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Ontario Election Campaign Enters Critical Final Period

As Ontario enters the final week of the general election campaign, political observers are assessing whether Tuesday’s leader’s debate will have an impact on the final outcome. While the consensus view is that PC Leader Tim Hudak emerged as the debate’s victor, it is unclear whether his performance will be enough to put his […]

By |June 5th, 2014|

Ontario Election: Focus turns to the Television Debate, Minority Scenarios

Ontario Election: Focus turns to the Television Debate, Minority Scenarios
As we hit the one-month mark in the campaign, the race between the Liberals and PCs remains a relatively close one, with the NDP still working to find their voice. While the PCs have dominated the policy landscape with their “Million Jobs Plan,” estimates […]

By |May 30th, 2014|

What If Ontario Elects a Minority Parliament on June 12, 2014?

With public opinion poll results bouncing all over the place, we have been asked what would happen if a single political party fails to win a parliamentary majority on June 12th. While it is impossible at time of writing to predict what the election result will be, what we do know is that, as […]

By |May 29th, 2014|

StrategyCorp Reputation Report 2014

By |May 27th, 2014|

Ontario Election Week 3: Air War Begins with a Whimper

This week the air war began with a whimper. Where the previous weeks dished up juicy policies, the television ads unleashed were more strategic than memorable. Each party stuck to its core message, trying to use the power of paid broadcast media to entrench its established direction. As expected, special interest groups stepped up […]

By |May 23rd, 2014|

Experts critique election ads about to be unleashed on Ontarians

With a blackout lifted Wednesday, voters can expect a barrage of broadcast advertising by the Big Three parties in the Ontario election. Free Press reporter Jonathan Sher reviewed the first TV salvos with four veteran political observers including StrategyCorp’s John Duffy.

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By |May 22nd, 2014|

Ontario Campaign Week 2: Campaigns Positioning for the Coming Air War

This week, the strategy of each campaign began to take shape.  All three parties have used their policy proposals, and their reactions to their opponents’ positions, to position themselves for the election.  On June 13th, it will be these strategic decisions – and the major assumptions that underpin them – that political observers will […]

By |May 15th, 2014|

IMFG Perspectives – Approaching an Inflection Point in Ontario’s Provincial-Municipal Relations

Authors: Michael Fenn, André Côté – In Ontario, the history of provincial-municipal relations has progressed from the Baldwin Act of 1849 and the Great Depression years, to the postwar boom and the tumultuous amalgamations and Local Services Realignment of the 1990s. At different points in Ontario’s history, the pressures of managing growth, economic restructuring, […]

By |May 15th, 2014|

IMFG Paper Series: Provincial-Municipal Relations in Ontario: Approaching an Inflection Point

Authors: Michael Fenn, André Côté

Abstract
In Ontario, the history of provincial-municipal relations has progressed from the Baldwin Act of 1849 and the Depression years, to postwar boom and the tumultuous Local Services Realignment of the 1990s. At different points in Ontario’s history, the pressures of managing growth, economic restructuring, social and demographic change, environmental sustainability, […]

By |May 15th, 2014|

Battle for Ontario Takes Shape in Week 1 of Campaign

Political Battlegrounds Take Shape

All three campaigns experienced some bumps during the first week, which, given the anticipation of the campaign, is hard to understand. Mistakes made in week one are infrequently fatal, but if they persist, the reputational damage to a party may be impossible to repair.

Time is the currency of election campaigns, where […]

By |May 8th, 2014|

Parodies, memes and hashtags: Toronto mayoral candidates eager to woo voters on social networking sites

John Perenack, Group Head of StrategyCorp’s Communications practice, weighs in on the role that social media can play in the Toronto mayoral campaign.

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By |May 5th, 2014|

Ontario 2014: And They’re Off! One Election; Five Battlegrounds

Election Day, Thursday, June 12
Despite almost every major labour union (except for OPSEU and CUPE) declaring their support for the Ontario budget, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath met with Queen’s Park media this morning and pulled the plug on further cooperation with the Liberals, declaring the New Democrats had lost confidence in the current government […]

By |May 2nd, 2014|

Ontario 2014 Budget – Election Fever Edition

Now that Ontario’s 2014 budget has been introduced, everyone is asking the same set of questions: will the NDP support the budget or topple the government?  Will Premier Kathleen Wynne attempt to negotiate with the NDP, or pull the plug herself?  The only question no one is asking is what the Conservatives will do, […]

