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Quito Maggi

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Quito Maggi is President and CEO of Mainstreet Research, a Canadian public research firm with offices in Montreal, Calgary and headquarters in Toronto. As President of Mainstreet Research, Quito Maggi has been credited by media as a consistently accurate pollster of political public opinion including recent elections in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and a number of Municipalities and by-elections across Canada.

Quito has advised numerous politicians over his 20 year career in politics and public policy, including Councillors, Mayors, MPPs, MLAs, MPs and Ministers.
Green Rush 2.0: Canadian Marijuana Is A Growth

Green Rush 2.0: Canadian Marijuana Is A Growth Industry

Yes, I said it. Back in 2014, a "green rush" began as mainstream investors started realizing the huge profits that could be made in the cannabis business when just two states had legal sales of recreational cannabis. With legal recreational use likely less than a year away, why haven't we yet seen a spike in share prices for Canadian cannabis stocks?
07/11/2016 05:48 EDT
We Must Remember The Mandate When Legalizing

We Must Remember The Mandate When Legalizing Marijuana

We have heard a lot about legalization, and right now everyone is talking about the regulations that will go along with that legalization, but it would be prudent to remember the mandate of the government: Legalize, Regulate, and Restrict Access to minor of cannabis products.
07/05/2016 12:21 EDT
The Simple Reason Behind Toronto's Marijuana Dispensary

The Simple Reason Behind Toronto's Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown

Cannabis Canada, the trade association that represents Canada's Licensed Producers of medical marijuana, has been lobbying the city quite extensively. But these efforts have been ongoing now for some time -- why the urgency to crack down now? The answer is not as simple as we'd like it to be.
05/24/2016 03:21 EDT
Preferential Ballot System Benefits Not Only The

Preferential Ballot System Benefits Not Only The Liberals

A preferential ballot system levels the playing field for all candidates. Like the per-vote subsidy, it will promote more party/candidate loyalty on the first vote. Unlike the last election, strategic voters won't need to choose between voting for the party they like and voting for the party they think can beat party/candidate X. They can do both.
05/17/2016 11:31 EDT
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown Gets Priorities All

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown Gets Priorities All Wrong

Toronto Mayor John Tory has written a letter to the head of Municipal Licensing and Standards to ask for a report and recommendations for dealing with what he called the "verging on out of control" growth of medical marijuana dispensaries. Let's compare their health and safety impacts to industries that already exist.
05/16/2016 11:14 EDT
T.O. Councillor Should Get His Medical Marijuana Facts

T.O. Councillor Should Get His Medical Marijuana Facts Straight

It's hard to tell from the councillor's statement whether he is simply unaware of the rules and Supreme Court ruling, or whether he is choosing to ignore the facts to get media exposure. Either way, it's reckless and unprofessional behaviour for a Toronto city councillor.
04/21/2016 10:51 EDT
The NDP Lost The Manitoba Election The Day Greg Selinger

The NDP Lost The Manitoba Election The Day Greg Selinger Ran

With over a year and a half to work, a new leader could have righted the ship, made this election competitive, saved the careers of dozens of MLAs and perhaps even have won government. What Greg Selinger likely counted on at the time, despite seeing these numbers, is what we saw during the last election, and what historically happens in Manitoba.
04/18/2016 12:59 EDT
Put Medical Marijuana Patient Rights Above Profit

Put Medical Marijuana Patient Rights Above Profit Margins

Last week we saw the Pharmacy Association weigh in on the future of medicinal cannabis distribution in Canada. They want in now, saying they should be the "front line" in dispensing the drug. It is an interesting reversal from their earlier position on medicinal cannabis, so let's try to understand why.
04/12/2016 03:44 EDT
Protect Medical Marijuana Patient Rights In Bill 45

