About Us

Queen’s Park Briefing is the most comprehensive intelligence service for monitoring political activity at Queen’s Park and throughout the province.

Our full-time team of reporters covers the nuts and bolts of the Ontario government – bills, policies, programs and committee meetings, as well as the key players in the civil service, MPPs, lobbyists, stakeholders and interest groups.

QP Briefing offers analysis and commentary from a wide range of experts.

Regular features include In Brief, a roundup of developments at Queen’s Park and across Ontario, People on the Move and 'Who's Lobbying for Who'.

QP Briefing is distributed to provincial and municipal politicians and bureaucrats as well as to stakeholders, professionals and business leaders.

The newsletter is an invaluable information tool and a dispassionate resource for members of the Ontario Public Service, government agencies, MPPs and all those who claim a stake in provincial politics.

Our Team

Jessica Smith Cross

A graduate from the University of Victoria, Jessica comes to QP Briefing from StarMetro's investigative bureau. Her reporting on Ontario politics has been carried by Canada’s major news organizations, including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and National Post.

Contact: jscross@torstar.ca

David Hains
Deputy Editor 

David comes to QP Briefing from the Metro news desk, having broken multiple stories using data driven filings. Prior to his position at Metro, David was the Editor-in-Chief for Torontoist, where he managed more than 50 freelancers. In 2015, David was nominated for "Best Digital Publication" at the National Magazine Awards [NMA]. David's wealth of experience in political insider news makes him a welcome addition to the bureau.

Contact: dhains@qpbriefing.com

Sneh Duggal 

A graduate of Carleton University's journalism program, Sneh formerly covered Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy as a staff reporter with Embassy in Ottawa, and as a freelancer in Toronto. She has reported for several other publications including The Hill Times, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal and Metro. Her early journalism stints took her to Rwanda as a radio reporter and Hawaii as a print journalist, while her communications work has taken her to Washington, D.C. and India.

Contact: sduggal@torstar.ca

Jack Hauen

An experienced reporter, editor and photographer, Jack Hauen is a former reporter for The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. He has previously worked for CBC, National Post and student paper, The Ubyssey. Jack is the recipient of two John H. McDonald awards for excellence in student journalism.

Contact: jhauen@qpbriefing.com 


John Milloy is a former MPP and Ontario Liberal cabinet minister currently serving as the co-director of the Centre for Public Ethics and assistant professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and the inaugural practitioner in residence in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Political Science department. He is also a lecturer in the University of Waterloo’s Master of Public Service Program.  John can be reached at jmilloy@wlu.ca or follow him on Twitter @John_Milloy

Mitchell Davidson is the Executive Director of the StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy. Mitchell was formerly the Executive Director of Policy for Premier Doug Ford and the policy lead on both of the Ontario PC Party’s most recent election platforms. You can follow the Institute’s written material or subscribe to its podcast, Intended Consequences, at strategycorp.com/institute/.

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