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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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Liberal Government Initiates Environmental Assessment Processes Review

During the 2015 General Election campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada promised to make changes to the Environmental Assessment (EA) processes as part of their broader platform themes to improve environmental sustainability and promote greater consultation (and permission) from stakeholders, including Indigenous peoples.  Once elected, the Liberal’s

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Fixing the Tragically Hip’s Concert PR Stumble

What should have been a fitting farewell tribute to a band that has become as synonymous with Canadiana as a May long-weekend, has become something that’s threatening to mar the Tragically Hip’s legacy.  No one would question the motives of the Band.  I find it difficult to

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