The Politics of Ontario

The Politics of Ontario


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Ontario is the most populous of Canada's provinces, contains the country's largest city, and continues to be the centre of finance, IT, and media. It is also experiencing significant changes and upheavals. The Politics of Ontario is the first comprehensive book on Ontario's politics, government, and public policy since Graham White's The Government and Politics of Ontario in 1997. Although The Politics of Ontario follows in the same tradition, it departs in several ways. While not losing sight of the enduring themes of Ontario politics and political culture, it reflects the fact that Ontario is no longer Canada's primary economic engine. Instead of emphasizing the continuity and gradual evolution of Ontario politics, it focuses on change, disruption, and the uncertainty of the political and policy environment through explorations of fiscal and economic policy, the environment, labour, multiculturalism, and the complexities of urbanization, with particular attention given to greater Toronto. The book is divided into four parts: Settings, Institutions, Politics, and Policy. It contains 28 charts, tables, and graphs, and features contributions by virtually all of the leading scholars in the field, including an introductory chapter by Graham White.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442609129
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cheryl N. Collier is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Health Research Centre for the Study of Violence Against Women at the University of Windsor.

Jonathan Malloy is Professor at Carleton University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Part 1: The Setting
1. Ontario Then and Now
Graham White
2. The Political Economy of Ontario
Matthias Oschinski
3. The Social and Economic Context of Ontario Politics
Rand Dyck
4. Culture in Ontario: Old and New
Peter Woolstencroft

Part 2: Institutions
5. The Ontario Legislature: Living Up to Its Democratic Potential amidst Political Change?
Tracey Raney
6. The Commanding Heights of Power and Politics in Ontario
Bryan Evans
7. Local Government and Politics in Ontario
Daniel Henstra
8. Ontario and Contemporary Intergovernmental Relations: Still a Responsible Partner in Confederation?
Julie M. Simmons

Part 3: Politics
9. Media in Ontario Politics: The Press Gallery in the Twenty-First Century
Tamara A.Small
10. Continuity and Change in Northern Ontario
Gina Comeau
11. Political Parties and the Party System in Ontario
Jonathan Malloy
12. A Path Well Travelled or Hope on the Horizon? Women, Gender, and Politics in Ontario
Cheryl N. Collier
13. An Inside Look at the Ontario Liberals in Power
Anna Esselment

Part 4: Policy
14. Environmental Policy in Ontario: Greening the Province from the Dynasty to Wynne
Mark Winfield
15. Ontario’s Multiple Identities: Politics & Policy in a Diverse Province
Myer Siemiatycki
16. The Politics of Labour and Labour Relations in Ontario
Larry Savage
17. Toronto and the GTA: Changing Contours of Governance in Ontario’s Global City
Martin Horak


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