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Policy Lecture

Laurier professor and former cabinet minister John Milloy to give lecture on reforming Canadian politics

Waterloo – Many people say that politics is broken – is that really the case? If so, what does that mean for Canadians and how do we fix it? What are the starting points for action? John Milloy, Wilfrid Laurier University’s political science practitioner-in-residence and a former provincial cabinet minister, will answer these questions and more in a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Laurier’s Senate Board and Chamber. Members of the Laurier and broader communities are welcome to attend.

Milloy approaches these multifaceted questions with over 20 years of experience in politics. The lecture will provide audiences a peak “behind the curtain” of parliament, and will examine the primary criticisms of politics, the solutions that are currently proposed and some thoughts on how Canadians might do things differently.

“There is so much talk about political reform right now,” said Milloy. “Much of it starts with the question of how politics 'should work.' Instead, I want to start with the question: How does it work? I want to examine realistic proposals for reform that take into account the realities of our modern-day political system."

Milloy joined Laurier in May as an assistant professor of public ethics and co-director of the Centre for Public Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He is also the inaugural practitioner-in-residence in applied politics at Laurier. Milloy is a former Ontario cabinet minister and member of provincial parliament for Kitchener Centre. He also served as legislative assistant to former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien as well as serving as an assistant to a number of senior federal cabinet ministers, including Stéphane Dion and John Manley. Before running for elected office, Milloy worked as the director of public affairs for the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Milloy earned an honours bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton University, a master’s degree in international history from the London School of Economics and a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University.

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