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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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Prorogation: What it means for the Fall Session at Queen’s Park

Prorogation:  What it means for the Fall Session at Queen’s Park

Today, Premier Wynne’s government announced its intention to seek prorogation of the Ontario legislature. What does this mean for business at Queen’s Park? While the essential work of government continues, Bills that were not passed in the last session are now dead and will need to go

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Public Affairs Veteran Andrew Steele to join StrategyCorp in September

July 12, 2016 – Toronto – StrategyCorp is pleased to announce that in September Andrew Steele will join the firm as Vice President, fueling the firm’s continued growth across Canada. Andrew’s 20 years of transformational leadership in business, media and government helps cement StrategyCorp’s unique market position

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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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Ontario Cabinet Overhaul: Positioning Liberals for Election 2018

Ontario’s new cabinet was sworn-in today (download our quick reference guide to Ontario’s new Cabinet here).  At 30 members, more than half of elected Liberals now sit in Cabinet.  While headlines continue to focus on the size of cabinet, and that women represent 40% of its members,

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Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan: Some Clarity and More Questions

The Government of Ontario has released its Five Year Climate Change Action Plan.  Ontario has decided to pursue aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets: 2020 – 15% 2030 – 37% 2050 – 80% The cornerstone of the government’s approach is its decision to adopt a cap-and-trade system, specifically

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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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New Ontario land-use rules: Higher Densities, Greenbelt Expansion

The Ontario government doubled-down on intensification today with the release of proposed updates to four Provincial Land Use Plans – the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Greenbelt Plan, and Oak Ridges Moraine Plan. While the Wynne government promoted the new environmental protections in a

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