Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott is a communications consultant, 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 campaigns and done communications for progressive candidates across Canada at all three levels of government, and in the United Kingdom.

Jonathan is a regular political commentator on CTV News Channel, and his writing on politics, marketing, education, religion and current affairs have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Monocle,,, The Huffington Post Canada, The Bradford Times, The Presbyterian Record, Education Canada and Education Today.

You can follow him on Twitter at @J_Scott_.

Entries by Jonathan Scott

Brexit Debate Lays Bare U.K's National Fault Lines

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 4:55 PM

A 'leave' supporter is seen as fishing boats campaigning for Brexit sail down the Thames through central London, United Kingdom on June 15, 2016. (Photo: Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Last week in the United Kingdom, the first of two nationally televised debates on Brexit (the...

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America's Two-Party System Is Strange

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 10:01 AM

There's a great scene in The West Wing when Alan Alda's character, the Republican nominee, remarks, "If this were Europe, the Republican Party would be three parties." The Republican National Committee chairman retorts, "Thank goodness they don't have to sleep together. They just have to show up on the same...

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Building A Ship To Catch The Liberal Wave On Campuses

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 1:52 PM

In politics, there is always a balance in elections between hard work organizing in advance and the zeitgeist taking over. This is especially true in a "wave election," like the one on October 19th. The metaphor commonly used goes something like this: "you build the boat and hope to catch...

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Some Friendly And Free Advice For The NDP

(37) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 8:35 AM

Here is some friendly, but unsolicited advice, for the NDP. As a leftish Liberal who joined the Party in 2011, believe me -- I know how horrible losing feels. Worse, like the Grits in 2011 but for different reasons, this NDP campaign should challenge some fundamental assumptions about the nature...

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Why the Liberals Should Be Campaigning on a Cure for Healthcare

(5) 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

(183) 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

(39) 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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