Ontario Government Fall Economic Statement 2018
November 15, 2018
Today, Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli rose in the Legislature to deliver the Ontario PC government’s first Fall Economic Statement (FES). This highly anticipated event is second only to the provincial budget in terms of the attention paid to the Minister and the Ministry of Finance every year. The budget and the FES, as insiders like to call it, are the two focal points for decision making for Finance too, so in addition to providing a window into the province’s finances, many stakeholders hold their breath on this day, when funding decisions are often made.
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Prime Minister Trudeau Unveils Carbon Pricing and Rebate System Details
October 23, 2018
This morning Prime Minister Trudeau held a news conference to announce details of the planned federal carbon pricing system roll-out. He was joined by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan. The announcement was held at Humber College, which sits at the centre of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s electoral riding of Etobicoke North. It also sits in the federal riding of Minister Duncan.
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One Year Out - Federal Election 2019
October 22, 2018
One year out, the Liberals seem to have a thin edge in terms of voter intention. However, many polls had the Liberals and the Conservatives neck-and-neck from March to late-July or early- August, and just this week they look to have swung back to near parity. The Prime Minister’s approval rating has steadily declined since this summer, and now sits at 48%, according to Ipsos.
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How Recreational Cannabis Will Impact Medical Programs
October 17, 2018
With the legalization of recreational cannabis coming into effect on October 17, 2018, many are asking, what is the point of maintaining a separate medicinal cannabis model? After all, provincially licensed retail stores in theory will be permitted to sell a breadth of cannabis product strains and compounds for recreational use, some of which may have medicinal benefits. We would argue that a separate system for medicinal cannabis should exist, but just not in its current form. Instead, a system should exist that allows the provinces to enable community pharmacists to dispense cannabis for medical purposes to their patients to ensure safety, access and a high quality of care.
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Cannabis in the City: To Opt-In or Not Opt-In that is the Question
October 17, 2018
The day is finally here for cannabis legalization – October 17, 2018. Some have referenced similarities to the end of prohibition years ago. A historic day, no doubt. So, what’s next? We’ve heard from the Federal government as well as Provincial governments, but there are still several uncertainties and questions surrounding cannabis and its place within municipalities across Canada. The Municipal Team at Sussex Strategy Group hopes to shed some light those uncertainties through a brief overview of what’s to be expected as part of this legalization rollout.
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Sussex Strategy Group and PRØHBTD announce exclusive partnership
October 17, 2018
Leading global cannabis brand and media platform PRØHBTD today announced a partnership with Sussex Strategy Group, Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications agency. The partnership combines Sussex’s industry-leading expertise with the tremendous depth and experience of PRØHBTD to better service cannabis companies who include licensed producers, prospective retailers, technology companies and startups developing the next wave of ancillary cannabis products and services.
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What you need to know about the new NAFTA Agreement (USMCA)
October 1, 2018
Mere hours before a US-Mexico imposed deadline for ratification and after 13 months of intense, exhaustive and at times combative negotiations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced shortly before midnight last evening the completion of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now titled the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which covers $1.2 Trillion in annual trade.
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Sussex Synopsis: Trans Mountain Approval Overturned
August 31, 2018
As you have likely seen and heard, yesterday the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Trudeau government’s 2016 approval of the $9.3 billion Trans Mountain pipeline project. The 272 page ruling can be found here.
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Parliamentary Secretary Shuffle completes Trudeau’s personnel shakeup ahead of Fall Session
August 31, 2018
‍Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning substantial changes to the roster of Parliamentary Secretaries and the House leadership team ahead of the Fall Session of the House of Commons slated to begin on September 17th.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Vice President to the Energy and Environment Practice
August 28, 2018
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Matthew Gibson has joined the Energy and Environment Practice as Vice President. Matthew will be based in the Toronto office.
