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John Laforet

Principal, Broadview Strategy Group

John Laforet is the Principal at Broadview Strategy Group, a communications firm with offices in Halifax and Toronto and British Columbia.

His firm works with a wide range of clients on public relations, government relations, marketing and creative design challenges and opportunities.

Prior to founding Broadview, John had worked at Queen’s Park as a political staffer, served a riding association President, managed a not-for-profit advocacy organization and was the Field Manager of a national public opinion research firm. Laforet has delivered guest lectures on citizen participation in government approvals processes at the University of Toronto, on grassroots lobbying and earned media strategies at Guelph-Humber and the impact of community acceptance on government decision-making at McMaster.

Laforet has been active in politics since his early teens and addressed at the Empire Club of Canada when he was 25 years old.
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Stop Promising Short-Lived 'Rebates' And Scrap HST On Hydro

The Ontario Liberals should never have added the provincial portion of the HST to hydro bills in 2010, and a temporary rebate to bring down hydro bills is not the answer. Instead of continuing to manage our electric grid and economy based on the political fortunes of the corrupt Ontario Liberal Party, it is time for the government to get real about doing the right thing for a change.
09/12/2016 06:03 EDT
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Corruption In The Green Energy Sector Costs Ontarians

With NextEra as a major player in Ontario's wind energy business along with Siemens (who has the distinction of paying the largest fine ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and Samsung (with it's own scandals), one has to wonder whether the government knew who they were inviting into the province when they opened the flood gates under the Green Energy Act in 2009.
11/26/2015 01:09 EST
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Ontario's Sex Ed Changes Made the PCs Look Foolish

The provincial government announced it's introducing its proposed sex education changes. As expected opponents pounced, including Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton. He gave Wynne the moment she needed to not only change the channel on her Sudbury scandal, but also to get the upper hand on the curriculum changes. There just aren't enough Ontarians looking to fight over sex education or who want to stand with folks who are actually homophobic or genuinely believe evolution should not be taught if people don't want it taught. They need to clear those last two issues up, very quickly and clearly.
02/25/2015 12:52 EST

The Public Deserves to Know Why Two Missing North Bay Patients Are 'Dangerous'

There has been considerable media coverage regarding two patients who did not return from off unit privileges on January 22, 2015 at the Mental Health and the Law Service of the North Bay Regional Health Centre. The authorities do a disservice to the public by not telling us what 'conflict with the law' makes them dangerous, which creates more danger for the public at large.
02/04/2015 12:53 EST
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Why Your Business Needs Meaningful New Year's Resolutions

What are your business resolutions for the New Year? We often take this time to reflect on our personal lives, but as small business owners it's an excellent opportunity to examine our professional lives as well. Less daunting than a business plan, meaningful resolutions can give your organization a fresh look at its direction and ultimate goals.
12/22/2014 12:32 EST
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Why Ontarians Shouldn't Trust Wynne With Our Retirements

It is laughable that the Ontario Liberals are scolding residents of the province for not putting enough away for their own retirements when the Government has so chronically underfunded it's own defined benefit pension plans that they look more like Ponzi schemes than retirement benefits.
12/11/2014 08:37 EST
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If the Other Candidates Don't Step it Up, We're in For Ford More Years

If Rob Ford's opponents don't step up their game, there is a very real chance Rob Ford will be re-elected Mayor of Toronto in October 2014, providing he continues to meet the requirements to be a candidate for Mayor. Wednesday night's debate hosted by CityTV was an absolute farce. It was not a good night for Torontonians ready for change at City Hall. Very little by way of policy was discussed, and even when it was, there is enough agreement between the Mayor's opponents on key issues that polarizing this election in a manner that favours a challenger will be hard.
03/28/2014 09:07 EDT
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Ontario Needs a Real Economic Plan for 2014

Ontario's economy is ailing and it will take more than massive subsidies to already profitable businesses to rebuild. Small business owners in Ontario don't need to wait for Stats Canada's economic indicator reports to know what is happening in the economy, we feel it every day.
12/27/2013 12:10 EST
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MPs in Glass Houses Shouldn't Stone Trudeau

Between NDP MPs not paying their income taxes and members of the federal Conservative caucus being accused of defrauding taxpayers through false spending claims, neither party has the moral authority to determine whether Justin Trudeau acted inappropriately in being compensated for speeches he was being asked to deliver that were outside his mandate as an MP. At its core the vitriol and stunning rhetoric regarding this issue has little to do with Trudeau's actions and far more to do with the fear of what Justin Trudeau at the helm of the Liberal Party of Canada could do to the government and official opposition.
06/18/2013 05:27 EDT
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Five Tips For Landing the Job You Want

In just a few weeks, the latest batch of millennials will graduate from post-secondary institutions across the country in one of the most challenging job markets young Canadians have ever faced. Below are some tips I offer soon-to-be and recent grads as they enter the workforce.
04/02/2013 08:27 EDT
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The Case For Paid Interns

Unpaid internships are in the news again as a result of a groundbreaking study on precarious employment in Ontario. There are a number of factors that play into the decision to pay an intern (or not), of course. That said, greed is ultimately the common denominator that business leaders share when determining whether to create paid or unpaid internships.
03/07/2013 08:12 EST

Kathleen Wynne For the Ontario Liberal Leadership Win?

As the Ontario Liberal Party prepares to host delegate election meetings across the province this weekend, all signs point to a victory for Kathleen Wynne. She continues to demonstrate the organizational strength and critical levels of support needed to become the Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. Glen Murray chose to drop out of the race and endorse Wynne prior to delegate election meetings where delegates, who will ultimately elect the next leader, will be elected themselves. Assuming his supporters follow him, Wynne's advantage going into this weekend's delegate election meetings is significant.
01/10/2013 05:07 EST
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Forget Magnotta: Three Canadian Newsmakers Worth Remembering

No one can control what events will shape our world in any given time period. But collectively we can choose what stories we allow to shape our memory. That's why murderer Luka Magnotta was the wrong person for the Canadian Press to choose as Canada's 2012 Newsmaker of the Year.
12/24/2012 12:17 EST