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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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NDP’s Horwath names Ontario official opposition critics

Delayed by the summer legislative session, Andrea Horwath announced critic roles for the New Democratic Party caucus. All 40 MPPs in Ontario’s largest official opposition since 1985 were granted roles in the shadow cabinet, including two dozen rookie MPPs, alongside long-time Queen’s Park veterans. Rather than mapping caucus

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“Mad Max” Beyond Halifax

What’s behind Maxime Bernier’s Announcement? Since Andrew Scheer secured the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), he has been forced to deal with the looming presence (and social media outbursts) of his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier.  In recent weeks, Bernier, who won 49% of

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Trudeau Shuffle’s Cabinet to Position for Election 2019

Prime Minister Trudeau retooled his cabinet today to prepare for an intense fifteen months leading to the October 2019 federal election. A government usually deals with two kinds of issues: those that are good for the party and should be emphasized in an election (swords); and those

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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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StrategyCorp Guide to Ontario Premier Ford’s New Cabinet

Doug Ford was sworn in today as Ontario’s 26th Premier along with a Cabinet that represents a mix of familiar faces as well as those new to Queen’s Park.  Today also marks the first day of an Ontario Progressive Conservative government since 2003, after fifteen years of Liberal

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“See you in September!” The House of Commons adjourns for summer. What’s in store when they return?

The ritual of MPs offering thanks to their staff, clerks and pages, encouraging colleagues to visit their ridings – each invariably touted as “the most beautiful part of the country” – and bidding one another adieu before scrambling for cabs to the airport played out on Wednesday

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Conservatives Win Quebec By-Election…A Strategic Preview of the 2019 Battle?

When is a by-election not just a by-election?  When there’s a wider strategy at play. Last night, Conservative candidate Richard Martel handily won the riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, receiving 53% of the vote, to the Liberals’ Lina Boivin with 29%.  The NDP finished a distant third with

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Notley prepares Alberta’s cabinet for 2019 election with mini-shuffle

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced a few very minor tweaks to put a new pre-election face on her government today.  She welcomed one new minister and gave additional responsibilities to an existing minister to replace two ministers who are not seeking re-election. Backbench Calgary-Currie MLA Brian Malkinson

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