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Webcast: Preparing for Federal Carbon Pricing in Ontario
August 18, 2018
ICF and Sussex Strategy Group jointly presented this webinar on August 18th, aiming to explain how the federal carbon pricing system works, and what it could mean for you and your business. We invite you to listen to the presentation and let us know how we can hel
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Larger Than Expected Cabinet Shuffle Firms Up Trudeau’s Front Bench Ahead of 2019 Election
July 18, 2018
After yet another combative spring session of the House of Commons and with the next Federal Election now only 15 months away, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his Cabinet. This is likely to be the last shuffle before Canadians go to the polls in October 2019. The move was expected to occur in late summer prior to the Cabinet retreat and Liberal Summer Caucus meeting. The accelerated timeline suggests a desire to give the new Ministers additional time to learn the portfolios ahead of Parliament’s return on September 18th.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Vice President to the Energy and Environment Practice
July 9, 2018
TORONTO – 9 July 2018 – Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Devin McCarthy has joined the Energy and Environment Practice as Vice President, Federal. Devin will be based in the Sussex Ottawa office.
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New Ontario Cabinet Sworn In
June 29, 2018
Once again, welcome to Ford Nation. Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet was sworn in today, in a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly that was open to the public to attend. Those of a certain vintage will recall David Peterson’s first cabinet being sworn in similarly in 1985. The gesture is certainly one that suggests an openness and is intended to be a contrast to their predecessors who were less open and accessible to the public. Since the PCs campaigned on and continue to reiterate that they will be a government for the people, this is a good start.
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Sussex Ontario Election Update – Energy and Environment
June 11, 2018
The election of a majority Progressive Conservative government marks a watershed moment in the political climate in Ontario. Notwithstanding the twists and turns that resulted in Doug Ford being elected yesterday as the 26th Premier of Ontario (a transition that will become official on June 29th), voters gave the PCs a very clear majority mandate – meaning that the government will have considerable power and runway to bring their vision and promises to reality over the next four years.
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Brian Zeiler-Kligman's Appearance on the Election Night Edition of the 'Business of Cannabis' Show with Jay Rosenthal
June 8, 2018
Brian Zeiler-Kligman gives his first impression on Doug Ford’s election win, and what a PC majority as well as the Senate passing Bill C-45 mean for the cannabis industry.
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2018 Ontario Election Debrief
June 8, 2018
Welcome to Ford Nation. In a result that was not surprising for who won, but rather for its size and magnitude, Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative Party won a majority government yesterday.
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Brian Zeiler-Kligman's Appearance on Business of Cannabis with Jay Rosenthal
May 16, 2018
Brian Zeiler-Kligman, Senior Associate appeared on the Business of Cannabis show with Jay Rosenthal.
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Brett James Appearance on 570 News (CKGL)
May 4, 2018
Brett James appeared on 570 News (CKGL) in Kitchener to discuss Doug Ford's new media strategy and how it will affect his campaign moving forward.
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Your Business is Everybody’s Business: The Importance of Social Responsibility and Social Capital in Today’s Business Environment
April 17, 2018
Fans of economics and economists (I know you’re out there) will remember Milton Friedman’s apocryphal statement that “The business of business is business.” Following his multi-day grilling by Congress last week about privacy breaches connected to his business (but not, arguably, his core business), you may be tempted to ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg what he thinks.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Senior Counsel, Welcome John Glicksman!
April 16, 2018
TORONTO – April 16, 2018 – Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that John Glicksman has joined the Energy and Environment Practice as a Senior Counsel.
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Quebec Budget 2018
March 28, 2018
Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitão tabled Tuesday his last budget in the National Assembly ahead of the October provincial election.
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Ontario Budget 2018: Go Big or Go Home
March 28, 2018
Today, Finance Minister Charles Sousa rose in the Legislature to deliver the Ontario government’s budget, for the fiscal year April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. This is the last provincial budget to be delivered before voters head to the polls for the June 7th provincial election. It is titled “A Plan for Care and Opportunity” and it is 307 pages long. Our team has prepared a full analysis for our clients and associates.
