The Gloves Are Off: Throne Speech Launches New Parliamentary Session

The Gloves Are Off: Throne Speech Launches New Parliamentary Session

The Liberals are back in the House of Commons, at least for the next few days. Yesterday, a rag tag group of socially distant Liberal MPs (and a few opposition ones as well), honoured Parliamentary tradition and trudged across Wellington Street in Ottawa to stand like supplicants at the back of the Senate Chamber. There, […]

We Need To Plan For The World After COVID-19

We Need To Plan For The World After COVID-19

In this thoughtful piece below, Campbell Strategies business associate, Steven Bright, urges us to start to think now about post COVID-19 economic and social reconstruction. The last time Canada faced a similar challenge and opportunity was in the aftermath of World War II. We have to think about the future before we get there and […]

Updated Government Measures To Combat The Economic Impact Of COVID-19

Updated Government Measures To Combat The Economic Impact Of COVID-19

The federal government has made several new announcements and amendments to its direct support program for businesses and to support the retention of employees. The links below outline all of the initiatives announced to date. Please note that these programs are constantly being refined: Department of Finance https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html Bank of Canada https://www.bankofcanada.ca/markets/market-operations-liquidity-provision/covid-19-actions-support-economy-financial-system/ OSFI https://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/Eng/Pages/COVID-19.aspx If […]

Political Communications In The Time of Pandemic

Political Communications In The Time of Pandemic

When crisis comes, the traditional communications tools of politics will backfire A time of crisis is no time for partisanship. It’s a fool’s errand that will only reduce one’s political capital as quickly as a compulsive gambler at the craps table. In both cases, the game is fixed. When it comes to winning, pandemics have […]

We Need To Plan For The World After COVID-19

We Need To Plan For The World After COVID-19

In this thoughtful piece below, Campbell Strategies business associate, Steven Bright, urges us to start to think now about post COVID-19 economic and social reconstruction. The last time Canada faced a similar challenge and opportunity was in the aftermath of World War II. We have to think about the future before we get there and […]

COVID-19 & Governments – The Future of Your Business May Be at Stake

COVID-19 & Governments – The Future of Your Business May Be at Stake

At Campbell Strategies, we are getting lots of calls from clients wanting to keep their businesses on the radar screens of government decision-makers. For them, its mission-critical. All levels of government- federal, provincial, and municipal – are dealing with COVID-19, and in real time. This makes for a dynamic decision-making environment (and not always the […]

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, […]