John Laforet
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, 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 had the opportunity to deliver an address at the Empire Club of Canada at just 25 years of age.

Entries by John Laforet

Ontario's Sex Ed Changes Made the PCs Look Foolish

(28) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Love them or hate them, the Ontario Liberals have learned a lot about getting themselves out of trouble. They've shown it this week with how they've used their sex ed curriculum to change the channel so dramatically.

Just as the Sudbury by-election dealings were beginning to make it look...

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

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:43 PM

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 first media release from the North Bay Police on January 23,...

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Why Your Business Needs Meaningful New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:32 PM

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...

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Why Ontarians Shouldn't Trust Wynne With Our Retirements

(38) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 8:37 AM

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.

Ontario has...

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Having $200 Shouldn't Qualify You to Run for Mayor of Toronto

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 10:49 PM

When Torontonians go to the polls and something like 95 per cent vote for either Tory, Ford (Doug) or Chow, they will need to wade through 62 names of other candidates who simply cannot win the office they are seeking.

There are 358 candidates for Toronto's 44 city council...

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Do Ontario Liberals Want to Ban Solutions to Healthcare Challenges?

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Do you think anyone would disagree to finding savings in the healthcare system that wouldn't affect patient care, that would increase employment, reduce taxpayer burden, and help increase pharmaceutical self-sufficiency? It turns out the Ontario Liberals don't think that is a good idea. It is time to talk seriously about...

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If the Other Candidates Don't Step it Up, We're in For Ford More Years

(9) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 10:09 AM

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.

Last night's debate hosted by CityTV was an absolute farce....

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Ontario Needs a Real Economic Plan for 2014

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Ontario's economy is ailing and it will take more than massive subsidies to already profitable businesses to rebuild.

Handing hundreds of millions (Cisco) or billions of dollars (Samsung) to private, profitable global businesses is not an economic development strategy. It is a financially...

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MPs in Glass Houses Shouldn't Stone Trudeau

(77) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 5:22 PM

It isn't news that Justin Trudeau created a secondary income for himself as a professional speaker. He told us all about that while running for the Liberal leadership. It isn't news who his clients were. He shared that, too.

MPs from all stripes would be wise to...

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Five Tips For Landing the Job You Want

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 9:27 AM

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.

As of January 2013, Canada's youth unemployment rate is 13.5 per cent and that means greater...

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The Case For Paid Interns

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 7:18 AM

Unpaid internships are in the news again as a result of a groundbreaking study on precarious employment in Ontario. Findings show approximately 50 per cent of GTA and Hamilton workers have unstable or precarious employment. This does not bode well for younger Ontarians, whose generation faces...

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Kathleen Wynne For the Ontario Liberal Leadership Win?

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 2:02 PM

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.

Delegated conventions...

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Forget Magnotta: Three Canadian Newsmakers Worth Remembering

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 12:51 PM

The idea that accused murderer Luka Magnotta would be selected as Canada's Newsmaker of the Year paints a bleak picture about how the Canadian Press saw our country in 2012.

The sensationalizing of the details of grisly crimes, whether mass shootings in the U.S. or bizarre cases like...

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With "Pay Before Pump" Law, This Man Would Be Alive

(19) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 10:34 AM

It is unthinkable anyone would lose their life over $112 bucks of gasoline. The dragging death of gas station attendant Jayesh Prajapati after he was run over by a driver fleeing the station without paying is another tragic reminder of how senseless and avoidable some crimes...

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Don't Let the Hotheads Prevail In Quebec

(25) Comments | Posted September 2, 2012 | 8:01 PM

Say what you will about Jean Charest. All Canadians who value national unity owe him a debt of gratitude for nine years of relative quiet on the separation front. What could unfold in la belle province post-Charest, poses a threat to Canada as we know it. With public opinion polls...

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Don't Bring a Gun to a Wind Energy Debate

(29) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 1:30 PM

I was saddened to read that Jeff Damen, a father of two and employee of a wind developer in rural Ontario, reported receiving a death threat while conducting field work on a project site in West Grey.

According to the CBC, Damen had "a shotgun pulled on...

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Let's try that Ontario Election Again, Shall We?

(33) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 5:45 PM

If there was ever a time to have an election it is right now, before the proposed provincial budget for 2012 passes the legislature. Ontario's last election was light on policy and heavy on platitudes from all sides. The Liberals engineered a platform designed to preserve enough seats to cling...

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Liberals Experience the Soft Tyranny of High Expectations

(12) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 2:46 AM

An important lesson for political communicators is to learn to manage expectations. Just as in business, the old adage 'under promise and over deliver' goes a long way to establishing credibility. Unfortunately for the Liberal Party of Canada, months of hype in the lead up to Monday night's defeat in...

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Since When is it Acceptable to Destroy the Environment to Save the Environment?

(10) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 12:25 AM

You would think if the government of Ontario owned a tract of land that was home to species protected by it's own Endangered Species Act, it would be off limits for development, right? Wrong. In Dalton McGuinty's Ontario, his government is making Ministry of Natural Resources land at Ostrander Point...

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McGuinty's Plan to Reduce Ontario's $16-billion Deficit? He's Not Telling.

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 7:28 PM

When voters went to the polls this past October and re-elected Dalton McGuinty, they did so with a very different understanding of what the Premier had in store for Ontarians. The Premier's campaign focused on expanded Go Transit services, building three new undergraduate university campuses, cutting...

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