Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott is a freelance writer and political strategist.

He worked as a public relations consultant at Key Gordon Communications Inc in Toronto and as a speechwriter for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. He has managed and done communications work for progressive candidates across Canada at all three levels of government, and in the United Kingdom.

Jonathan is a regular political panellist on CTV News Channel, and his columns have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post,,, The Huffington Post Canada and Education Today Magazine.

You can follow him on Twitter at @J_Scott_.

Entries by Jonathan Scott

Why the Liberals Should Be Campaigning on a Cure for Healthcare

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 12:28 PM

During the past number of months campaigning for local candidates, Canadian politics has perplexed me for a variety of reasons, but one reason stands out the most.

Why is the Liberal Party not aggressively campaigning on a cure for healthcare? 

The Liberal platform is a grab bag of fine, progressive...

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Forcing Women to Remove Their Niqabs Is Just Another Kind of Oppression

(215) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:56 PM

In February, I sat in Victoria Station in London, England. A tall black man was shouting something, clearly drunk. I didn't really pay him any attention. Then I heard the guy sitting across from me shout out, "shut the f-k up, you f-ing Arab!"

The drunk man then shouted,...

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I Stand By Premier Wynne Despite the Sudbury By-Election Allegations

(51) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Coming out of the Sudbury by-election, Adam Radwanski writes about how dismayed Premier Kathleen Wynne's supporters must be, noting that during her leadership race there was "a euphoric sense that they could again be proud to be members of their party. For years, they had held their noses and continued...

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How Kathleen Wynne Will Win

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 4:09 PM

"I'm running to govern; I'm ready to win." That simple statement has been Kathleen Wynne's pledge in the Ontario Liberal leadership race.

There is critical work ahead of us to confront global challenges. Wynne has proposed a plan to govern, one that continues economic recovery in the face...

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The Liberal Leadership Race: May the Best Woman Win

(6) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 4:06 PM

A war story and a poll seem instructive to the Ontario Liberal leadership race, which looks to be coming down to a fight between the two female contenders.

First, the story: It was the night of the Kitchener-Waterloo by-election. The Liberal candidate had just been dealt a devastating defeat....

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Who I'm Supporting in the Ontario Liberal Leadership Race

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 9:29 AM

I always knew I'd be supporting Kathleen Wynne for Ontario Liberal leader. But a Conservative proved my choice right before she'd even launched her leadership bid.

I'm supporting Kathleen Wynne because of her character and her progressive principles. I'm also supporting her because I know she can win a...

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Trudeau is a Leader I Trust

(14) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:44 AM

I've been told my columns make me a shill for Liberal politicians. I disagree. I've hit my party for its vices more than I've complimented it. But I do want to be clear: I liked what Justin Trudeau had to say at my campus this week.

Reading week...

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Hey CFS: Stop Misrepresenting McGuinty's Promises

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 10:44 PM

I hope this will be my last post on the Canadian Federation of Students, at least for a while.

When I first published a column attacking the CFS for taking a regressive, Herman Cain-style approach against 30% off tuition, they demanded the chance to write a response.


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Tuition Protests Turned a Debate Into a Screamfest

(8) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 6:26 AM

Since writing a post criticising the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) for protesting Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's 30 per cent tuition rebate, I've had conversations with many people about the policy -- with everyone from CFS-Ontario President Sandy Hudson and Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities,...

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Stop Throwing Tantrums Over Tuitions

(33) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Premier Dalton McGuinty was elected on a platform to reduce full-time undergraduate tuition fees by 30 per cent. His government has now done that for over 310,000 students. Each university student eligible for OSAP will receive $800 off their tuition this year and other students are eligible to apply if...

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