Federal Budget 2017

by H+K Canada

March 24, 2017

Federal Budget 2017

Overview 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. Short on new spending commitments or grand gestures, Budget … Read more

Political Communications Strategist Luke Marchant Joins H+K

Hill+Knowlton Strategies today announced Luke Marchant, sought-after political campaign operative and award-winning public affairs expert, has joined the firm’s Dallas public affairs practice as a vice president. “With the ongoing changes in the public affairs arena, it is more important than ever to communicate and mobilize effectively through a digital platform,” said Marvin Singleton, executive … Read more

Value of Integrated PR Rises as Trust in Media Erodes

A new Gallup Poll released this week shows Americans’ trust in mass media (print, TV, radio) has fallen to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. Gallup began asking this question in 1972 and, while trust in the media has declined for more than a decade, the election coverage is clearly having a major impact on … Read more

Québec Budget 2017-2018 – Overview

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 … Read more

Twitter holdouts – 140 characters not enough for some politicians

Geoff Owen spoke to the Toronto Star about our recent infographic that outlined the top 20 most followed Twitter handles amongst Ontario’s MPP. Here is a copy of that article featuring Geoff’s thoughts about the key communications role that Twitter plays in the #ONpoli arena.This article was originally published on TheStar.com on December 23, 2013. Twitter holdouts: … Read more

Canada’s unexpected media moments – 2013

As the end of the year rapidly approaches us, the H+K team has once again reflected and nominated the top newsmakers, campaigns and events to take Canada’s media landscape by storm in 2013. Scandal, resolve, triumph and tragedy all made headlines across Canada this year and there was no shortage of options to fill out … Read more

Lessons learned from the political life

Our chief operating office Tonie Chaltas was recently invited to speak at a Women in Politics event. She talked about her communications journey in the political arena and some key learnings she has taken away from her experiences. Here are some highlights from Tonie’s speech. Over the years, I’ve worked and volunteered for politicians and … Read more

Infographic – Who are the most influential Québec national assembly members on Twitter?

As a communications tool, Twitter plays a large role in the Québec political environment. Many MNAs use Twitter to share information, connect with followers and interact with their communities. Hill+Knowlton has taken a look at activity levels on Twitter and ranked the 20 most influential members of the Québec national assembly on the platform.

Infographic – Who do Ontario’s MPPs follow on Twitter?

Politicians are increasingly turning to Twitter as a way to share information and engage with their communities and stakeholders. After taking a look at who our federal MPs collectively follow on Twitter, we decided to do the same at the provincial level—especially since more than 95 per cent of Ontario’s Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) … Read more

Justin Trudeau – You, sir, are no Jack Layton

So apparently Justin Trudeau fancies himself the next Jack Layton. On Monday night he told a crowd of supporters “make no mistake, the NDP is no longer the hopeful, optimistic party of Jack Layton… it is the Liberal party tonight that proved hope is stronger than fear, that positive politics can and should win out … Read more