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Lobbyists eye ‘high stakes’ throne speech as opportunity for client interests in Liberal reset

‘Quality versus quantity makes the most sense’ in a constrained period with a lot of moving parts, including a new Conservative leader who should be part of an ‘everyone matters’ advocacy approach, says Jacquie LaRoque.
With 2,002 recorded communications, June saw a dip in lobbying compared to each of the four previous months of 2020, but it was busier than the last sitting month in 2019.
In May organizations logged 1,998 lobbying reports, with economic development, health, and industry among the most discussed matters.
The government says it’s developing a new portal in ‘record time’ to help fund arts, culture, and sport organizations, while opposition MPs say a plan for the sector has been too slow.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
The agreements signed are just documents involving an exchange of ambassadors, trade deals, and the like.
Unfortunately, in Canada as elsewhere, the state of electronic health records varies widely. Electronic records are heavily skewed towards those who are sick, and therefore lack the necessary coverage of all residents.
Perhaps the time is ripe to rethink justice resourcing for the longer term, channelling some coffers away from retributive instruments and into programs seeking to change social relations.
After three decades, we believe that it is now time that the federal government modernize its central bank mandate by dropping its IT fa?ade and follow the route of the U.S. Fed in committing itself to a dual mandate.
News|By Palak Mangat
Bloc Québécois Leader tested positive for the virus and is in isolation until Sept. 26, which means he will be missing the Throne Speech.
Plus, Canada Revenue Agency underestimated the number of accounts that had been compromised by recent cyberattacks.
News|By Palak Mangat
'We know this generation will be paying the debt that's incurred in the pandemic for a long time, so Canada needs to look at things we’ve been calling for for a long time now,' says Lisa Wolff of UNICEF.
Plus, the ethics commissioner says several officials can't engage in official dealings with David MacNaughton.
Opinion|By Kevin Page
There are some potential game changers for outcomes—a vaccine; and a resurgence in international leadership and cooperation and we need a Canadian economic recovery plan that will boost confidence in the future.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Despite their election of a francophone member in Moncton East, the PCs clearly have a lot of work to do to become competitive in francophone majority constituencies.
Across the country, and the world, institutions are stepping up with a shared purpose. This concentrated effort will make a difference, playing a significant role in overcoming the pandemic.
Opinion|By Ken Coates
The path forward for Canada’s universities is troubling, complex, and uncertain.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The adverse attention on prominent women like Payette will do nothing to encourage future female leaders to venture into public life. If so, we will all be the poorer for it.
Opinion|By Shelly Johnson
The relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadian post-secondary institutions remains wary, despite Canada’s apologies and financial settlements for its Indian Residential School or Sixties Scoop projects.
Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, as Parliament readies to return, new Conservative Whip Blake Richards recently likened the remote voting system being considered by the House of Commons to swiping on Tinder.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Conservative standard bearer has continued his party’s policy of demonizing Justin Trudeau, never missing a chance to depict the prime minister as a preening celebrity.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The requirements of political success haven’t changed so drastically that unelectability and disqualifying behaviour have been completely redefined. But these aren’t normal times.
News|By Palak Mangat
Given 'all the different hints' of an early election call, Burlington Conservative riding association head Ross Noble says his team is looking to expand its fundraising efforts, with different formats and larger groups.
'I feel like I’m fighting all the time,' says Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, who isn’t sure whether she’ll run for office again.
Opinion|By Carl James
Despite the growing racial diversity of today’s student population and universities’ claims of being inclusive, the whiteness and the colonial structure of the system remains.
Recent Statistics Canada findings indicate socio-economic factors alone can't account for the disparities in educational outcomes between Black Canadians and the rest of the population.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Since the Kielburgers announced their decision to shutter WE Charity's Canadian operations, a game of blame and brand protection has broken out.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Allowing Erik Myggland to continue serving, despite knowledge of his abhorrent beliefs, only illustrates how far the Canadian Armed Forces still have to go to address racism in its ranks.
The U.S. 'is not a safe country for refugees,’ says a woman who Canada turned away because she entered the U.S. first. Her case helped convince a Federal Court judge the SCTA should end, a ruling the feds are appealing.
Research leads to discoveries; discoveries lead to new products and services; and new products create jobs and protect the health of Canadians.

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