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Year: 2012

  • Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Debate #2

    December 14, 2012

    The second debate for the OLP race was held on Sunday at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Given the location of the event, it is no surprise that the candidates concentrated on northern concerns that directly affect those who were present. The idea of a regional government for Northern Ontario was addressed, as was the Ring of Fire and its impact on the aboriginals living in the area. Last Thursday the candidates responded to a...

  • Ontario Liberty Party Leadership Debate #1

    December 13, 2012

    The event held on Saturday December 1st at Ingersoll’s Fusion Youth Centre was the first of five debates and focused on rural issues. Post-deliberation, Gerard Kennedy pulled ahead of the pack with 16 percent support. Sandra Pupatello and Kathleen Wynne followed a close second and third, respectively. Forum Research data suggests that the race has revitalized the Liberal Party, whose support has increased seven percent in the last month. Those interested in standing as delegates...

  • Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Update

    November 27, 2012

    Numbers have tripled for the Ontario Liberal Party with membership increasing from 15,000 to 45,000 since the beginning of the race. Registration indicates that Kathleen Wynne may now be heading the group of candidates, since registering 8,000 forms (3,000 more than anyone else). Social media will be a major source of information throughout the campaign with candidates engaging on multiple channels. Click here to read the full report and to see a list of Twitter Handles...

  • Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Candidates

    November 20, 2012

    A number of former education ministers have stepped up for candidacy, and though they remain mutually determined to repair the rapport between government and educational councils, their methods vary significantly. This is not the only area of divergence; candidates are also torn on the reinstatement of the Legislature. Clear divides are materializing while public announcements of individual support are slowly emerging. Click here to read the full report and see which alliances have developed so far...

  • The Biggest Election Winner? Big Data

    November 16, 2012

    As a global agency, Fleishman-Hillard’s clients benefit immeasurably from the insights, knowledge and experiences its staff can draw on and share with one another to deliver industry-leading services. I am often inspired by the work being done around the world by fellow FHers and energized by the agency’s innate ability to gather the industry’s brightest minds and greatest strategists for intelligent commentary on relevant events. While the dust settles on the U.S. presidential election, lessons...

  • Ontario Liberal Party Campaigns

    November 13, 2012

    Team recruitment and campaign development are in full swing in the Liberal Party race. Various bids have been made for leadership and each candidate is working to get his/her team prepared for action. Given that Cabinet resignation is a requirement for entry, remaining Cabinet members have had to take on additional responsibility, filling the positions left vacant by those who have placed their bids. The Opposition parties have likewise geared up for the upcoming proceedings...

  • Ontario Liberal Party Leadership

    November 7, 2012

    Given the recent renunciations by current OLP members to run for Liberal leader, the elected Premier will have the task of promoting a number of new Cabinet members. Delegates will be selected the weekend of January 12, giving little time for candidate-delegate conversations before the January 25-27 electoral convention. Considering the nature of a delegated convention, the outcome is expected to be relatively unpredictable regardless of how definite the initial outlook may seem. Click here to...

  • The Changing Face of Online Media

    October 31, 2012

    They say old habits die hard. Not so, apparently, when it comes to consuming news. Who picks up an actual newspaper dropped outside their front door every morning? Who watches the 6 p.m. news anymore? Most of us are online at work, every day, and can check news sites anytime. Even those not online at work have access to online news sites through their smartphones. Earlier this month, the Pew Research Centre’s biennial report on...

  • Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Update

    October 30, 2012

    The anticipation for the Liberal election has come full circle. Plans have been implemented for the new Premier to be inaugurated at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre (part of Maple Leaf Garden’s), where Premier McGuinty was appointed in 1996. The convention will take place from January 25-27, 2013 and will likely include some relatively unfamiliar candidates. In hopes of propagating a spring election, the opposition remains stridently critical of the prorogation of the Legislature. If...

  • Ontario Liberal Leadership Race

    October 29, 2012

    On Monday October 21, the Executive Council of the Ontario Liberal Party ensued logistical discussions surrounding the succession of Premier Dalton McGuinty. Members decided on a requisite deposit of $50,000 per candidate and a $500,000 restriction on their campaigns. Due to the time-bound urgency of this election, the selection of candidates will inevitably be narrowed to include those whose reputations have already been established and who can garner the support of 250 current Ontario Liberal...