Throne Speech 2019: More Positioning Than Policy

Throne Speech 2019: More Positioning Than Policy

The Throne Speech opens a new session of Parliament. No speech, no Session. The Throne that the Governor General “GG” (as he/she/they is known in a town full of acronyms) sits on, is not in a throne room; but in the Senate Chamber. The GG is a stand in for the Sovereign. The elected MPs […]

New Liberal Minority Cabinet Announced

New Liberal Minority Cabinet Announced

The new Liberal cabinet was announced this afternoon. It is gender balanced – 18 women, 18 men – and it includes seven new faces.  However, the real indication of the government’s direction and strategy for survival will be signaled by the priorities announced in the Throne Speech on December 5th. Stay tuned!  Below is a […]

Budget 2019: Relentlessly “middle class”

Budget 2019: Relentlessly “middle class”

A pre-election budget is usually just that, a pre-election budget. It is a document that ‘sets the table’ for a government heading into an election as this government will be in the Fall. Core constituencies, regional or demographic (e.g. “Working Canadians”, “Families”, “Taxpayers”) are usually the focus. This time it is relentlessly “the middle class”. […]

Campbell Strategies’ efforts lead to expanded support for Canada’s thalidomide survivors

Campbell Strategies’ efforts lead to expanded support for Canada’s thalidomide survivors

Our firm regularly does pro bono work on important public policy issues. We are proud of our work with the Thalidomide Survivors Taskforce that was highlighted in this Globe and Mail article. In 2015 the Conservative Government, following a unanimous vote in the House of Commons, provided over $180M to support Canada’s thalidomide survivors. Yesterday, […]

Ontario takes next step on Cannabis retail policy

Ontario takes next step on Cannabis retail policy

Ontario’s once-tightly controlled entry into legalized recreational cannabis has seemingly broken wide open. The Ford government’s first move was to take storefront sales away from the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store and open it up to private retailers. Earlier this week the government allowed an unlimited number of storefronts across the province, and permitted its use […]