Federal Budget 2012 For all the tough talk about taming public expenditures, this is a mild budget. This year the Harper Government will be spending $34 billion more than it did before the recession. In 5 years time when the deficit is scheduled to be eliminated, they are planning to spend close to $54 billion more than their pre-recession budget.
Radical Reform Of Political Contributions
Chretien and Harper Governments have radically changed the rules on political contributions. Corporations and unions pushed to the periphery; political parties driven to re-structure; advantages shifting between parties and candidates. Yet, most Canadians are unaware of changes.
Deficit-Cutting Then and Now
The Trudeau and Mulroney Governments were unsuccessful in eliminating the deficit; the Chretien Government succeeded. Can we apply that experience to our current problem?
The March 19 Federal Budget: Implications for Business
Reports on the budget and the government spin on it have largely been focused on the tax benefits for families and individuals. We focus on some of the positive business impacts that have not been highlighted in press and government reports.
Based on the results of a well-executed campaign, the Conservatives have moved up the polls in the New Year. Unless the last minute barrage of negative Liberal ads rolls that progress back, after 13 years in power the Liberals are out of office and the Conservatives in.
The Interweaving of the Internet and Politics
In North America and Western Europe, the Internet is now an important part of the political campaign mix but it has a better chance of fulfilling its promise of being radical transformative technology in other parts of the Globe
Managing the Legislative Process
Some organizations are timid players in the Parliamentary process. They should be bolder. Multiple avenues of action exist and bad legislation stays on the books for a long time.
Working The New Minority Government
In a minority government, associations that successfully negotiate an understanding with officials and ministers in private may find deals renegotiated in the Commons
Legislative Lobbying: Need Help?
A good legislative lobbyist helps you hang in and hang on every step of the way to present your case in the best possible light and with the greatest possible, positive impact.