Government Relations

Taking the Fear Factor Out of Lobbying.

Guest Blogger Laurel Craib is an exceptional lobbyist bringing more than twenty years of experience from both sides of the political desk. Well known and well regarded in political circles regardless of the party in power she has represented a range of clients from health professionals to auto manufacturers.  She gets inside of her clients […]

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The Fastest Way to a Politician’s Heart is Through a Camera Lens

If politics were for wallflowers, government buildings would look like bungalows and politicians wouldn’t need to give speeches.  So for the sake of simplicity let’s start from an understanding that politicians expect to be seen and heard.  They would like it to happen at their convenience and on their issues, but they will adopt an […]

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Remember Your Manners – A True Story

Bad manners in business are about as useful as feathers on a fish and as memorable. The following story is based on something that happened while I worked on Parliament Hill. An executive working in the regional office of a manufacturing company was contacted by his superiors and told that it would be in the […]

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Lobbyists are Liars and Cheaters

Lobbyists are liars, cheaters focused on bending government to their personal interests. They are the dark side of any political engagement. When they are very good at their jobs they can influence not only government policies, but also force cultural change and remove our essential rights. Rights like, the right to drive drunk, the right […]

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What Exactly Is Your Issue? Four Tips For Better Lobbying

I was on Parliament Hill recently and as my colleagues and I fanned out to share our messages I kept thinking about all the possible outcomes ahead of us.  We had the same message to deliver, but personal style and approach can make subtle changes occur that effect comprehension, reception and even perceived objective. This means […]

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7 Tips For Meeting with a Member of Parliament

There is no such thing as a typical meeting with a Member of Parliament (MP).  While all MPs may share the same job, and some share the same party membership, that’s about where their automatic resemblance to each other starts and finishes.  It’s not that you can’t have similar meetings with various MPs, but if you […]

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Warming Up The Audience Before Delivering Your Message

As a consultant I have walked into rooms where the temperature was so cold I debated getting gloves, but whether I’m lobbying or speaking at an event, I always warm up my audience before delivering my message. When they’re warm, I’m hot. A Story from the Field The CEO of the large pharmaceutical company was […]

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Every Contact Counts – First Impressions

Ever start off to do what looks like a simple piece of communications or engagement only to find that you have actually achieved something very different? Well the two young men in the following story set off to deliver some tickets, what they accomplished was some bad government relations and some very effective, albeit negative, […]

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