It’s Time to Think About the 2018-2019 Federal Budget

You may want to start drafting your wish list for the 2018–2019 federal budget because the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched its pre-budget consultation process ten days ago. This year, Members of Parliament want to hear about ways to increase the productivity and the competitiveness of the Canadian economy. Read more

Municipal Elections: Join the Conversation Now!

Although the municipal election campaign officially begins only at the end of September, political organizations are already at work drafting programs, issuing platforms, training candidates and building networks of contacts. This is when candidates and parties form their opinions on the issues that may become campaign themes. Read more

Proposed cannabis legislation: Plenty of work in store for Quebec

On April 13, the federal government tabled the highly-anticipated and historic bill to legalize cannabis. Given the legislative process and inter-government negotiations in the offing, it’s hardly surprising that the bill leaves so much to be determined, such as permissible concentrations, the federal excise tax percentage, prices, and what information can and must be provided to consumers.

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Government Relations and the Budget Lock-up: the Art of Voluntary Confinement

Every spring, hundreds of Canadian reporters and influencers go on a pilgrimage to capital cities for budget day. They hit the road at dawn and drive for hours to spend the day locked in a windowless room, without phone nor Internet access, to get a sneak preview of government finances. Sounds like a nightmare? Think again. In Quebec City as in Ottawa, it is THE day of the year. Octane Strategies’ team is a regular participant to this weirdly exciting event. Read more

Karine Fortin joins Octane Strategies in Ottawa

Octane Strategies is proud to announce that Karine Fortin has recently joined its team as Senior Advisor in the Ottawa office, offering its clients detailed knowledge of the federal political apparatus and its influencers, as well as a valuable expertise in complex issues management and in strategic communications. Read more