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Michael Edwards Appearance on Zoomer Radio AM740
March 26, 2018
Michael Edwards, Director of Sussex Adrenaline, appeared on Zoomer Radio AM740 to discuss the recent Facebook surveillance and Cambridge Analytica scandal.
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Make No Mistake: Writ or Not, the Ontario Election Begins Today
March 19, 2018
Given that the usually predictable world of Ontario politics has been anything but since the night of January 24th, when Patrick Brown’s world came undone, it is now no surprise that all three major political parties have made surprise announcements, with little to no advanced notice, since the end of last week.
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Plain Packaging Among Proposed Federal Cannabis Regulations
March 19, 2018
Today, Health Canada released a summary report that summarizes feedback it received from its 60-day cannabis regulatory consultations. The report provides details on two key elements of the proposed regulations: the requirements for packaging and labelling of cannabis products and the definitions of micro-scale licences.
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2018 Federal Budget Overview
February 28, 2018
Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Trudeau Government’s third budget in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon with an emphasis on science, gender equality and preparing Canadians for the jobs of the future. Budget 2018 titled “Equality + Growth for a Strong Middle Class,” continues a number of the Trudeau Government’s stated goals on gender parity, reconciliation and enhancement of the Canada Child Benefit. “It is a plan that puts people first – that invests in Canadians and in the things that matter most to them” said Morneau in his address.
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Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan: Implementation Plans
February 21, 2018
Earlier today, the IESO and OEB published their respective strategies on how to implement the government’s 2017 Long Term Energy Plan (2017 LTEP). These documents were prepared in response to the governmental directives to both agencies associated with the release of the 2017 LTEP. The initiatives are broad in scope and will evolve how Ontario plans its system, delivers new programs, and fosters innovation.
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Ontario Progressive Conservative Leadership: Family Ties, But Will They Bind?
February 12, 2018
Now that the rules are in place, dates are known, and candidates have begun to step forward, we thought this would be a good time to provide you with an update about the goings on in the Ontario PC Party and their process to select the person who could potentially be the next Premier of Ontario. As long as the Party themselves didn’t know what they were doing, in the wake of Patrick Brown’s resignation, we didn’t see the value of writing to tell you what they were going to do. That made sense to us. But since the Party continues to be in a state of disarray, waiting doesn’t seem like it will get us any closer to a point of things being buttoned down. So here you have it.
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Ontario: Despite Upcoming Election, Machinery of Government Grinds On
February 7, 2018
Keen followers of the Ontario electoral calendar will have noticed there’s 120 days (as of Feb. 7) to go until Ontario’s election on June 7. With the current political intrigue and this small window of time available, some might think it’s best to sit on the sidelines through to the election and look to re-engage on your organization’s policy or regulatory objectives once a new government is in place. But that instinct is misplaced.
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Ontario Government Cabinet Shuffle
January 17, 2018
In what is probably the last such event before the June election, Premier Kathleen Wynne is shuffling her cabinet today, in a move that was both expected and surprising at the same time.
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Going Digital: The Emergence of Digital Advocacy
January 16, 2018
Cisco predicts that by 2020, over 75% of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video, and a quick scroll through any social media feed would substantiate that trend. As video grows to dominate the social sphere, it begs the question - why this is happening?
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Ontario Election Year Insights
January 10, 2018
Happy new election year! The legislative session is paused, set to resume in February (following the Family Day holiday) and leading to an election set for June 7, 2018. So, like we did in October, Sussex thought it was opportune to provide our clients with some insights into what is on the horizon for Ontario public affairs in the first part of 2018.
