Recently, the need to expand our location has occurred. For those wishing to reach us, the phone number and email remains the same however, our new address is:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
- "My members are in the field and don't have access to computers or internet"
- "My members (usually in the medical field) are too busy to be on social networking sites (they might only be on at night for personal reasons)."
- "Social media is for another demographic than mine"
Monday, October 18, 2010
John Duncan has moved in Minister for Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Here's my take on how these changes will effect the direction of government:
1. Jay Hill, now seeking to move out of politics, was known and respected as conciliator. This is not to say that John Baird is not but I expect that with his reputation of taking no prisoners, the government may become bolder in pushing forth its agenda. For associations and non-profits looking to push forth their agenda, it will be critical for them to look at means of how their issues fit into the overall objectives and political direction of the government. This will be all the more critical as the government will have to contend with reducing the deficit initiatives and political pressure to keep up stimulus spending.
2. I don't expect Chuck Strahl's movement to Transport and John Duncan's movement to Indian Affairs should affect any serious direction in policy changes. that said, this is an important change for this department and retooling one's connections will be critical to advance policy in this department. In the case of the latter department, I can state from my own experience on parliament hill that John Duncan will likely add an important voice and perspective on aboriginal issues from a British Columbia perspective. As an opposition MP, John was very vocal on aboriginal fishing disputes.
3. Jean-Pierre Blackburn's move to Veteran's Affairs means that this department will have its first Quebec minister in a very long time. He has already identified his desire to build more awareness for veteran's issues in Quebec as a personal priority. Also, with Canada's mission to Afghanistan coming to an end soon, the issue of proper compensation for veterans means he will likely be a minister to watch. The departure of his Chief of Staff (and friend of mine), Michel Lalonde, also leads to a change in the style of operating as well in his office.
Premier Jean Charest has named the yet-to-be elected Jean-Marc Fournier (now elected from a bi-election this fall) as minister of justice during a cabinet shuffle. Among the newly appointed ministers: Kathleen Weil takes over immigration, Lise Thériault is named minister of labour and Sam Hamad becomes transport minister.
Despite claims to the opposite, the shuffle was a quite deliberate attempt at deflecting attention away from current troubles the Premier is facing in claims the province's judiciary is named under partisan circumstances. With different polls indicating various levels of support for the PLQ, I foresee the Quebec Liberals undertaking more initiatives in the field of democratic transparency as a priority as they will likely attempt to reclaim popular support.
So...what do you think? Where do you see government policy going in the coming months both federally an in Quebec? What impact (if any) will developments in Quebec have on federal policy or on policy in other provinces?
Tuesday, October 05, 2010