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Rob Leone is currently researching the use of contempt motions at the federal and provincial levels of government in Canada.
Rob Leone has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He begins there in the Fall semester.
Rob Leone served as the MPP for Cambridge in the Ontario legislature from October 2011 to June 2014.
Rob Leone writes regular public policy columns for Queen's Park Briefing, a publication focused on provincial issues.
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Liberals take all the credit, but accept no blame
July 17, 2017
There are literally hundreds of agencies, boards and commissions in the province of Ontario. They are the ABCs of government, but few know exactly what each of them do. They are set up for a multitude of reasons, but the most common one of these reasons is to remove politics from governance. That is, there...Read More »
The Tories can be their own worst enemy
June 16, 2017
We are a year away from the election, and by most metrics, Patrick Brown is poised to become Ontario’s 26th Premier. For one, the polls show he still has a commanding lead. He’s amassed significant by-election wins in places that haven’t elected a Tory in years. The party has out-fundraised the Liberals and the New...Read More »
Budgets are typically analyzed for the policy ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts.’ However, we often take for granted the political aspects of budgeting as it, more than anything else the government does, provides us with the greatest glimpse of the political direction of the government. This budget is interesting because it makes it clear who the Liberals...Read More »
Forget the ‘Big Move,’ what about the ‘Big Stay?’
April 19, 2017
At some point, every day when I commute to Toronto, I think about how much productive time I lose sitting in traffic. It’s not just the loss of a half a day’s work stuck in traffic, and the non-productive time spent in my vehicle during the commute. It’s also a matter of understanding that products,...Read More »
Drafting an alternative hydro plan
March 15, 2017
With the Liberals and the NDP laying out their marquee pocket book policy of reining in hydro costs, all eyes are focusing on what the front-runner Tories might do to reduce the sizeable costs. However, despite repeated questions, the PC Leader Patrick Brown seems content to wait it out. I have to admit, this hydro-palooza...Read More »
Ontario’s Art of the Deal
February 16, 2017
Open up the flood gates! It’s time to play let’s make a deal. Last fall, Premier Wynne released her mandate letters to the newly reconfigured cabinet and among the noticeable changes in the new directives were the absence of the words ‘net-zero’ from the negotiating parameters of the government and its employees. The phrase ‘net-zero’...Read More »
#FakeNews is why we have democratic government
January 24, 2017
The presence of ‘fake news’ is nothing new. The fact that the world is in a tizzy over President Donald Trump’s latest foray in the constant battle for the truth is quite remarkable. It’s like we’re trying to give him credit for inventing something that is as old as the human need for power and...Read More »
Time to end the mental health policy stigma
January 18, 2017
Finding the money to make mental health care a priority has been a long-standing problem in Ontario and throughout Canada. Despite increased awareness to reduce the stigma, such as this month’s corporate initiative driven by Bell Let’s Talk, the realities of financing health care delivery make it difficult to turn awareness into concrete public action....Read More »
Auditor-General Meets Post Truth Era
December 7, 2016
The Auditor-General of Ontario released her report on the province’s public accounts and it is a bloody big deal. This fall, the government was late releasing its Consolidated Financial Statements because there was an ongoing difference of opinion between the Treasury Board Secretariat and the auditor regarding the treatment of pension assets. The A-G kicks...Read More »
Is Ontario Ignoring Its Own Fiscal Transparency Law?
November 23, 2016
Recently, I tweeted the following prediction: That the government will table a ‘balanced budget’ only for public accounts to report back and say that there was an actual deficit. The Liberal spin trust responded by saying something like ‘after the Tories left a $4.7 billion deficit, the Liberals introduced the Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Act...Read More »