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The People's Guarantee - Ontario PC Platform and how it impacts energy
November 26, 2017
The People’s Guarantee was developed following a robust online policy resolution and voting process, where a myriad of topics were weighed and considered in the hopes of winning the support of voters. While releasing a platform comes far in advance of the election and against most convention wisdom, the Platform is designed to bring texture to how a PC government might shape its priorities, showcase the interests of its Leader and his approach to change, and to layer depth onto a political narrative that to-date has largely been focused on the perceived faults of the Liberal government.
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Quebec Economic Update: The Cheque is in the Mail!
November 21, 2017
After many years of austerity, the Quebec people will finally pass go and collect $200. Today, the Quebec Finance Minister released the government’s economic plan: Enabling Quebecers to Reap the Benefits of Growth. Quebecers will be going to the polls in October 2018 and they will be receiving, just in time for the election, a cheque from the Government that was designed to address the cost of school supplies.
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The Creeping Digitization of Health Care in Ontario
November 17, 2017
As we mark Digital Health Week in Canada (November 13-19, 2017), it is useful to take stock of the gains that have taken place, and the challenges still to be overcome in Ontario.
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Transparent Facebook Ads Have Launched In Canada
November 15, 2017
Starting today, Facebook users in Canada will now see all active ads any brand or organization are running on Facebook in a new "Ads" tab on their brand's Facebook page.
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Ontario Fall Economic Statement: Fair is Fair
November 14, 2017
Today, Ontario Minister of Finance, Hon. Charles Sousa rose to deliver an election-ready fiscal update, tabling the 166-page fiscal update with the campaign-ready titled “A Strong and Fair Ontario,” and announcing in Question Period that the Liberals are balancing the budget this year and for the next two years.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Addition to the Energy and Environment Practice
November 13, 2017
TORONTO – 13 November 2017 – Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Bonnie Hiltz has joined the Energy and Environment Practice as Director, Power and Utilities.
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New Rules Start Today for Pre-Election Political Ad Spending
November 9, 2017
Today puts us six months out from the provincial writ drop and the start of the 2018 election period. This means, effective today, new rules come into play around advertising - print, broadcast, and electronic - perceived to be for or against any political party, leader, or candidate or that is closely associated with any of those entities.
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All Tangled Up: Cutting Through Ontario’s Red Tape
November 8, 2017
Fairly or not, there are rumblings about the cost and difficulty of doing business in Ontario. Hydro rates are a perennial issue; cap-and-trade has added a new business consideration/cost; an increase in the minimum wage to $14/hour is on the way in January, with an increase to $15/hour in 2019.
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Analysis of Ontario’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan – Delivering Fairness and Choice
October 26, 2017
Earlier today the Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). Entitled Delivering Fairness and Choice, the LTEP was assembled over the past year following extensive consultation with affected stakeholders and communities, and building on the findings of the Ontario Planning Outlook (OPO) released by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in 2016.
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Fall Economic Update
October 25, 2017
Following what was widely perceived as a lacklustre second Budget in the Spring – and coming off of a month plagued by misstep and scandal despite a steadily performing economy – Finance Minister Bill Morneau attempted to change the channel on the Trudeau Government’s economic message this afternoon by delivering a Fall Economic Update. The update also provides a strong short-term forecast of the country’s fiscal health with longer-term questions lingering regarding spending levels and the federal deficit.
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Ontario Election 2018 Themes Emerging from Start of Fall Session
October 13, 2017
As the fall season starts to settle in, election season in Ontario is clearly already in full swing. For Members of Provincial Parliament, the Thanksgiving week break in the Legislature is an opportunity to touch base with constituents and reconnect with local communities. For keen observers like us with a direct interest in Ontario public affairs, and our clients, it is an opportunity to take stock of the first part of the Fall sitting and what it all means for the provincial election in June 2018.
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Quebec Cabinet Shuffle
October 12, 2017
Following a blowout election loss to the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in a previously safe seat last week and with electoral uncertainty growing despite strong economic indicators ahead of next fall’s provincial election, Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard undertook a large-scale shakeup of his cabinet yesterday.
