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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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    The Morning Brief - 01.15.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 15, 2019 7:59:38 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Federal Cabinet Shuffle—China, What’s next?

     

    Federal Cabinet Shuffle

    Planning a cabinet shuffle, even a relatively minor one, like the one that took place yesterday, takes time, patience and resolve so that nothing will go wrong, nothing will go off the rails. There will be no other federal government announcements on that day, or perhaps just minor ones, but nothing is planned that will stomp all over the government’s good new story of a new, revitalized cabinet, or whatever the background story about the shuffle may be.

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    Weekly Roundup #19

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Jan 11, 2019 3:07:48 PM

    Take a deep breath. We are in the final stretch before an imminent spring election, and in today’s first installment reviewing the preparedness of Alberta’s political parties we’ll be doing a deep dive on the NDP.

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    Topics: WeeklyRoundup

    Sarah Painchaud joins New West Public Affairs

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Dec 20, 2018 10:42:35 AM

    New West Public Affairs is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Painchaud to our team of skilled government relations and public affairs consultants.

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    Weekly Roundup #18

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Dec 19, 2018 4:01:28 PM

    As the holiday season approaches, the entire team at New West Public Affairs would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

    This week's Roundup contains a deep dive into some of the Orders in Council passed by Alberta's cabinet in the past few weeks, as well as some other news to note, including a poll that shows significant support for Alberta's energy products in Quebec, despite its premier and the Prime Minister throwing cold water on the idea of resurrecting the Energy East pipeline project.

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    The Morning Brief - 12.17.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Dec 17, 2018 8:18:28 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Canada, China and the United States; An opportunity to Rethink Canada’s Approach to China


    Canada, China and the United States

    There is an argument being raised that Canada is slowly, through its actions or its government’s tendency to preachiness, finding itself more and more isolated in the world or at least among those western countries that Canada should be able to count on for support. This was the thrust of a column over the weekend in the National Post by Rob Gilles and Paul Wiseman.

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    The Morning Brief - 12.12.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Dec 12, 2018 8:22:48 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Parliamentary Budget Office’s Report on the Government’s Fall Economic Statement—IMF Concerns about Pending Global Recession


    PBO’s Report on the Federal Fall Economic Statement

    For months now the Conservative Party has been unwavering in question period pursuing the Trudeau Liberals on the subject of not only running deficits for longer than they promised in their 2015 platform, but the deficits they have announced are virtually double what was promised in the election campaign. Every now and then economic data or some economists publish papers addressing the need to balance the budget, especially in good economic times. But for the most part, the party has been a voice crying in the political wilderness on this subject.

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    The Morning Brief - 12.11.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Dec 11, 2018 8:29:30 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Bank of Canada Governor Poloz’s Year End Speech—First Ministers Meetings; A Worthwhile Exercise?


    Governor Poloz’s Year End Speech

    When the Bank of Canada decided it no longer wanted to set out what it might do with interest rates through forward guidance, it substituted speeches by senior members of the Bank delivered the day after the rate decision with the view that these speeches would help illuminate a path forward or at least set out the Bank’s view of the short term future of the Canadian economy. Last Thursday, Governor Poloz combined his year-end speech with the one he would deliver after an interest rate announcement.

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    Weekly Roundup #17

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Dec 10, 2018 10:13:42 AM

    Last week brought the end of what very well could be the last sitting of the 29th Legislature.

    The fall sitting of the Legislature went out with a whimper on Thursday, with pipelines, oil differential and much hullaballoo and fallout from the first ministers’ meeting in Montreal taking attention away from the final week of session. Interprovincial tensions continue to rise thanks to the flippant comments of Quebec Premier François Legault that “there is no social acceptability for a pipeline that would pass through Quebec territory”.

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