#GrassrootsGlimpse: A snapshot of the new 2022 Ontario MPPs

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…

Lobbying Commissioner of Canada Brings Forward New Guidelines – Mixed Reviews by MPs and Lobbyists.

Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner, Nancy Belanger, proposed amendments to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct this past November which received an array of mixed reactions from MPs and lobbyists alike. Renewing the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct…

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…

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…

Prime Minister Trudeau unveils his new cabinet

Associate Senior Consultant Chris Gray highlights key changes made by the Prime Minister to his Cabinet for the next parliamentary session.
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Biden wins the White House – what does it mean for Canada?

With the January 20th inauguration date on the horizon, Grassroots connected with two key business influencers in Ottawa to get their perspectives on what Canada’s business environment could look like moving forward, with a Democrat back in the White House.
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Trudeau lays out government’s plan with Throne Speech

Yesterday, the government laid out its plan to get Canada back on track and move forward from COVID-19. With the Governor General reading the Speech from the Throne, Parliament has now officially reconvened and will begin to sit regularly (using a hybrid model of in-person and virtual sittings) with House of Commons Committees resuming after Thanksgiving.
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Erin O’Toole wins CPC leadership race

Peter Seemann reflects on the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership results, commenting on the challenges ahead for new leader Erin O'Toole.

Prime Minister Trudeau hits the pause button on government business

Chris Gray addresses today's decision by Prime Minister Trudeau to prorogue parliament and what to expect from parliamentarians moving forward.
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What's the latest in Ottawa as we head into summer?

As provinces start to re-open and allow larger gatherings and businesses to resume operations, and Canada’s COVID-19 numbers continue to improve, we are hopeful that parliamentary meetings will also resume in a normal fashion come this fall.

The view from Ottawa: federal response to COVID-19

Chris Gray explores the impact of the COVID-19 virus on federal aid programmes, the advocacy landscape, and upcoming legislative activity.