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

Laforet has 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 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 was one of the youngest individuals to have had the opportunity to to deliver an address at the Empire Club of Canada.

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Do Ontario Liberals Want to Ban Solutions to Healthcare Challenges?

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:17 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 | 9:09 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 | 10:40 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 | 4:22 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 | 8:27 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 | 6:18 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 | 1:02 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 | 11:51 AM

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 | 9:34 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 | 7:01 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 | 12:30 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 | 4:45 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 | 1:46 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 14, 2012 | 11:25 PM

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 | 6:28 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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Mike Crawley's Business Record Proves He's No Man of the People

(15) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 9:15 PM

As Federal Liberals meet in Ottawa this weekend to begin the party's rebuilding process, who they elect President will have a dramatic impact on the party's fate. Pundits have pegged the race for president of the Liberal Party of Canada as being between former Deputy Prime Minister

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The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Historic Federal Election

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 1:28 PM

2011 was a year of elections for Canada with Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon all going to the polls in general election, while Alberta and

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Liberals' Message to Bloggers: Get Lost

(9) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 3:26 PM

The Liberal Party of Canada's plan to deny bloggers media accreditation to their upcoming January 2012 convention contradicts the party's plans to engage Canadians in rebuilding efforts.

The decision demonstrates a lack of recognition of the impact bloggers have on social media and by extension, public opinion....

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Can Flaherty Save Healthcare?

(40) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 12:15 PM

As the Federal government tries to move away from automatic annual increases of 6 per cent to federal health transfer payments to provinces, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is finding opposition to changing the status quo. Flaherty has proposed replacing the 6 per cent increases with a formula that...

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Open Letter to Premier McGuinty: Restore Local Democracy

(16) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 3:01 PM

Premier McGuinty,

As you are aware, Bill 10, the Local Municipality Democracy Act, 2011, will be introduced on Dec. 1. The bill seeks to restore local democracy to planning decisions for renewable energy projects that the Green Energy Act stripped nearly three years ago. Rural Ontarians will be...

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