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Murray Adds Another Green Voice to Trudeau Front Bench

For the third time in 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his Cabinet, promoting Parliamentary Secretary Joyce Murray to the role of President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government. Today’s shuffle follows Jane Philpott’s resignation from Cabinet on March 4. Since then, Public

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Ford Government & Health Care: Unpacking The People’s Health Care Act, 2019

The Ford government has introduced its health system legislation, The People’s Health Care Act, 2019. As its centerpiece, the legislation will merge 20 major health care provincial agencies, including the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) into a single agency called Ontario Health (“the Agency”), and lead to

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Last Cabinet Shuffle Before Election 2019? Scott Brison’s Resignation Prompts Mini-Shuffle

Last Thursday’s announcement of the resignation of political veteran Scott Brison from his Treasury Board portfolio prompted today’s mini-shuffle of the Cabinet. Brison’s departure also required the Liberals to highlight a new face from Nova Scotia at the Cabinet table.   This could be the last shuffle

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Trudeau Government budget update seeks to burnish economic credentials before election

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau has taken one of the Trudeau government’s last major opportunities to bolster Canadian economic confidence ahead of the 2019 election by unveiling its Fall Economic Statement. The Fall Economic Statement arrives at an enviable political moment for the federal Liberals. By almost

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Controlling Spending, Making Life More Affordable and Growing the Economy: Key Themes in Ontario Fall Economic Statement

In what has been a challenging few weeks for a new government, the Fall Economic Statement (FES) provides a timely channel-changer and a rallying point in the lead-up to the Party’s convention this weekend. Since its election on June 7th, the Ford Government has moved quickly to

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New Brunswick Election: Minority Government Drama

For the first time in almost 100 years, New Brunswick is set to form a minority government, with PC leader Blaine Higgs in Saint John suburb Quispamsis claiming a slim victory in the province’s 49-seat legislature, winning the election by just one seat. The last time third

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Tories Go ‘Line-By-Line’ To Find Campaign-Promised Efficiencies

Following on the heels of Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli updating Ontarians on the state of the province’s finances, predicting a $15 billion deficit for 2018-19, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy has revealed the findings of the government’s promised “line-by-line audit”, conducted by an independent auditing firm.  Bethlenfalvy

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Ontario: Fedeli Predicts $15 Billion Deficit for ’18-’19: “The Hole Is Deep and Will Require Sacrifices”

Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli used the forum of the Economic Club of Ontario to provide a general update on the state of the province’s finances.  He also announced the release of both the Public Accounts of Ontario for 2017-18 and the Report of the Independent Financial

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Ontario uses constitutional ‘notwithstanding’ clause to enact Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018

The Superior Court of Ontario has set aside provisions of Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018 that would re-district Toronto’s 2018 election boundaries from a 47-ward system to a 25-ward system. The Court found that these provisions breached the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and

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PC Government Reiterates Key Commitments in Speech from the Throne, “A Government For the People”

Since the swearing-in of the Ford government on June 29, the Progressive Conservatives have not wasted any time on moving their agenda forward.  They have made several announcements on issues like cap-and-trade, renewable energy projects, the slimming of OHIP+, and the departure of the CEO and Board

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