Canada and China: Canola, Pork and Meng Wanzhou

Last December, Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver after a request was made by the United States Department of Justice under the Treaty on Extradition Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United...

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2019 Federal Session in Review

2019 began with the Liberal government riding high in the afterglow of a newly-signed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. As the House of Commons resumed in the new West Block chamber, most pollsters envisioned the Trudeau Liberals coasting to a safe majority...

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Eric Hoskins’ Two-Election Pharmacare Gambit

The release of Dr. Eric Hoskins’ much-anticipated report on the Implementation of National Pharmacare earlier this month has reignited the longstanding public debate regarding how Canadians should pay for their medications.   What’s different this time is that...

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Ford’s First Year Shuffle

Ending weeks of speculation, today Premier Doug Ford announced a reset of his government with the most significant Cabinet shuffle in modern Ontario history. Today’s shuffle included some of the most important portfolios and people in government, with only eight...

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The new players in the Alberta government

Premier Jason Kenney’s top priorities of jobs, pipelines and the economy drove the composition of his new 23-member cabinet, sworn in yesterday. The Premier’s front bench includes new portfolios such as Red Tape Reduction and Natural Gas that both increase the number...

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Kenney sweeps Alberta

Alberta is blue again. The United Conservative Party led by Jason Kenney has won its first majority government. The UCP won 63 of the 87 seats in the Alberta Legislature, and over 53.8% of the popular vote, after an election filled with negative attacks and divisive...

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What Matters Most to the Ford Government

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli delivered his government’s first budget entitled “Protecting What Matters Most” – so what matters most to the Ford government? Eliminating the deficit. The path back to balance will take five years – a wily choice that allows the government...

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Alberta Election 2019: The Politics Behind Energy Priorities

The Alberta election comes on the heels of a difficult economic period for the province, shaped by suppressed oil prices and economic hardship in the energy industry. While whichever party forms government after the April 16th election will not be able to entirely...

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Alberta Election 2019: The Big Ballot Question

Political parties spend millions of dollars on research, advertising and a leader’s tour to shape how voters view each election, and the choices offered.  It’s an exercise known as “setting the ballot question.” The more success a party has in defining that question,...

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