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The Story Behind Recalibrating Ontario’s Electricity Policy
August 28, 2017
Much has been written about Ontario’s electricity policies, many by advocates of one aspect or another, usually to promote their position versus someone else’s.
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Prime Minister Trudeau shakes up his Cabinet once again
August 28, 2017
Less than a month before the House of Commons reconvenes for its Fall Session on September 18th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shaken up his cabinet for the second time in 2017, elevating two new Ministers and giving the front bench a substantial makeover with changes at Health, Veteran’s Affairs, Public Services and Procurement and a major retooling of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, which will now dissolve into two separate departments.
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Canada Day 150 Brings (Mostly) Free Trade Within Canada
July 13, 2017
It is quintessentially Canadian that beer and margarine have been the driving forces behind internal free trade in Canada.
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Health Policy Expert Abid Malik Joins Sussex Strategy Group To Strengthen Ontario Government Relations Practice
July 10, 2017
Abid Malik joins the firm as a Senior Associate, Ontario Government Relations. Prior to joining Sussex, Abid consulted to health care clients at a public affairs and health care consulting firm for two years.
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Update on Canada Infrastructure Bank and Bilateral Agreements
July 6, 2017
This morning, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi provided an update on two of the Trudeau Government’s key initiatives.
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Sussex Strategy Group Enhances Ontario Government Relations Practice With Addition of Public Policy Expert Brian Zeiler-Kligman
July 4, 2017
Brian Zeiler-Kligman joins the firm as a Senior Associate, Ontario Government Relations.
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Ontario Electricity Market Update
June 30, 2017
Power Advisory LLC and Sussex Strategy Group are pleased to introduce a collaborative bi-monthly report summarizing the activities.
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Canadian lobbying goes digital
June 28, 2017
Sussex’s Digital Director, Michael Edwards, was recently featured in the latest Power & Influence magazine Summer 2017 issue by The Hill Times where he discusses the ever changing landscape of digital advocacy and citizen engagement.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Senior Counsel
June 19, 2017
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Kim Warren has joined the Energy and Environment Practice as a Senior Counsel.
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Environment and Climate Change Canada announces $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund
June 16, 2017
Yesterday, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced the long awaited $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund, first mentioned in Budget 2016.
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Andrew Scheer elected as Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
May 29, 2017
Former House of Commons Speaker and Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer was elected the 2nd official Leader of Conservative Party of Canada and new Leader of the Official Opposition on the 13th and final ballot Saturday evening at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario. Scheer won with a tight 50.95% of the vote and to clinch the leadership overtaking Quebec MP and former Industry and Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier who had led on the first 12 ballots ultimately placing second with 49.05%.
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Government of Ontario 2017 Budget
April 27, 2017
Today Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the Wynne Government’s 2017 budget for the 2017/2018 fiscal year, which began on April 1st and will conclude on March 31st.
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The Cannabis Act: What you need to know
April 13, 2017
As a premiere Canadian public affairs firm, and one with particular sector expertise in medical marijuana and the opening of the new legalized market in Canada, we are pleased to provide you with our summary and analysis of today's tabling of the Cannabis Act and the materials provided by government in support of the new legislation.
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2017 Québec Budget Overview
March 29, 2017
Today, Québec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao presented his third consecutive balanced budget. In what he called a ‘’sustainable and responsible budget,’’ the minister fulfilled some electoral promises in cutting the so-called “health contribution” and slightly lowering income taxes.In 2017-2018, government revenue will stand at $106.3 billion and consolidated revenue growth is forecast at 3.7% in 2017-2018 and 2.7% in 2018-2019. For the same years, consolidated expenditure growth is forecast at 3.6% and 2.5%, respectively.
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2017 Federal Budget Overview
March 22, 2017
Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced Budget 2017 titled “Building a Strong Middle Class”, the Trudeau Government’s second, in the House of Commons this afternoon.
