Rodrigue Gilbert

Senior Associate
(613) 691-0319

As a Senior Associate based in the Sussex Ottawa office, Rodrigue provides expert advice on federal government relations, issues management and advocacy, as well as a history of proven government relations successes in the Province of Quebec.

His advice is grounded in over 18 years of experience working both with and for the Federal government. During this time, he worked for 10 years as a political advisor to several federal Ministers including the President of the Treasury Board and Ministers of Heritage, Human Resources and Skills Development and Industry. This experience provided Rodrigue with expertise in the Canadian legislative and regulatory processes.

After government, he spent four years working for a Crown corporation investment fund in Montreal. More recently, Rodrigue founded RGGR, a government relations firm specialized in developing and executing strategic public affairs plans tailored to small- and medium-sized businesses. Rodrigue is recognized for promoting and defending the interests of his clients in both Canada and abroad.

Rodrigue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Laval University and is fluently bilingual. He can provide advice on a wide range of policy areas, but is specialized in Environment, Health, Natural Resources and Energy.

Quebec Economic Update: The Cheque is in the Mail!
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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Fall Economic Update
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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Quebec Cabinet Shuffle
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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Prime Minister Trudeau shakes up his Cabinet once again
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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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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Environment and Climate Change Canada announces $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund
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
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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Parliamentary Secretary Shuffle
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
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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Canada announces "greening government" strategy
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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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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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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Quebec Budget Summary 2016
Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos Leitao, tabled the Quebec Liberal government’s budget entitled “Economic Action”.
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