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PM Trudeau Announces New Cabinet
November 20, 2019
This afternoon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Liberal Cabinet for his second term in office. Mr. Trudeau and his advisors chose to expand the number of Cabinet Ministers by two from 35 to 37. He maintains gender parity.
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Ontario Fall Economic Statement
November 6, 2019
Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips tabled his first and the Ford Government’s second Fall Economic Statement on November 6, 2019.
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Energy & Environment: Ontario Fall Economic Statement
November 6, 2019
The following is intending to serve as a supplementary briefing note on matters outlined in the Fall Economic Statement as it pertains to our clients in the energy and environmental sectors.
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An Ontario Perspective: Federal Election 2019
October 23, 2019
Because so many of our clients have an interest with the Ontario government, we thought it would be helpful to examine how the federal election played out in this province.
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Post-Election43 Analysis
October 22, 2019
The ballots are counted and the results are in: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has retained power. His Liberal Party will form the next federal government. 
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Liberal Party Commit to Legislative Net Zero Emissions by 2050
September 25, 2019
Hon. Catherine McKenna, the Liberal candidate for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change for four years under the Trudeau Government, announced this morning a number of environment-related pledges on behalf of her Party.
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Shawn McCarthy Joins Sussex Strategy Group as Senior Counsel
September 13, 2019
Sussex Strategy Group Inc. (Sussex) is pleased to announce that veteran journalist Shawn McCarthy has joined the firm as Senior Counsel.
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Federal Election 43 Officially Underway
September 11, 2019
Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Rideau Hall and handed the Governor General a letter recommending the dissolution of the 42nd Government of Canada. The presentation of this document was followed by the Governor General calling the election. Thereafter, the Chief Electoral Officer issues hundreds of writs—one for each of the 338 electoral districts.
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Renewing the Blue Box
August 12, 2019
On June 7, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced the appointment of Mr. David Lindsay as Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste. Read our summary/analysis of the Special Advisor's Final Report.
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PART 2: Social Media Advertising in the Federal Election
August 8, 2019
Part Two of this two-part series delves deeper into how political parties and organizations are using social media to find creative ways of campaigning.
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PART 1: New Political Advertising Rules Under the Elections Modernization Act
August 1, 2019
In Part One of this two-part series, we explain the new political advertising rules under the Elections Modernization Act.
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Brett James Discusses the Nanos Poll on AM640
July 26, 2019
Hear Sussex's Brett James discuss the recent Nanos poll and how it will impact federal election campaigns.
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Brett James Discusses Federal Election on AM640
July 23, 2019
Gerald Butts and the Liberals - smart move or mistake? Hear Sussex's Brett James on AM640 discussing the upcoming federal election and sharing his thoughts on the matter.
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Ontario Regulatory Update
July 17, 2019
After one year of Ford Government, regulation is down, but not out. July 12 marked one year since the Ford Government’s Speech From the Throne, which set out the government’s legislative agenda and focus.
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Analysis: Second Report on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: “A Healthy Ontario: Building a Sustainable Health Care System”.
June 25, 2019
The second report from the Premier’s Council to the Premier and Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care was released on June 25, 2019. The report provides advice on how to achieve what it describes as a new vision for health care system centred on the patient that is modern, sustainable and integrated.
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Ford Government Shuffle: What You Need to Know
June 20, 2019
In a sweeping cabinet shuffle, the scope of which far exceeded anything that most observers expected, Premier Doug Ford unveiled his new front bench today. In what is being described as a “reset” of the Ontario government, Premier Ford has elevated some of his best communicators to more prominent roles.
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Canadian Government and Ontario Government Take Action on Plastic Waste
June 13, 2019
An overview of the announcements made by both governments pertaining to plastic waste and what they mean moving forward.
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Legislation for USMCA Ratification & Timeline
May 28, 2019
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced yesterday the first step in ratification of the USMCA trade deal. Ratification by the Legislative Branch of the three countries is the last step before a date of entry into force is announced.
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Sussex Announces Vice President to the Ontario Government Relations Team
May 13, 2019
Sussex Strategy Group is pleased to announce that property assessment, taxation, and finance policy expert Carla Nell has joined the firm as a Vice President in the Ontario Government Relations group. Carla will work out the firm’s Toronto office.
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Nanaimo-Lady Smith By-Election: Analysis & Implications for Election 2019
May 8, 2019
This By-Election provides insights on the relative strengths of key Federal Parties and key electoral issues come the fall. With this in mind, Sussex provides this analysis of the By-Election and its implications.
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The Challenges in Public Funding of Health Care Technologies
May 6, 2019
With the passing of Health Innovation Week (April 1-5) last month and the recent changes to health care delivery in Ontario, it is useful to discuss the current state of health care technology adoption and the potential impact of changes to the health care environment in Ontario.
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Report & Analysis | Ontario Provincial Budget 2019
April 11, 2019
Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli tabled the Progressive Conservative government’s first Budget today, unveiling their first annual fiscal plan since being elected in June 2018. As the government holds a comfortable majority of seats in the Legislature, this was the first of four budgets the Ford Government will table.
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Report & Analysis | Quebec 2019 Budget: "Your Priorities, Your Budget"
March 22, 2019
Quebec Finance Minister, Éric Girard, presented his first budget to the National Assembly on Thursday, March 21 since the election of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government last October.
