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March 19, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – Ontario’s general election will be held June 7. The following Wilfrid Laurier University experts are available to speak about issues relevant to the election.

Politics, Elections and Polling

Barry Kay is an expert on Canadian politics, elections and public opinion. He is available to comment on electoral systems, public opinion polls, single-issue interest groups and seat projections. He has frequently commented in the media about elections. Contact:, 519.884.0710 x3362 or 519.886.5668. Weekends: 416.324.8432.

Jason Roy, director of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy, is an expert on political behaviour, voting, elections, public opinion and Canadian politics. He is available for comment on how people form political preferences, negativity in election campaigns, the significance of local candidates, and the impact of pre-election polls on voting behaviour. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x3724. Read more about his research.

John Milloy is a former Ontario cabinet minister who fought three election campaigns as a candidate and is familiar with prominent political figures. Now an assistant professor, his research areas include public ethics, parliamentary and political reform, citizen engagement, and politics and religion.​ Contact: or 519.884.0710 x3853.

Geoffrey Stevens is a political science instructor and writer. He was formerly Queen's Park bureau chief, Ottawa columnist and managing editor for The Globe and Mail as well as managing editor for Maclean's. He is available for comment on Ontario politics, backroom politics and political journalism. Contact: or 519.621.4822.

Simon Kiss is an expert on political communication, environmental politics and party politics. He is available for comment on the political role played by the Canadian news media; environmental risk perception and management; and social democratic politics and parties. Contact:

Economic Policy, Labour, Wages and Taxation

Tammy Schirle is an expert on labour economics, public economics, and the economics of gender and aging. She is available to comment on topics including employment, wages, child benefits, pensions and retirement policy, and senior poverty. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x3849. Read more about her research.

Josip (Joe) Lesica is an expert in public, labour and political economics. He is available to comment on minimum wage policy, lobbying, small business taxation, income inequality, and small business income shifting. His current research investigates the welfare consequences of differential beer tax rates in Ontario and the effects of lower small business taxes on the productivity and behaviour of entrepreneurs. Contact:

Christine Neill is an expert on public economics, labour economics and the economics of education. She is available to comment on general matters of fiscal and tax policy, and education policy, with a specific expertise in university financing, student financial aid policies, student employment and full-day kindergarten. She has also done work on the effects of firearm control policies on death rates. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x2469.

Tracy Snoddon is an expert in public economics, public policy, federal-provincial fiscal relations, and the fiscal dimensions of climate change policy, including carbon pricing. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x2673.

Jason Dean is an expert in labour economics and the economics of immigration. He can speak to topics including employment, wages and taxation. Contact:


Ketan Shankardass is an expert on public health and health equity. He is available for comment on public opinion in Ontario about health equity issues, refugee health coverage, health effects of traffic-related air pollution, chronic stress, and sociodemographic data collection in Ontario healthcare settings. Contact:

Janet McLaughlin is an expert on health policy issues. She is available for comment on temporary foreign agricultural workers’ rights and health in Canada, including access to health care and WSIB, as well as the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), access to autism therapies, and the effects of autism therapies and policies on Ontario families. Contact: Read more about her research.


David Johnson is an expert on the economics of education. He is available for comment on elementary school testing, teacher pay, and whether middle schools are good for student academic achievement. Contact:

Colleen Loomis is an expert on education policy in Canada and internationally. She is available for comment on government-school-community collaborations and on early-childhood education and care. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x2879.

Kelly Gallagher-Mackay is an expert on law and educational inequality. A trained lawyer, she is available for comment on schools, child protection, child welfare, and access to postsecondary education. Contact: or 519.756.8228 x5851. Read more about her research.

Note that Christine Neill, mentioned in the “economic policy” section, also has expertise in education policy.

Social Policy

Lea Caragata is an expert on social welfare policy and poverty. She is available for comment on food security in Canada, issues affecting low.income single mothers, social housing, and the democratization of public space. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x5219.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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