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On Thursday, April 13, 2017 the Liberal government introduced a bill that will legalize cannabis across Canada, effective no later than July 2018. The Ministers of Justice, Health, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Public Revenue were joined by Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair in announcing the landmark legislation. Read More
Carlos J. Leitão, Minister of Finance for Québec, tabled in the National Assembly his fourth budget, which he himself labeled as a budget of hope. It is, in fact, Mr. Leitão’s third consecutive balanced budget. The 2017 Québec Economic Plan tabled reflects the surpluses announced in late 2016 and will bring economic vitality, a contrast to the austerity measures that have characterized the current government of Philippe Couillard. Read More
President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, recently attended his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee – the influential committee with broad jurisdiction over matters related to trade agreements, taxes, tariffs and import quotas, transportation of dutiable goods, as well as ports of entry and delivery. Read More
In light of lower than expected domestic economic growth and brewing international uncertainty, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s second budget is best described as Phase Two. If Budget 2016 laid out a bold vision for Canada and the middle-class, then Budget 2017 is its worker-bee cousin. Read More
In the lead-up to the federal budget on March 22, 2017 we thought it timely to share results from recent research we conducted with Canadians. There are a few critical tensions we want to highlight: First, the hollowing out of support for the ruling Trudeau Government (and we use the characterization “Trudeau Government” purposefully). Second, the central vision that Canadians have for this federal budget. And third, a snapshot into what that much-used term – “innovation” – means to Canadians. Read More
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns the great leader to “beware the Ides of March” – March 15th in the Roman calendar. It was wise counsel that Caesar ignored to his grave detriment, and which Canadians cannot without risking a similar fate. Read More
We saw the power of fake news during the recent U.S. presidential election, where untruthful stories, deliberately created and amplified on social media platforms like Facebook, may have influenced people’s views and ultimately the election’s outcome. Since then, Facebook has been taking steps to limit fake news. These measures are welcome first steps from Facebook. But, they have important shortcomings. Read More
There has recently been a great deal of debate about whether any NAFTA renegotiations will be conducted bilaterally (Canada and the U.S. one-on-one) or trilaterally (Canada, the United States and Mexico together). In reality, it can only be both. For Canadian businesses, understanding how the renegotiations could take place is critical to determining how best to position themselves. Read More
Sometimes you have to get meta. Undertaking research on thought leadership, with thought leaders, to have an end product which is in and of itself thought leadership is pretty fun conceptual gymnastics. That’s what we did at H+K in partnership with the Economist Group. Read More
Thomas Jefferson once said, “No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.” Today, however, the fourth estate is under threat like never before. Authoritarian leaders worldwide have declared war on the free press. According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), 2016 saw 259 journalists jailed and 28 killed on the job worldwide. Read More
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word ‘tweak’ can mean “make fine adjustments” or, more ominously, “pinch and twist sharply; pull with a sharp jerk.” It remains to be seen which of these definitions President Trump had in mind when he committed to “tweaking” the bilateral trade relationship that the United States enjoys with Canada. Read More