By |May 1st, 2014|

Recycling Ontario’s Assets

Michael Fenn, The Mowat Centre, Published Friday April 11, 2014

StrategyCorp and The Mowat Centre have collaborated to publish a framework for public asset management and reinvestment, answering the question: “In the face of growing public debt, fiscal constraints and a growing need to invest in public infrastructure, how can Canadian governments attract local and […]

By |April 11th, 2014|

Public Private Collaboration at the 8th GCC Municipal Conference – Abu Dhabi, UAE

8th GCC Municipal Conference – April 8-9, 2014 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

StrategyCorp’s John Matheson took to the stage at the 8th GCC Municipal Conference in Abu Dhabi to discuss the merits of Public-Private Collaboration. Organized under the slogan “Sustainable Municipal Services to Enhance the Quality of Life”, the Conference focused on:
– Best Practice and […]

By |April 9th, 2014|

Your P3 Policy Framework

Authors: Chris Loreto, Dave McCleary

ReNew Canada: Municipalities must drive innovation through a new generation of partnerships

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By |February 28th, 2014|

Ontario By-Election Outcomes Raise Likelihood of Spring General Election

Tonight’s pick-up of a seat by the New Democrats in Niagara Falls means that a provincial general election this spring is looking ever more likely.  While most political observers thought that the province was already heading towards an election around budget time, the NDP is likely to feel emboldened by Wayne Gates’ victory, the […]

By |February 14th, 2014|

Budget 2014: The march towards Budget 2015 and the next federal election campaign

To use an Olympic analogy, today’s budget was the qualifying round for Budget 2015.  It was a “business as usual” budget where the government sought to show progress on some key files while demonstrating overall fiscal restraint and paving the way to a budget surplus in 2015.  It is important to remember that many […]

By |February 11th, 2014|

Four reasons why Ontario will be better off without the LCBO

J.C. BOURQUE, The Globe and Mail: There is a lot to unpack in the PC Leader’s series of white papers, but the policy that has achieved the most reaction, surprisingly, is the plan to reform the government-owned liquor monopoly and get rid of the private-sector beer store.

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By |December 19th, 2013|

Right Direction, Wrong Goal: Groom Canada Post for Privatization

PHIL EVERSHED AND JOHN-CHRISTIAN BOURQUE, The Globe and Mail: While the recent five-point plan released by Canada Post is a step in the right direction, its timelines are unambitious and its ultimate goal underachieving.

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By |December 16th, 2013|

Wynne Government shifts to the left in advance of presumed spring election

Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement signals shift to the left in advance of presumed spring election
What you need to know:

The Fall Economic Statement signals a shift to the left by Ontario’s Liberal minority government. Broad spending cuts are not being considered.
The Wynne government says it is committed to hitting its current balanced budget target […]

By |November 7th, 2013|

Ontario needs fundamental change not a fight over austerity vs. stimulus

DAVID MACNAUGHTON, The Globe and Mail: In the debate over the proper policy course for governments to assist in getting our economy out of its current doldrums, economists, politicians and policy wonks have essentially split into two camps.

One, the austerity folks, advocate reduced government spending, smaller government and lower taxes. The stimulus crowd promotes […]

By |November 6th, 2013|

New player in Toronto communications landscape aims to remedy ‘broken’ PR model

StrategyCorp launches strategic communications offering to empower organizations for the new realities of managing reputations
The Toronto PR/communications landscape got a new player this week with StrategyCorp Chairman, David MacNaughton announcing the launch of the veteran public affairs firm’s new strategic communications practice – an offering that combines the discipline of political communications and the […]

By |June 18th, 2013|

How Harper can win again

DAN MADER, National Post: Mid-way through its mandate, the Harper government faces its most serious challenge since the opposition attempt to form a coalition in late 2008.

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By |June 17th, 2013|

Ontario needs to think about investing in infrastructure

J.C. BOURQUE, The Globe and Mail: Governments around the world face an infrastructure challenge. Ontario is no different.

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By |May 2nd, 2013|

Ontario’s minority Liberals take budget plans public in bid to stave off trip to polls

SONYA BELL, iPolitics: In sharp contrast to the secrecy that surrounds a typical government budget, the Ontario Liberals have been spilling the spring spending beans on a very public stage. StrategyCorp’s John Duffy weighs in.

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By |April 30th, 2013|

Ontario 2013 Budget Review

The politics of a minority government are playing themselves out once again in Ontario.  Although this time a new Premier isin place, demands from the NDP and an outright rejection of the budget from the Progressive Conservatives are creating a sense of déjà vu at Queens Park. The lead-up to the 2013 Budget has […]

By |April 2nd, 2013|

Why the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are the party of ideas

J.C. BOURQUE, The Globe and Mail: Of the three major parties, only one appears to have finally decided to grapple with reality. Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservative Party have released a number of interesting, innovative and occasionally controversial policies that seriously attempt to respond to the problems facing the province.