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Report & Analysis | Federal Government 2019 Budget: "Investing in the Middle Class"
March 19, 2019
Finance Minister Bill Morneau today released the federal government’s 2019 Budget in the House of Commons. Titled Investing in the Middle Class, the plan is designed to position the Liberal government ahead of the election currently scheduled for October 21, 2019.
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Municipal Update: It's All About the Money
March 13, 2019
From its launch in late January to today, Members of Toronto City Council have had ‘budget on the brain’ for weeks. Dozens of staff presentations and meetings, hundreds of public deputations, and nearly a thousand communications from stakeholders have all cumulated to the final City of Toronto 2019 Budget, which City Council approved late Thursday evening.
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IESO Consultation on the Transitional Capacity Auction
March 11, 2019
Last week on March 7th, the IESO held a stakeholder consultation on their plans to meet Ontario's Capacity Needs through the mid-2020s.
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Ontario Launches Reducing Litter and Waste Discussion Paper
March 7, 2019
Yesterday afternoon the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced a 45-day public consultation pertaining to waste and litter reduction in the province.
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CEA's State of the Canadian Electricity Industry 2019 Report
March 5, 2019
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released the State of the Canadian Electricity Industry 2019 Report.
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Federal Cabinet Shuffle
March 4, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet on Friday morning to fill the vacancy created by Jody Wilson-Raybould's departure over the SNC-Lavalin controversy, in a move that saw three Ministers get new titles.
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The Federal and Ontario Carbon Systems – A Comparison
February 19, 2019
Since this time last year, Ontario industry has been kept busy navigating a changing policy and regulatory landscape regarding carbon pricing. This issue has encompassed a myriad of topics: political positioning, intergovernmental and constitutional challenges, and rapid regulatory changes. While it is not unusual for a public policy issue to include all of these facets, it tends to be stretched out over several years, and election cycles; in the case of carbon pricing these factors are happening at the same time, thereby making it a more daunting process for companies to follow. The Environment and Federal teams at Sussex Strategy Group have taken a look at the two current carbon systems in play – the proposed Ontario Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) and the federal Output-Based Pricing System (OBPS).
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Cannabis in the City What’s the ‘Budd’ Buzz?
January 16, 2019
It was a whirlwind December and first month in office for newly-elected officials across Ontario’s municipalities, no doubt. Following inaugural meetings, Council Members faced urgent business, important decisions, and a burning question… whether to Opt-In or Opt-Out of allowing cannabis retail locations. The Municipal Affairs Team at Sussex Strategy Group hopes to provide a quick update and overview of what we’ve seen so far, as well as what’s to be expected for municipalities into 2019 and beyond as part of this legalization rollout.
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The Federal Cabinet Shuffle
January 15, 2019
With the next Federal Election now only 10 months away, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet this morning to deal with the sudden departure of Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison.
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Government Relations in Ford Nation: The Ontario Government Year in Review and Look Ahead
January 15, 2019
Queen’s Park watchers are well aware of the fast and furious changes experienced in 2018 – from the toppling of Patrick Brown to the ascendancy of Doug Ford to the majority PC government. Certainly, 2019 will offer greater stability in Ontario politics, with the Ford government securely in place. But those expecting a quieter and more predictable year are likely to be disappointed.
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Municipal Update: The Towers of Power
December 14, 2018
Thursday marked the first solid day of Toronto City Council, where the pomp and circumstance was over and it was down to business. As highlighted in our update last week, Council Committees look a little different from the last term, with 4 interim Committees and 25 Members of Council, 26 when you include the Mayor. The Councillors who form the Committees have the ability to significantly move the dial on any particular issue.
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New Federal Coal and Natural Gas-fired Electricity Regulations: A Sussex Overview
December 14, 2018
On December 12th the Federal Government published two final regulations that will significantly impact the Canadian electricity sector. While the Regulations are specific to thermal electricity generation, the Regulations create some opportunity for other generation types as Canada works towards 90% GHG non-emitting power by 2030.
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Municipal Update: Back In The Tower Again
December 5, 2018
Toronto City Council was sworn in on December 4, 2018 to a Council Chamber full of family, friends and staff. The new Council is comprised of 25 Members including the Mayor, making it 26 (remember this now means to have an item passed at Council a majority +1 is needed, i.e. 14 votes). Read our report on Toronto's New City Council.
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Analysis: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan
November 29, 2018
Today, the Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks – the Hon. Rod Phillips - released Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations – A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (‘Plan’). The 53-page document is the government’s overarching blueprint for environmental policy. Below, Sussex has summarized the key points of the Plan with additional context for specific elements that may be of interest. The Plan is now posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR) website here, for a 60-day public consultation period. The government will continue to announce policies, actions, and initiatives associated with the Plan including additional opportunities for online and in-person consultation in the months ahead. Sussex will continue to monitor these developments.
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Federal Government Fall Economic Statement Analysis
November 21, 2018
Finance Minister Bill Morneau today released the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement (FES) in the House of Commons. Titled Investing in Middle Class Jobs, the plan is designed to shore up Canadian economic confidence in the face of a strained trade relationship with the United States and a gradual shift from a resource-based economy to one based on the Liberal government’s clean-growth model of innovation, technology and services. It also continues the Government’s focus on growing the middle class.
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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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