John Milloy

John Milloy
  • Director, Centre for Public Ethics, Martin Luther University College

John currently serves as the Director of the Centre for Public Ethics and Assistant Professor of Public Ethics at Martin Luther University College and is the inaugural Practitioner in Residence in Wilfrid Laurier’s Political Science Department. He is also a lecturer in the University of Waterloo’s Master of Public Service Program.

From 2003 to 2014, John served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the riding of Kitchener Centre, holding several Cabinet Posts. Prior to that, he worked on Parliament Hill for several senior Cabinet Ministers, including five years on the Senior Staff of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

John holds an Honours B.A. from Carleton University, an M.A. from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.

John is a board member of several non-profit organizations including Mitacs, the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Democracy According to John Milloy

Why did you get involved with DemocracyXChange?

Building a truly democratic society means that all voices need to be represented in the public square. I see many voices being excluded or pushed to the margin. In my case, I have a particular interest in voices of faith making a contribution to public discourse.

When did you first start to care about democracy?

I spent many years working on Parliament Hill (including in the Prime Minister’s Office) and almost 11 years as an MPP at Queen’s Park. It is imperative that elected officials care about democracy in order to represent the diverse views of their constituents and facilitate dialogue and understanding.

What democracy book/article/podcast/show/movie has had an impact on you during the pandemic?

Cathleen Kaveny, Prophecy without Contempt – an extremely thoughtful look at the uses and misuses of moral indictment.

Who should attend DemocracyXChange and why?

Anyone who cares about an “all hands on deck” approach to rebuilding our nation following the pandemic by strengthening our institutions and societal structures.