Quebec’s Opposition moves towards more business support
As referenced in Corridors, my e-newsletter for Government relations, I have spent the weekend in Laval, Quebec observing the bi-annual Action democratique du Quebec‘s (ADQ) Congress. For those not aware of Quebec politics, the ADQ is the Official Opposition in Quebec’s National Assembly. A great opportunity to connect with various members of the caucus, including Mario Dumont the leader, a number of important policy initiatives were undertaken.
The weekend’s theme centred around a number of issues important to businesses who may have an interest in following government policy as it concerns government financing of large scale projects. A considerable turn from the past, the ADQ seems to be taking steps towards a more direct interest in partnering with big business. While the full context of the issues is yet to be placed online, a summary is available. Notably, the ADQ is now engaging itself towards supporting large scale investments in the Caisse de Depot that will work with investors looking to build up Quebec businesses. Substantial calls for more tax credits for large scale business start ups was also the call of the weekend. Finally, immigration reform to the tune of facilitating immigrant integration was also taken up.
What does this mean for those interested in lobbying? With a minority government in Quebec lead by the Charest Liberals prone towards supporting government help for business and now a receptive Official Opposition, corporations and business associations with particular projects desired to be pushed forward, now is the time to start a government relations campaign.
Mark Buzan is the owner of Action Strategies, a public affairs & government relations consultancy. He brings a number of years of understanding of working with various government agencies and policy makers. You can subscribe now to his monthly public affairs newsletter by visiting the newsletter section of his website.