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    The Morning Brief - 11.28.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Nov 29, 2018 7:53:57 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Issues Management—Storm Clouds Continue to Gather: Alberta Oil Patch Update; GM Oshawa Plant Closure, What to do?

     

    Issues Management

    It has been written in this space numerous times over the past few years that most governments can deal with one crisis quite effectively and perhaps even two simultaneously if one is major and the other not so much, but put a third major crisis on the table and government, regardless of how competent, has difficulty coping. It’s more complicated than Whack-a-Mole, but not by much.

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    The Morning Brief - 11.27.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Nov 27, 2018 11:02:05 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—GM Plant Closure in Oshawa and the Crisis in the Alberta Oil Patch: Storm Clouds Gathering around Sunny Ways

     

    GM Closure in Oshawa and the Alberta Oil Patch

    The sunny ways of unicorns and balloons set out in the fall economic update of last Wednesday have given way quickly to the reality of cold, dreary and rainy November days as two economic issues converge to hopefully bring a strong dose of reality to the Trudeau government.

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    The Morning Brief - 11.26.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Nov 26, 2018 7:09:42 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—GM Plant Closure in Oshawa—USMCA, Tariffs—Situation in Alberta as Premier Notley Heads to Ottawa and Toronto this Week


    GM Plant Closure in Oshawa

    Late yesterday news started to leak out that the GM plant in Oshawa would be closing next year as part of GM’s worldwide restructuring which will emphasize electric and autonomous vehicles. From what is known now, the plant will close in December 2019. 

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    Weekly Roundup #15

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Nov 23, 2018 4:34:34 PM

    Here’s the news you don’t want to miss from the past week in Alberta politics.

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    The Morning Brief - 11.22.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Nov 22, 2018 9:38:43 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—The Trudeau Government’s Fall Economic Update

     

    Federal Fall Economic Update

    If one was to review yesterday’s delivery of the government’s fall economic update by Finance Minister Morneau, perhaps one could look at it from the perspective of an early visit from the fiscal Santa Claus. In this visit Santa has made a choice between two presents that most of the children want. The choice is between using yet another economic windfall to reduce the deficit or using it to bring Canada’s corporate tax policy more in line with what that bad elf Donald has been doing down south.

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    The Morning Brief - 11.21.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Nov 21, 2018 7:42:08 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—USMCA, Signing and Aluminum and Steel Tariffs—Finance Minister Morneau’s Fall Economic Update

    USMCA, Signing and Tariffs

    In the last two days neither the Conservatives nor the NDP have dealt with the signing of this trade treaty or the removal of the U.S. tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum in QP. Instead the question of when the budget might be balanced and issues around climate change, CRA and Francophone rights in Ontario have dominated.

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    The Morning Brief - 11.20.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Nov 20, 2018 7:24:29 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Dealing with the Fallout of the Price Differential in Canada’s Oil Patch

    Canada’s Oil Patch: Recent Developments

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    The Morning Brief - 11.19.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Nov 19, 2018 11:12:54 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Monthly Survey of Manufacturing—Housing Starts and Sales in October—The Continuing Crisis in Canada’s Oil Patch

    Monthly Survey of Manufacturing

    As Finance Minister Morneau searches for data to support the claim that he will advance on Wednesday that the Canadian economy is doing well, he can look at last week’s Manufacturing Survey to find some measure of support. It was reported that manufacturing sales increased by 0.2% in September, not reaching Reuters predicted increase of 0.3%, but at least showing sales of $58.5 billion.

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    Weekly Roundup #14

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Nov 16, 2018 11:01:13 AM

    This week’s Roundup contains a recap of Orders in Council passed in the past few weeks, a look at the multitude of GoA announcements from break week, and a look ahead to committee meetings when Session resumes on Monday.

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    Weekly Roundup #13

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Nov 13, 2018 2:09:39 PM

    The Legislature is on a break this week with MLAs heading back to their constituencies. We're taking this opportunity to provide you all with a recap of a particularly eventful week in the provincial capital, both in terms of new legislation as well as bizarre MLA antics.

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