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Alberta Goes to the Polls April 16 – Is it a Change Election?

Election season in Canada kicked off in Alberta with the announcement by Premier and NDP Leader Rachel Notley that Albertans will head to the polls for a twenty-eight-day campaign on Tuesday, April 16.  This election call was expected given that fixed-election date laws require an election to

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Trudeau Election Budget Seeks to Convert Remaining Prosperity into A Renewed Liberal Mandate

“Liberal times are good times,” the Grits are fond of saying, and Trudeau’s government has indeed been blessed with quarter after quarter of economic good fortune. Now, in the economic cycle’s waning days, Finance Minister Morneau is seeking to leverage Canadians’ remaining sense of prosperous times into

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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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Ontario Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy provides detail on big changes coming to government

In the lead-up to the much-anticipated Fall Economic Statement President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy provided further detail of his government’s vision for modernizing government services and restoring trust in the province’s finances. The government has continued to stress the “moral imperative” to return the province

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Early Term Cabinet Shuffle in Ontario Sees Shifts in Leadership and Staff

Following the surprise resignation of Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson from Cabinet and the Ontario PC Caucus on Friday evening, Premier Doug Ford and his team took the opportunity to re-calibrate his Cabinet before the opening of business on Monday morning.  In addition, on Friday afternoon, there

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Toronto Election: John Tory Returns for Second Term as Toronto’s Mayor

Toronto voters gave John Tory a strong mandate for a second term as Mayor. The result was unsurprising. Tory’s victory seemed all but confirmed in polling leading up to the election. He earned 63 per cent of the vote. His nearest competitor, former chief city planner Jennifer

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