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Anticipating Trump, Trudeau Strengthens US Policy Team

The U.S. relationship is the number one foreign policy file for any Prime Minister. With the election of Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was handed the most complex situation – at least since the Iraq War. Foundational agreements like NAFTA and the earlier Free Trade Agreement

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StrategyCorp’s John Duffy speaks about Trump’s Election

Political experts say Canadians don’t have the same tolerance for racism and bigotry as in the United States, but they also say Donald Trump has changed political campaigning rules. John Duffy, founder of public affairs and communications firm StrategyCorp, who was an adviser to former Liberal prime

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Is Toronto Ready to Pay for Better Transit?

Is Toronto Ready to Pay for Better Transit?

Mayor John Tory has delivered a major speech addressing his plan to pay for the City’s massive $33 billion infrastructure deficit.  His plan, if approved by Council, will set the tone for a new era of transit and infrastructure building in Toronto for the next generation. The

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The Two By-Elections – What do the results mean?

The overwhelming consensus is that yesterday’s by-elections in Niagara West-Glanbrook and Ottawa-Vanier had virtually no impact on the agenda and priorities of the Ontario government, and offered no insight into the next provincial election in 2018. While this is true of the results, there are still come

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After Trump election, “everything is negotiable”

After Trump election, “everything is negotiable”

Donald Trump shocked observers with his unexpected win in the U.S. Presidential election tonight, upsetting traditional voting patterns. Given a GOP majority in the House and likely in the Senate, Trump will be in a strong position to pass legislation. Only the Constitution, filibusters by Senate Democrats

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Fall Economic Update

Top Points Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his Fall Economic Statement 2016 today as the Government of Canada confronts continued economic softness. This slow growth resulted in revised deficit projections with no return to balance until 2021-22. All of the available $6 billion in contingencies in the

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Ontario Reboots Legislature with New Speech from the Throne

Ontario Reboots Legislature with New Speech from the Throne

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government delivered a Speech from the Throne today in an attempt to position her party for success in the upcoming 2018 election and reverse sagging poll numbers. After proroguing the Legislature late last week – effectively killing all bills currently before the Legislature –

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