Protect Medical Marijuana Patient Rights In Bill 45 Debate

Once implemented, Bill 45 would put medicinal marijuana under the same regulations as tobacco products under the Smoke Free Ontario Act. I am in full agreement and support of the proposed changes to control the sale of e-cigarettes, but I can't agree with lumping in medicinal cannabis patients.
04/07/2016 11:08 EDT
Banning Public Medical Marijuna Use Solves A Non-Existent

Banning Public Medical Marijuna Use Solves A Non-Existent Problem

We've all experienced that annoyance, maybe on the bus, at work, in parks and malls in every corner of the province. Packs of medicinal cannabis users vaping their cannabis, wantonly blowing their cannabis vapour in our faces, laughing at us while they "get high." Call me sheltered, but I have never encountered it.
03/21/2016 04:59 EDT
Segregating Medical Marijuana Patients Isn't The

Segregating Medical Marijuana Patients Isn't The Answer

By equating medicinal cannabis with tobacco and applying the same rules to its sale and use, the Ontario government is effectively telling patients to get back in to the closet where they belong. It's a regressive policy that has no place in this country.
03/18/2016 02:18 EDT
This One Word Makes Greg Selinger's Campaign Ad Fall

This One Word Makes Greg Selinger's Campaign Ad Fall Flat

I watched the new Manitoba NDP ad this morning with some interest and after a few seconds I realized I have seen this ad before. Back in 2011, then-Premier Dalton McGuinty looked like he was about to lose a looming election, the polls were bad, his approval numbers were terrible -- sound familiar?
02/19/2016 03:17 EST
A Cannabis Tax Can Help Cities Pay For New

A Cannabis Tax Can Help Cities Pay For New Infrastructure

The problem with establishing a Federal Cannabis Tax Fund is that somebody needs to ask for it, now, before the legislation is drafted. Mayors and councils across Canada may be reluctant to raise this publicly while marijuana is still illegal and because there is no formal recognition of municipal governments in our constitution.
12/17/2015 05:48 EST
For Electorate, Strategic Voting a Decision of Biblical

For Electorate, Strategic Voting a Decision of Biblical Proportions

A large percentage each of NDP and Liberal supporters (over 30 per cent) is prepared to vote for the other if it is seen as the better option to defeat the Conservatives. However, the current deadlock has not revealed who that is and any gains made by either are small -- The tipping point, if it in fact occurs, may come down to Canadians making a judgement similar to that expressed in folklore and widely known as the Judgement of Solomon.
09/22/2015 12:35 EDT
Why Election 43 Already

Why Election 43 Already Matters

By ensuring funding for the next election and limiting the campaign abilities of the other parties, the Conservatives will surely win Election 43. Donation limits only refresh annually, not per election, so if another snap election is triggered in 2015, parties would be scrambling to find new donors who had not already contributed the maximum to the current election.
09/10/2015 05:21 EDT
Canada Needs More Political

Canada Needs More Political Parties

Coalitions are part of our democracy, part of many democracies. Politicians who don't believe in coalitions are like lawyers who don't believe in the law. All of our federal leader have shied away from this aspect of our democracy and shame on them for it.
07/17/2015 12:51 EDT
Why Election Campaigns Are Like Shark

Why Election Campaigns Are Like Shark Week

To put it in its simplest terms, this election will be like a feeding frenzy -- there is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. There is definitely a megashark in the water, he is ready to rip and tear his opponents apart to assert his role as the apex megashark. He's a shark, it's what they do.
07/10/2015 05:36 EDT
Online Polls: Good for Lifestyle Quizzes, Not for

Online Polls: Good for Lifestyle Quizzes, Not for Politics

Online polls can be fun and if we want to determine the public's opinion on their favourite colour, or why they like Britney Spears better than Madonna, they can be accurate enough to be newsworthy, I suppose. I think we have to look at the differences between American and Canadian politics and culture to understand why online polls don't accurately reflect public opinion accurately enough when it comes to voting intentions.
03/27/2015 05:54 EDT