Brett James


Brett James has been a partner and principal of Sussex Strategy Group since 2000. Brett provides clients with strategic counsel on major business issues, informed and intelligent guidance on their government interaction and communications advice to leverage public opinion on issues affected by government decisions.

Brett is responsible for the firm’s federal government relations practice, its strategic communications business and coordinates its provincial GR outside of Ontario. The federal GR team is known for its hard-working and results-oriented approach that has led to major legislative, policy and procurement success for both domestic and international clients. Brett’s strategic communications team delivers sophisticated, analysis-driven communications campaigns to move public opinion on issues, hands-on management of difficult media and public issues, and proven crisis communications expertise. Brett is well-known in business and media circles for his thoughtful guidance and positioning of complicated issues leading to better business, policy and political outcomes.

Brett has been a political and communications commentator on several major Canadian media outlets and a guest speaker at many major business, communications and advocacy conferences in Canada and the United States. He continues to be a senior advisor and fundraiser for candidates and campaigns across the country.

Ontario’s Approach to Recreational Cannabis: It Finally Gets A Little Less Hazy
Yes, the headline puns will be going into overdrive over the next few days (as always, Sussex looks to be ahead of the curve). Today, the Ontario Government announced the general framework for the legalization of recreational cannabis in the province, when it takes place next summer.
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Update on Canada Infrastructure Bank and Bilateral Agreements
This morning, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi provided an update on two of the Trudeau Government’s key initiatives.
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Andrew Scheer elected as Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
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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The Cannabis Act: What you need to know
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
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
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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Federal Fall Economic Statement 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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Sussex Strategy Group Acquires Leading Digital Engagement Agency
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 produces video for MEDEC
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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Federal Budget 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
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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Consolidation de notre bureau d’Ottawa – Entrée en fonction de M. Rodrigue Gilbert, collaborateur principal
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
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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