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#GrassrootsGlimpse: A snapshot of the new 2022 Ontario MPPs

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Following the 2022 Ontario provincial elections, 36 new Members of Provincial Parliament have been announced. 36 out of 124 Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) will be taking a seat in the Legislative Chamber for the first…

Fall Economic Statement 2022

November 3rd, 2022 This afternoon Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented the 2022 Fall Economic Statement. The Fall Economic Statement foresees the federal deficit at $36.4 billion in 2022-23, down from the…

The Incredible Opportunities, and Challenges, for Canadian Agriculture

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Recently I attended the summer meetings for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Flying there and back, I looked out my plane’s window to see an endless patchwork of farm fields below. It’s an amazing…

Ontario's Legislative Preview

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Late July is likely the most popular time for taking family holidays and time off, including those who work in government. Yet this summer, much like the preceding two, things continue to be far from “normal” in terms of what is likely…

First Impressions of Advocacy Networking

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Associate Consultant at Grassroots Public Affairs Reem Wahab shares her take on networking in the advocacy world as a newcomer. Attending events for the first time in the advocacy world can be quite daunting. Depending on the event,…

Ontario’s 2022 Election is in the Books – What Happened and What to Look For Next

The Results The pollsters got this election right – a Ford majority seemed increasingly popular as the election campaign progressed and when the dust settled the PC Party ended up with a massive 83 seat super majority. It was a fantastic…

Defining Agriculture’s Centre of Gravity: A Look at the Gaps in Enthusiasm Among Older and Younger Canadians

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A piece written by polling & opinion research consultant, Adrian Macaulay. Over the years, polling and opinion research has enabled our firm to acquire a better understanding of how Canadians understand and perceive the country’s…

Lobbying the Federal Government - What Exactly Are the Rules?

Even for seasoned veteran lobbyists, reviewing the rules around lobbying federal officials is a good idea from time-to-time. Basically, if you are what’s called a consultant lobbyist (hired by an organization) you must register within 10…

2022 Ontario Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Build

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Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy rose in the Ontario legislature yesterday afternoon and tabled the Ford government’s long awaited provincial budget. A month later than usual, the budget nicely coincides with the imminent writ…

Back to "Normal"

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An opinion piece written by Ray Pons. There’s something about the human spirit that becomes evident in the most challenging yet uplifting circumstances. BMO field, Toronto, Sunday, March 27, 2022, 4.00pm EDT, saw Canada’s men’s…