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The Morning Brief - 01.31.19

Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 31, 2019 7:20:45 AM

NATIONAL ISSUES

Economy—U.S. Federal Reserve, Interest Rates and the U.S. Economy—GDP for November—Alberta Oil Production Curtailment

 

U.S. Fed, Interest Rates and U.S. Economy

Background to the Decision

The tone and substance of the announcement made yesterday by U.S. Fed Chair Jerome Powell differed markedly from the one he made after the December 19 meeting of the Fed’s Open Markets Committee. On that date, Powell announced that the Fed was raising rates so that they would range between 2.25% and 2.50%.

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The Morning Brief - 01.30.19

Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 30, 2019 9:31:45 AM

NATIONAL ISSUES

Competence—in Foreign Affairs and Domestic Issues

 

Competence

It was suggested to me during the weekend that competence may be the issue that decides where Canadians will place their votes in October or whenever voting day happens to be. Competence in dealing with foreign affairs and competence when dealing with domestic issues is what is required. 

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Nick Jansen joins New West Public Affairs

Posted by New West Public Affairs on Jan 29, 2019 11:10:59 AM

The team at New West Public Affairs is excited to share with you that we have added another talented and experienced consultant to our growing team of public affairs and government relations experts. Nick Jansen has joined our team as a consultant and brings expertise in the often complex field of electricity policy.

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The Morning Brief - 01.29.19

Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 29, 2019 7:30:47 AM

NATIONAL ISSUES

Economy—Bank of Canada Governor Poloz—Finance Minister Morneau—Possible Recession—China Update

 

Economy

Yesterday’s question period revealed two attacks from the Conservatives and one from the NDP. The Conservatives asked about the government’s handling (they would call it bungling) of Canada’s relationship with China and then moved to two economic issues. The first was set out in the argument that the government had made Canada less affordable for Canadians and the second was that the Trudeau government broke its election promise by not bringing the budget into balance this year as promised.

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The Morning Brief - 01.28.19

Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 28, 2019 7:58:06 AM

NATIONAL ISSUES

The House of Commons Resumes Sitting—Question Period—Canada-China Relations, What Happened and the Future

 

House of Commons Resumes Sitting

Between today and when the House is scheduled to rise for the summer recess and the call of a federal election, if that has not happened sooner, there are 69 scheduled sitting days. These are days for the government to have its legislation debated, a debate on the 2019 budget and days set aside for both the Conservative Party and NDP to raise issues in opposition days where the designated party can have its own issues as the subject of debate.

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The Morning Brief - 01.24.19

Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 24, 2019 7:45:57 AM

NATIONAL ISSUES

Canada, China, U.S., Meng Wanzhow—Extradition—Ambassador McCallum

 

Surely the last thing that Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues wanted, with the House of Commons resuming next Monday was to find themselves embroiled in a controversy of their own making; a self-inflicted wound. No doubt the extradition issues surrounding Huawei Chief Financial Officer were discussed at length at the cabinet retreat with Canada’s Ambassador to China in attendance and during last weekend’s caucus retreat.  Ambassador McCallum even appeared as a witness at a closed door meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to provide an update and his views on the present state of relations between Canada and China. 

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The Morning Brief - 01.23.19

Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 23, 2019 8:23:17 AM

NATIONAL ISSUES

Economy—With China, Is there a Path Forward?

 

A few months ago, there were actually answers to this question. Answers ranged from working towards an all singing, all dancing free trade agreement with China as Australia has completed or when that seemed out of reach, then discussions here in Canada turned to sectoral agreements. All the while the federal government would protest about human rights abuses in China that range from arbitrary detention through to executions and work camps or worse for religious minorities.

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John Morris joins New West Public Affairs

Posted by New West Public Affairs on Jan 22, 2019 10:09:58 AM

We have some exciting news to share with you. New West Public Affairs is proud to announce the addition of John Morris as an Associate to our quickly growing team of experienced government relations and public affairs consultants.

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Weekly Roundup #20 - Election Readiness Profile (UCP)

Posted by New West Public Affairs on Jan 21, 2019 12:54:02 PM

Last week, we took a look at the election readiness of Alberta's governing New Democrats. This week, we look at what many consider the heavy favourite to win the upcoming election, Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party.

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The Morning Brief - 01.16.19

Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 16, 2019 7:29:42 AM

NATIONAL ISSUES

Canada-China Relations; A Path Forward?

 

In addition to the issue of whether the government was abandoning its pledge that its most important relationship is with Canada’s Indigenous people as a result of the moves made at Monday’s cabinet shuffle, there was the announcement out of China that Canadian citizen Robert Schellenberg had been sentenced to death for drug smuggling.

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