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Ontario Releases Electricity Cost Mitigation Measures
March 2, 2017
Earlier today, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault announced a comprehensive series of measures, entitled Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan, aimed at reducing electricity bills for Ontario ratepayers.
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Explaining the rapid increase in energy prices: Opinion
February 28, 2017
The question today is — with electricity prices as high as they are — what are the options for the Ontario electricity sector?
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Robyn Gray to Lead Environment and Climate Change Group
February 16, 2017
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Robyn Gray becomes Vice President.
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Parliamentary Secretary Shuffle
January 28, 2017
Prime Minister Trudeau announced a shakeup of the Parliamentary Secretaries this afternoon that saw the promotion of 9 new faces and moved others to new portfolios.
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Prime Minister Trudeau shuffles his Cabinet
January 10, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his Cabinet a revamp this afternoon in a shuffle that saw 3 Ministers removed altogether, 3 shuffled to new roles and 3 promoted from the backbench. All this is following a turbulent end to 2016 that saw Trudeau’s Government dogged by ethics questions around cash-for-access fundraising and missteps on the Electoral Reform file.
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Ontario Proclaims the Waste-Free Ontario Act: What’s Next
December 8, 2016
On November 30, 2016, the Government of Ontario proclaimed the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA), enacted by the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 (WFOA).
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Ontario Pharmacists Receive New Regulatory Approval
December 7, 2016
Sussex congratulates our longstanding client, the Ontario Pharmacists Association, on receiving regulatory approval to administer 13 new vaccines, including travel vaccines, from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
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Alberta introduces electricity market reforms to cap electricity rates and establish a capacity market
November 25, 2016
Alberta’s government has introduced new reforms that are meant to overhaul the province’s electricity market to encourage investment into new generation capacity while protecting consumers from price volatility as the market evolves as a result of the NDP’s Climate Leadership Plan.
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Canada announces "greening government" strategy
November 22, 2016
Yesterday in Calgary, during her keynote address to the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s annual Conference, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada announced that the Canadian Government will reduce emissions from government operations by 40 percent by 2030.
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2016 Ontario Government Fall Economic Statement
November 14, 2016
This afternoon Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the Wynne government’s Fall Economic Statement (FES). Its formal name is “Building Ontario Up for Everyone: the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review”. With the Liberals trailing badly in public opinion polling, and with two by-elections looming in just three days, the content and delivery of this year’s Statement was expected to take on additional strategic importance.
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Alberta – Government of Alberta announces next steps on ambitious renewable energy agenda
November 5, 2016
On Thursday November 3rd, as part of her keynote address to the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) annual conference in Calgary, the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, announced the provincial government’s next steps with respect to implementation of its ambitious renewable energy targets.
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Federal Fall Economic Statement 2016
November 1, 2016
Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his Fall Economic Statement today entitled ‘’A Plan for Middle Class Progress’’. As expected, there is no projection to balance the budget. The deficit is expected to be $25.1 billion in 2016-2017.
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Ontario and Québec announce new electricity trade agreement
October 21, 2016
Earlier this afternoon following a joint Cabinet meeting of Ontario and Québec, Premiers Wynne and Couillard announced a new Agreement to trade electricity, energy capacity and energy storage between the two provinces. The stated purpose of the Agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while making electricity more affordable and reliable for Ontarians.
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Government of Canada - Proposed Pan-Canadian Benchmark for Carbon Pricing
October 4, 2016
Earlier today, the Government of Canada announced its proposed pan-Canadian benchmark for carbon pricing, which would serve as a major component of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
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Ontario’s “Green Bank” Commitment
September 30, 2016
As many of our manufacturing and corporate clients have engaged us to help them seek out and secure financing from government funding programs, I thought this would be a good time for a discussion about the proposed new Ontario Green Bank – a potential new funding source for eligible entities and their projects.
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Update: Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review.
