Mr. Martin’s Approach: A Primer for Business Based on public and non-public sources, Hillwatch has compiled a brief primer of the new Prime Minister's priorities and how these may affect government operations and expenditures. Many details remain undefined. As the new cabinet is formed and an upcoming Throne Speech and budget, we will be refining the picture of the new government for our clients.
Canada’s American Style Primaries Most Canadian political parties have now adopted the US Primary system of electing leaders. Changing the way we elect leaders creates a new game with new rules. With each successive leadership contest, we learn what the rules really are!
Follow the Money Canada vs. US political fundraising. Do our Canadian politicians need more or less money and what do the new political fundraising rules really mean?
Hillwatch Report on Softwood Lumber At the end of the day, we are forced to consider Managed Trade Regimes, their benefits and their costs. Our ability to deliver on the best option frequently depends on our negotiating savvy and timing.
Memo to Cabinet: Steal This Idea! Some public consultations are exceptionally well done – open, inclusive, & transparent. But lets face it – the way that federal departments and Parliamentary Committees consult with the public often leaves a lot to be desired.
The Siege of Quebec City Quebec City was Canada first full-blown exposure to how activist now use online channels to deliver off line messages.
Why the Internet Will Change Politics As new innovative communications and marketing practices are created to sell commercial products and services on-line, these techniques crossover to the political area and change the rules of the game
Explaining Quebec Separatism Nationalist monomania, chronic fibbing, the romantic appeal of oppression, and political hypochondria — these factors pre-condition the debate that occurs in Quebec between separatists and federalists and, in Canada, between Quebec and the Rest of Canada.
Our Man in Havana Cuba illustrates Canadians general disinclination to get involved in acts of ostracism and sanctions. Canadian diplomacy much prefers dialogue and ‘constructive engagement’. The American penchant for diplomatic positions based on ideology, moralism and domestic political considerations places the Canadian government on the other side of some issues
The Regulatory Efficiency Act The Regulatory Efficiency Act was introduced in the House of Commons by then Treasury Board President Eggleton on December 6, 1994