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Budget 2018: The Clean Up, Set Up and #TimesUp Budget

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has presented his third budget, the next to last before the 2019 election. First, the budget cleans up several hanging issues from previous budgets and government actions, which are summarized below. Second, the budget sets up several important themes for the Liberal

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Ontario PC Party Leadership Race Breakdown

Months before the provincial election, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PCPO) has been thrust into the spotlight following the resignation of Patrick Brown and the launch of one of the most condensed leadership processes in Canadian political history. The on-again, off-again Brown leadership has created an

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Dr. Helena Jaczek replaces Dr. Eric Hoskins as Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins has resigned as Minister and MPP. He announced his resignation through a statement posted on twitter. Hoskins is expected to be appointed by the Federal Government to lead the development of a national pharmacare strategy. His replacement will

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Federal Government Awards Innovation Supercluster Funding

Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has announced the winners of the $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI) – part of the government’s innovation agenda. The winning superclusters come from across the country and represent key sectors the government made a priority in

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BC’s Throne Speech: Horgan starts delivering for British Columbians (and the Greens)

The British Columbia’s government delivered its second speech from the throne since forming a government with the support of the Green caucus in June. The broad strokes of the speech set up the 2018 B.C. budget to be delivered on February 20. As these things are, the

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Too soon to determine if Trudeau government’s regulatory overhaul creates clarity – and unity

The Government of Canada announced today its long-awaited regulatory overhaul of the assessment and approvals process for major natural resources projects in Canada. Spreading out across the country, key federal ministers, led by Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr,

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Ontario: Path Ahead Becoming Clear After PC Leadership Upheaval

In the span of two days, Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario PC Party, MPP Vic Fedeli was chosen as Interim Leader, and the PC Party announced it was launching a hurry-up leadership race – all as the June 7, 2018 provincial election creeps closer.

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Navigating the post OMB world

Ontario’s land use planning approvals system is changing signficantly under Bill 139.  Municipalities will have increased control over the policies that they implement and the decisions they administer. That means big changes for developers in Ontario. This presentation highlights some of these changes and was delivererd to

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Wynne’s Cabinet Shuffle Creates Election Sales Force

Today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne rejigged her Cabinet in a long-anticipated shuffle. This likely represents the last shift in the Cabinet line up before the June 7 election. The Premier took the opportunity to increase gender parity, accelerate the generational change in the Cabinet and create the

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Ontario Politics: 2017 in Review & A Look Ahead to 2018

With 2017 drawing to a close and with a greatly-anticipated provincial election on the way in June 2018, we thought it was a good time to take stock of where each of Ontario’s main parties sits currently — and what’s in store for next year. Ontario Liberal

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