September 13, 2016
Special Advisors have been tasked by the Ministry of Labour to review and make recommendations on what changes, if any, should be made to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 in light of the changing nature of the workforce, the workplace, and the economy.
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Overview of the Ontario Planning Outlook
September 1, 2016
Today, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) released the Ontario Planning Outlook (OPO), a requirement of the power system planning process reflected in Bill 135, the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act (2015), and a precursor to the Government of Ontario’s review of its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). The objective of the OPO is to provide planning context for policy makers and industry stakeholders, and to serve as a starting point for consultation on the substance of the LTEP.
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Ontario Cap and Trade Program
August 22, 2016
This week, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
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The Case of Delta Airlines: “Cancel Cancellations Promise”
August 17, 2016
Two major outages at Southwest Airlines and Delta have raised questions about the IT systems of an airline industry already facing issues with crumbling infrastructure and growing air traffic.
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Agreement in Principle to a CPP enhancement
June 20, 2016
On June 20th, Canada’s Finance Ministers agreed in principle to work on a CPP enhancement starting January 1, 2019. Carly Martin breaks down the agreement.
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Ontario's Cabinet Shuffle Update
June 13, 2016
Premier Kathleen Wynne announces new cabinet in lead up to the 2018 provincial election. Here are our takeaways.
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Lobby Monitor: Sussex Acquires Digital Advocacy Firm Adrenaline
June 9, 2016
Government relations and strategic communications firm Sussex Strategy Group has acquired digital engagement company Adrenaline Digital, in a move meant to bolster the strategic outfit’s digital advocacy offerings.
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Sussex Strategy Group Acquires Leading Digital Engagement Agency
June 8, 2016
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, announced today its acquisition of Adrenaline Digital (“Adrenaline”), a leading digital advocacy company in Toronto.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Senior Associate in its Environment and Energy Practice
June 6, 2016
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Mark Olsheski has joined our Energy and Environment Practice as a Senior Associate
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Alberta Introduces Climate Leadership Implementation Act
May 31, 2016
Yesterday the Alberta government introduced Bill 20 – the Climate Leadership Implementation Act - for first reading as a next step in the implementation of the province’s ambitious climate change plan.
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Sussex produces video for MEDEC
May 13, 2016
When MEDEC, the national association that represents Canada’s medical technology industry, decided to produce a video that demonstrates the benefits of health technologies to patients, the healthcare system, and the economy, they called upon the expertise at Sussex to make the idea a reality.
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Sussex wins big at the ACE Awards
May 10, 2016
Sussex is proud to announce that we are the recipients of two ACE Awards for our work on-behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada during the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
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Ontario Government Funding for your Innovative, Green Business
April 6, 2016
Business support programs have been something of a constant for the Ontario Liberal administration since they first won office in 2003. Back then, there was the $500M Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy (OAIS), and its sister program, the interest-free loan based Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF).
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Federal Budget 2016
March 23, 2016
Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the first Trudeau Government budget entitled Growing the Middle Class. As expected, it contained a deficit of $29.4 billion. It also became clear there will be no balanced budget for the next five years. The government came to power on a promise of economic help for the middle class, set against sluggish economic growth, and turmoil sparked by the sharp drop in the price of commodities. The National Debt is expected to grow by $113 billion by 2020-21, but debt-to-GDP ratio will stay mostly flat at around 32 per cent. The government is projecting growth at 0.4% annually, which is much lower than economists predict, giving the Liberals some wiggle room that the economy will grow in order to accommodate the spending growth already committed.
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Sussex Strategy Group to Support the Humanitarian Coalition
March 21, 2016
Sussex Strategy Group is proud to announce that we have been chosen by the Humanitarian Coalition to provide our communications and advocacy expertise to one of the most important global causes of the millennium.
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Quebec Budget Summary 2016
March 18, 2016
Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos Leitao, tabled the Quebec Liberal government’s budget entitled “Economic Action”.