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By |March 27th, 2013|

Does the Liberal party have a future in Canada?: YES

JOHN DUFFY, Ottawa Citizen: Thursday night at the Canadian War Museum, in a debate presented by the Macdonald Laurier Institute (macdonaldlaurier.ca), sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen and moderated by historian Jack Granatstein, Michael Bliss and John Duffy debated the resolution: The Liberal Party has no future in Canadian politics.

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By |March 22nd, 2013|

Power Play: Ontario Throne Speech

KELLY AIZICOWITZ, CTV News: Premier Wynne sets province’s agenda.

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By |February 19th, 2013|

Wynne’s challenge: Offer Ontario a genuine menu of change

JOHN DUFFY, The Globe and Mail: To make sense of the political signals emitting from this weekend’s Liberal leadership convention – and to see what lies ahead in the currently jumbled political situation – it’s helpful to keep an eye on the principal bouncing ball: change.

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By |January 28th, 2013|

Kathleen Wynne Elected Liberal Party Leader and will be Ontario’s First Woman Premier

The Ontario Liberal leadership campaign concluded today with a dramatic third ballot showdown between contenders Sandra Pupatello and Kathleen Wynne. Wynne emerged as the victor on the final ballot with 1,150 convention delegates to Pupatello’s 866. The head-to-head final ballot materialized over the course of the afternoon with Eric Hoskins, Charles Sousa and Gerard […]

By |January 26th, 2013|

Everything you need to know about Rob Ford’s court battle

JOHN LORINC, The Globe and Mail: StrategyCorp’s John Duffy weighs in on Rob Ford’s upcoming court hearing.

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By |January 25th, 2013|

McGuinty’s strategic failures and successes

J.C. BOURQUE, The Globe and Mail: Though it may have seemed sudden, the resignation of Dalton McGuinty should come not come as a surprise.

It has been clear for some time that the McGuinty government is well past its best-before date. At the very end of multi-term governments – accompanied by a lack of policy […]

By |October 16th, 2012|

McGuinty chooses change, one last time

JOHN DUFFY, The Globe and Mail: Premier Dalton McGuinty’s exit leaves his government, and Canada’s largest province, midway through a major transformation and suddenly leaderless.

Ontario is six months into the immense governmental restructuring initiative kicked off with last February’s Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Already, this effort has produced political shock […]

By |October 16th, 2012|

Resigning as a Leader

JOHN DUFFY, The National: The Insiders talk about the surprise resignation of Dalton McGuinty.

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By |October 15th, 2012|

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: The End of the Red Road?

JOHN DUFFY, TVO: Bob Rae will not seek out the Liberal leadership. Only a handful of the 35 Liberal MPs in Ottawa have indicated they’ll take a run at the helm.

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By |June 21st, 2012|

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Women: Transforming Leadership?

JOHN DUFFY, TVO – Political and business worlds see more and more women in prominent leadership positions. The Agenda examines if this development is changing our perception of what makes a leader.

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By |June 21st, 2012|

Hudak seeks to unlock the power of Ontario pension funds

J.C. BOURQUE, The Globe and Mail: Governments across the world are faced with a terrible tradeoff between austerity and public services. Stimulus programs have run their course but tepid growth has outlasted the ability of sovereign and sub-sovereign balance sheets to continue deficit spending. This is particularly true in the case of Ontario, with […]

By |May 15th, 2012|

Ontario Liberals must not abandon infrastructure

J.C. BOURQUE, The Globe and Mail – In the upcoming provincial budget, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan will apparently delay billion of dollars in infrastructure spending. He contends this will save “hundreds of millions of dollars of interest cost.” This makes little sense from either a public policy or business perspective. If this kind of […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|

Big Ideas: John Duffy on The Emerging Politics of Technology

JOHN DUFFY, TVO – John Duffy, advisor to former Prime Minister Paul Martin and founder of StrategyCorp, tackles the subject of The Emerging Politics of Technology in a lecture produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada. Duffy has spent years pondering the role of technology in our thinking about policy and politics. […]

By |March 16th, 2012|

Aid for Aides

JOHN LORINC, The Walrus Magazine, September 2011 – A Carleton program will certify political aides, the fall guys behind our elected officials

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By |September 1st, 2011|