, 2015
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  • Budget Talks 2015: Is the Liberal Experiment In Internet Budget Making working?

    Budget secrecy used to be a strict tradition in Ontario. But recently, the Liberals are trying the opposite route. And for that, says Randall White, it should be applauded.
    Posted date : February 17, 2015
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  • Sudbury By-Election: Liberal

    The definition of "bribery" being used by the OPP may be much too broad for what Liberals did in the lead up to the Sudbury by election, says Randall White. Such negotiations are just part of the normal practice of politics.
    Posted date : January 28, 2015
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  • Taming A Tiger: Queen's Park Takes On The Toronto District School Board

    Education Minister Liz Sandals is openly musing about breaking up the TDSB. Randall White wonders if the "dysfunctional" board has orchestrated its own demise.
    Posted date : January 20, 2015
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  • Nothing Like A Winter Campaign In Sudbury

    Premier Wynne has pulled off a cunning piece of political engineering by luring federal NDP MP Glenn Thibeault into resigning and running for the Liberals. Or has she? More from Randall White.
    Posted date : January 13, 2015
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  • A Big Player To Watch In The 2015 Federal Election: The Voters Of Ontario

    Ontario voters will very likely determine Canada's next Prime Minister and whether we'll have a minority or majority government. Randall White explains.
    Posted date : January 06, 2015
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  • Ontario: A Province Ruled by Women?

    It used to be said that New Zealand was a country ruled by women. But Ontario may be catching up, should Christine Elliott or Lisa MacLeod win the PC leadership. More from Randall White.
    Posted date : December 03, 2014
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  • Wynne, Harper And The Tangled Traditions Of Federal-Provincial Relations In Ontario

    The Ontario premier's fights with Prime Minister Stephen Harper are more the norm than the exception in federal-provincial relations, says Randall White.
    Posted date : November 27, 2014
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  • Which Is Leading The Canadian Economy - Alberta, Ontario, Or None Of The Above?

    There was a time when Ontario was the engine of growth for Canada. Are we heading back there again?
    Posted date : November 18, 2014
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  • Is Greg Sorbara Right About The Gas Plant

    The opposition's two-year hammer is really just sound and fury, says the former finance minister in his new autobiography "The Battlefield of Ontario Politics."
    Posted date : November 11, 2014
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  • Is A More Constructive Legislature In the Cards?

    Is it just wishful thinking to hope majority government at Queen's Park could mean an atmosphere more conducive to getting things done rather than toxic discord? Randall White explains.
    Posted date : October 28, 2014
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  • Camping, Washrooms A Luxury In Some Parks

    As autumn leaves fall, some parks in Northern Ontario are still without camping and washroom facilities, says Randall White. That's good for hikers and birdwatchers, but no for other Ontarians.
    Posted date : October 22, 2014
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  • Randall White: Ontario's Rising Regionalism Beyond The Global City

    We've all heard it: "Toronto thinks it's the centre of the universe" or "Toronto is Ontario's economic engine." Some new stats may not quite bear that out.
    Posted date : September 23, 2014
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  • Ontario And The Scottish Referendum: How It Could Impact Canada's Most Populous Province: Randall White

    While Ontario is a lot less "British" these days, a win for the Yes side in Scotland could have significant impact on this province.
    Posted date : September 16, 2014
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  • The Wynne Government And The Looming 2015 Federal Election: Randall White

    The election may provide political cover for Kathleen Wynne's challenge: funding social services while keeping a rein on spending. More from ONW's new columnist.
    Posted date : September 07, 2014
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Randall White
Randall White is a former senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, and a former economist with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He is the author of Ontario 1610-1985: A Political and Economic History and Ontario Since 1985. He writes frequently about Ontario politics.