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Ontario Government 2016 Budget
March 8, 2016
Today, Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the Wynne Government’s third budget since being re-elected in 2014. Readers will recall that the 2014 Budget – which was defeated in the previous minority parliament and whose defeat triggered the 2014 election – was reintroduced and passed by the majority government in the summer of 2014.
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City of Toronto 2016 Operating & Capital Budget Review
February 29, 2016
When the 2015 City of Toronto budgets were presented, Mayor John Tory and seven other new Councillors had just taken office, so the development of the budgets was mainly a staff driven process. By the end of 2016 budget process, this was Mayor Tory’s budget.
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The Role of Public Relations in 2016
February 26, 2016
In 2015, I saw the PR industry coming into its own, as companies and organizations across the globe recognised the fundamental need to shift how, and how quickly, they need to communicate in order to meet expectations consumers for information.
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Towards a North American Price on Carbon
February 25, 2016
In March of 2014, the Canadian Electricity Association released a major document entitled Vision 2050: The Future of Canada’s Electricity System. The document established that if we want to reduce carbon emissions in the most economical way, pricing carbon in the economy was the only way to go. And we must recognize our electricity system, and our energy system, is continental, not national. I spent the remainder of 2014 and into 2015 talking about Vision 2050, both in Canada and the US. In these talks, when speaking of carbon pricing, I would make the statement we could see a North American price on carbon as early as 2020. Roughly a year later, I stand by that statement, using the same caveat I did back then: it will all come down to the US Supreme Court.
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Consolidation de notre bureau d’Ottawa – Entrée en fonction de M. Rodrigue Gilbert, collaborateur principal
February 9, 2016
Nous sommes très heureux d’accueillir M. Rodrigue Gilbert au sein l’équipe des Relations avec le gouvernement fédéral de Sussex, à titre de collaborateur principal, depuis le 1er février 2016. Rodrigue mettra à profit une très grande expérience et un très grand savoir-faire dans notre pratique déjà bien établie des affaires publiques fédérales à Ottawa. Il compte aussi à son actif de solides réussites dans ses relations avec le gouvernement du Québec au nom de différents clients.
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Strengthening our Ottawa Office – Addition of Rodrigue Gilbert, Senior Associate
February 9, 2016
We are very pleased to announce that Rodrigue Gilbert has joined the Sussex Federal Government Relations Practice as a Senior Associate as of February 1, 2016. Rodrigue brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to our already significant federally-focused public affairs practice in Ottawa. He also has a strong track record of successes for clients in dealing with the Government of Quebec.
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The Rise of Mexico's Auto Sector
January 27, 2016
On a recent trip to Mexico on behalf of a client, I had the opportunity to conduct a number of meetings and interviews with federal and state government officials and industry representatives to learn more about the country’s rising auto industry. While these meetings provided a lot of useful information, what stuck with me was my impression of Mexico’s attitude towards Canada in the context of competition for auto sector investment. These officials seemed to deal with the subject in both a defensive and conciliatory manner, almost as if they knew they had already won but didn’t want to rub it in.
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Ontario Energy 2016 Outlook and Year-End Review
December 22, 2015
Ontario’s energy and electricity sectors are typically very active with planning, procurement, and policy announcements - 2015 proved to be no exception. Reflecting on the past year, there has been substantial activity in the Energy portfolio headed by the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, as the Government of Ontario worked to achieve the key mandates and priorities set out by Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Cabinet.
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Climate Change Update - 2015 in Review and What's in Store for 2016
December 21, 2015
Over the last 6-8 months, there has been an incredible amount of activity related to climate change policy development, not only in Ontario but across Canada. A number of important steps were taken on both the provincial level of government but with a newly elected Liberal government in Ottawa, we have seen the climate change file escalate dramatically, just in the last few months. The steps taken in 2015 will lead to an equally exciting year ahead.
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