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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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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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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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