Ontario's 2013 Budget contains few surprises, but will it be enough for NDP support?
Counsel is pleased to announce that Patrick Harris will be joining the firm as an Executive Consultant effective April 8th, 2013.
Patrick will work with Counsel’s clients at all three levels of government. Read the full announcement
Kathleen Wynne will be sworn in this afternoon as the 25th Premier of Ontario.
Her new cabinet will represent a significantly new face for government in the province Read our full analysis.
Kathleen Wynne's successful campaign for the Ontario Liberal Leadership has led to another big win, involving our own Taylor Scollon.
Taylor, Digital Strategist with Counsel + engage, our digital arm, was a key player in Wynne's digital and online campaign. Read more.
At 8:45PM, after three rounds of voting, Kathleen Wynne was elected as the 31st leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and, once she is sworn in, the 25th Premier of Ontario.
This was a historic occasion: Wynne will be not only the first female Premier in Ontario’s history, but the first openly gay Premier in Canada. Read our full analysis.
Premier McGuinty's resignation and what it means for Ontario's political landscape.
After 16 years as Liberal Party Leader and nine years as Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty shocked everyone at Queen’s Park by announcing his resignation late yesterday. Read our full analysis.
Counsel analyzes Ontario's By-Elections.
After provincial by-elections, the status quo holds at Queen’s Park as Liberals retain Vaughan and the NDP take Kitchener-Waterloo. Read our full analysis.
Counsel examines Quebec's provincial election
In yesterday’s Québec election, the sovereignist Parti Quebecois defeated the incumbent Liberals but failed to win a majority. The PQ won 54 seats to the Liberals 50, and came in only 0.7 points ahead in the popular vote (31.9% vs. 31.2%). The new Coalition Avenir Québec finished a very strong third at 19 seats and 27.1% of the vote. Read our full analysis.
Charles Beer Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
It is with great pleasure that Counsel congratulates Charles Beer on receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented to him on June 28th. This distinguished honour highlights Charles’ lasting achievements over a more than 35-year career dedicated to public service. Download PDF here
Three new players. One great team.
Counsel Public Affairs is thrilled to announce the addition of three new members to our team. Download the pdf to view the full announcement. Download PDF here
The 2012 Drummond Report
On February 15, 2012 the Report of the Commission on the Reform of Public Services, prepared by economist Don Drummond and his colleagues, was released. The Report contained a variety of recommendations aimed at cutting costs and promoting efficiency. This document provides our analysis of the key themes in the report and the emerging issues. Download PDF here
The 2011 McGuinty Cabinet: Experience, Experience and Experience
On October 20th Premier McGuinty unveiled his new-look, streamlined Cabinet. In this document we assess the composition of the new Cabinet and discuss the implications this will have on the most important policy areas. Download PDF here
The 2011 Ontario Election: The Liberal Minority and What It Means For You
In this document we review the 2011 Ontario election results, assess the priorities of the new government and provide initial observations on how stakeholders can successfully engage with the new Liberal minority government. Download PDF here
A Review of the Leaders’ Debate and Campaign to Date
The 2011 Ontario election is fast approaching: we are three-quarters of the way through the campaign, we have had the Leaders’ Debate and we are only 8 days away from what is shaping up to be the closest Ontario election in decades. This document reviews the Leaders’ Debate of September 27th, evaluates polling trends over recent weeks, reviews the highlights of the campaign to date and provides an idea of what to watch for in the remaining days of this election campaign. Download PDF here