John McKay
The Honourable John McKay P.C., M.P. is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough—Guildwood in Ontario. A native of Scarborough, he was first elected in 1997 and has been subsequently re-elected five times. Between 2003 and 2006 he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, helping to oversee the tabling of two consecutive balanced budgets. From 2011-2013 he served as the Critic for Defence for the Liberal Party of Canada, now serving as the Party’s Environment Critic.

Entries by John McKay

The Liberals Will Create Real Change for Canada's Environment and Economy

(40) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Canadians no longer need to make the false choice between the environment and the economy. On Monday in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau unveiled a detailed plan for real change that will create jobs, grow the economy and protect the environment.

A Liberal government will invest in clean technology and renewable energy....

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The Conservative Budget Is 500 Pages of Climate Change Denial

(34) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:38 AM

On Tuesday April 21st, Joe Oliver presented his first budget as Finance Minister. Its 518 pages have been universally described in less than flattering terms. It is really the Conservative platform dressed up as a budget -- long on promises, short on funding.

In order to get to "balance"...

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Liberals Are Leading the Debate on Climate Change and the Economy

(54) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 9:03 AM

In February, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau went to the Petroleum Club in Calgary and said to his audience: "You know Canada needs to have a price on carbon." Pretty gutsy. This is an audience that collectively had just lost multiple billions of dollars with the collapse of oil prices, but...

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How Long Will Minister Aglukkaq Ignore the Problem of Endangered Species?

(20) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:22 AM

My colleague Dr. Kirsty Duncan is not only an accomplished scientist, marathoner, writer, highland dancer and MP; it seems she may also be a prophet. Two years ago, my predecessor on the Environment file, predicted that the Harper Government would gut the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

My Conservative colleague...

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How Is it That Norway Is Rich and We Are Not?

(29) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Norway (nôr′wā′):
1. A small nation of about five million people nestled in the northwest corner of Europe.
2. Historically, Norway was the poor cousin of Sweden and Denmark, but is no longer.
3. Either in this year or next, Norway's sovereign wealth fund...

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Harper's All-in Approach to Carbon Puts Our Economy in Danger

(44) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 5:42 PM

I filled up my car yesterday for fewer than $40. The last time it cost me so little was in 2008. In November, I was shelling out well over 60 bucks every time I pulled up to the pumps, and in the summer, even more. Canadians, especially Ontarians, are becoming...

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What Would Warren Buffett Do With Canadian Assets?

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Warren Buffett is the world's most famous investor. The Oracle from Omaha's pithy sayings and "buy and hold" philosophy have won him legions of fans. His most quoted rule is "don't lose money." His second most famous rule is "don't forget the first rule."

The turmoil in the energy world...

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Why Capitalism Won't Leave the West

(6) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:03 PM

We should all sit up and pay attention when Naomi Klein and Mark Carney, two of Canada's foremost world citizens, are on the same page.

Klein has written a well-argued and well-researched book entitled "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." Her core premise is that climate change will shake...

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Scarborough Deserves a Well-Managed, Sustainable Rouge Park

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM

It was the best of plans; it was the worst of plans. Before the House for the summer, a Government desperate to shed its image as a laggard on the environment file introduced two pieces of legislation that would create two new National Parks. The first is an extension of...

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The Problem With High Turnover in Canada's Dept. of the Environment

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Turnover in a stock portfolio is generally regarded as a good thing -- especially for the broker and sometimes for the investor. Turnovers in a continental breakfast can be quite tasty while offering the sugar kick sometimes required when starting your day. Other turnovers can be of a more dubious...

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The Harper Government™ Is Just Canada's Ministry of Magic

(24) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 2:22 PM

I was delighted to read Minister Aglukkaq's reply to my latest article, Stephen Harper and the Chamber of Secrets. I am encouraged to know that she is reading something other than her cue cards. Unfortunately, much of the content of her article borrows heavily from her canned talking points.

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Stephen Harper and the Climate Change Chamber of Secrets

(29) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Recently, I watched a Harry Potter movie with my grandsons, Nolan and Quinn. Lord Voldemort, the archenemy in this wildly successful book and film series, is referred to by a number of ominous monikers, the worst being "He Who Must Not Be Named."

The Harper government has taken that moniker...

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Climate Change Is About To Hit Your Pocketbook... Hard

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 1:28 PM

One of the most difficult issues facing climatologists is making climate change relevant to John Q Public.

"Why do I care when a massive chunk of ice falls into the Arctic Ocean? What do these people with strings of degrees longer than their names talking in some arcane language...

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Why the 2014 Economic Action Plan is Not a 'Do-Nothing' Budget

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 6:01 PM

I am hearing a lot of commentary on Minister Flaherty's latest budget from the opposition and Canadian pundits alike. Many are calling the Economic Action Plan 2014 a "do-nothing budget." If this were, indeed, a do-nothing budget, it may be more desirable than the previous eight do-something budgets, considering that...

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Climate Change Reveals Cracks in Conservative Caucus

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 4:53 PM

I suppose it would have been naïve of Mr. Harper to think that his Conservative-Reform-Alliance-Party Coalition would survive a decade of individual suppression and message control. The cracks have shown in the past, but were hastily and quietly covered over with the aid of Question Period spinmeisters like Paul Calandra...

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Budgeting By Stealth

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 12:36 PM

The Conservative Government seems to have a problem with stealth. Not so long ago, Mr. Harper fought an election over the F-35 stealth fighter. The Conservatives won, the jet has dropped off the government's agenda and the rest is history. Up until then, it was said to be the most...

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Harper "Couldn't Care Less" About the Environment

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 12:42 PM

The Commissioner for the Environment has given irrefutable proof of the old adage that "in this world you get what you pay for." In his latest report, Interim Commissioner Neil Maxwell, who is the principle auditor for Environment Canada and its subsidiaries including Parks Canada, pointed out the yawning gap...

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Mother Nature Is Unimpressed by PM's Speech from the Throne

(6) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 6:13 PM

The Environment got "lucky" in the 2013 Speech from the Throne (SFT): it was mentioned twice. Mother Nature must be impressed. In the section entitled "Resource Development," the environment gets a look in: "Our Government believes, and Canadians expect, that resource development must respect the environment. Our Government's plan for...

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Harper's 5 Stages of Grief Over Climate Change

(16) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:28 AM

The IPCC published an intensely detailed report on climate change last week. Even the 36 page executive summary is packed with detail, graphs and data all of which drives any reasonable person to the conclusion that climate change is real and largely driven by human activity. Consider its first conclusion:...

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Harper Blames Canada's Climate Woes on...Wilfrid Laurier?

(46) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:33 PM

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2,000-page Fifth Assessment Report, a document updated every six years which is a collaborative effort by the world's leading scientists. The executive summary alone is 36 pages and is filled with dense data analysis to substantiate their conclusions. It...

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