In the media

HATLEY’s partners and consultants regularly contribute to media platforms on topics that they are passionate about. They can be read in national newspapers and specialized publications from coast to coast to coast. Here are some of their most recent contributions.

L'actualité
Tuesday 5 September 2017
Carl Vallée — Partner

La stratégie payante du désengagement

L’approche de Stephen Harper par rapport au gouvernement Marois a contribué à faire passer le paysage politique de l’axe fédéraliste-souverainiste à l’axe gauche-droite, selon son ancien conseiller Carl Vallée.

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LE DEVOIR
Wednesday 21 December 2016
Alexandre Meterissian — Senior consultant

Notre chef devra parler français

Imaginez un instant que vous êtes un investisseur et que deux entrepreneurs vous approchent pour investir dans leur entreprise. Les deux ont un produit révolutionnaire que les consommateurs désirent.

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Montreal Gazette
Sunday 27 November 2016
Tom Kott — Consultant

Canadian wines get short shrift in Quebec Montreal Gazette

Along with 13,000 other thirsty enthusiasts, I attended La Grande Dégustation de Montréal earlier this month. The event featured booths from 160 wine and whisky producers from 19 different countries, offering visitors a chance to imbibe 1,200 unique products.

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Ipolitics
Thursday 20 October 2016
Tom Kott — Consultant

Handouts won’t help Canada’s ailing news business

Private-sector newspapers were once in the business of scrutinizing government, including government spending. Now, they’re the ones with their hands out. Today’s news media outlets face a terrible Catch-22: If their representatives succeed in securing state...

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Montreal Gazette
Monday 9 May 2016
Tom Kott — Consultant

New Brunswick beer ruling will help open up interprovincial trade

On April 29, New Brunswick provincial court judge Ronald LeBlanc ruled in favour of Gerard Comeau, who had been charged with transporting beer and liquor from Quebec into his home province. New Brunswick’s Liquor Control Act limits how much alcohol a person can possess...

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La Presse
Thursday 14 January 2016
Carl Vallée — Partner

Une dépendance économique lourde à porter

Tout le monde connaît le vieux dicton selon lequel il existe deux certitudes dans la vie : la mort et les impôts. Au Québec, on peut ajouter la péréquation à cette malheureuse liste. La péréquation est ce programme qui, selon le ministère des Finances à Ottawa, vise à atténuer...

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Montreal Gazette
Wednesday 9 December 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

Artisanal distillers shouldn’t be left out of Quebec’s liquor-sale liberalization

Think of a spirit made in Quebec — one of the first to pop in your mind will likely be PUR Vodka, Ungava Gin, or maybe even Piger Henricus gin.

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La Presse
Monday 16 November 2015
Carl Vallée — Partner

L’héritage de Stephen Harper pour le Québec

On a déjà beaucoup écrit sur la contribution de l'ancien premier ministre Harper à la droite canadienne. Il a transformé un mouvement conservateur miné par des divisions internes et géographiques en un seul parti conservateur uni, cohérent sur le plan idéologique, et ancré...

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THE WALrus
Wednesday 4 November 2015
Adam Daifallah — Co-founder and Managing partner

Step Back to the Right

Members, friends, and assorted sympathisers of the Conservative Party of Canada will gather this Thursday night at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel for a dinner featuring a speech by Brian Mulroney.

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C2C Journal
Monday 28 September 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

A veiled threat to the NDP in Quebec

If any province is likely to confound the pundits and embarrass the pollsters on October 19, it is Quebec. At the outset of the 2011 federal election most predicted the separatist Bloc Québécois would take a majority of the province’s seats, as they had in every election...

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La Presse
Monday 14 September 2015
Alexandre Meterissian — Senior consultant

L’homme qui pourrait vaincre le PLC

Depuis la Confédération, la politique fédérale canadienne a été dominée par deux grands partis fédéraux : le Parti conservateur et le Parti libéral. Toutefois, pour la première fois depuis des générations, un homme a l'opportunité de mettre fin à cette dichotomie...

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NATIONAL POST
Monday 31 August 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

So it looks like Mulcair is a hypocrite. What a relief

It turns out that the NDP leader has said all kinds of things that would make his party uneasy. And that's good news.

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LA PRESSE
Tuesday 4 August 2015
Alexandre Meterissian — Senior consultant

La montée du conservatisme au Québec

Il y a quelques mois, je discutais de politique fédérale avec des amis bien impliqués dans le milieu. Lors de notre conversation, il y a un consensus qui s’est rapidement dégagé : le Parti conservateur (PCC) n’avait aucune chance de percer au Québec...

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NATIONAL POST
Tuesday 30 June 2015
Tom Kott — Consutant

Legalize pot — just don’t let the government monopolize it

Pot legalization is inevitable now. Future governments will have the opportunity to avoid the mistakes that we made when we made alcohol illegal after Prohibition.

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LA PRESSE
Tuesday 26 May 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

Sortir de la SAQ

Depuis son arrivée à Montréal en 2010, la conférence C2MTL est rapidement devenue une Mecque pour les innovateurs des quatre coins du globe. C’est ainsi qu’un vent de renouveau souffle, chaque année, sur une ville qui peine pourtant à évoluer au même rythme...

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MONTREAL GAZETTE
Monday 25 May 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

While C2MTL innovates, government holds back business

Montreal’s annual C2MTL conference is quickly becoming a magnet for global innovators, bringing the hope and optimism of Silicon Valley to a city that has struggled to keep pace with the rest of the world.

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NATIONAL POST
Monday 27 April 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

The only liquor stores that truly belong in this century are private

Government control over liquor sales used to be justified as a “social responsibility.” Now the provinces don't even pretend to be believe this.

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LA PRESSE
Thursday 2 April 2015
Alexandre Meterissian — Senior consultant

Les modernes et les archaïques

Lundi, je me dirigeais au dîner de la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain pour entendre la conférence du ministre des Finances, Carlos Leitao. Je m’attendais à rencontrer des manifestants au dîner, mais ce qui s’est passé avant mon arrivée m’a choqué bien davantage.

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LA PRESSE
Wednesday 18 March 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

Laissez Starbucks vendre de l’alcool

Peter Sergakis ne croit pas que Starbucks devrait avoir le droit de vendre de l’alcool. Le président de l’Union des tenanciers de bars du Québec affirme en outre qu’« on a assez de bars comme ça au Québec. » Voilà un argument plutôt commode, sachant que M. Sergakis contrôle...

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MONTREAL GAZETTE
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

Montreal bars should fight outdated regulations, not possible competitors

The stamp system — an archaic measure to prevent bars and restaurants from serving illegal alcohol — needs severe reform. Quebec is one of the only places in North America that still issues stamps, affixed to every bottle by SAQ employees for a wasteful $6 million a year.

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C2C JOURNAL
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

A new quiet revolution in Quebec?

For two decades Quebecers have been electing governments that promise to put the province’s fiscal house in order and nurture a stronger market economy. Post-election, however, the political will to implement these reforms almost invariably succumbs to fierce...

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NATIONAL POST
Saturday 24 January 2015
Tom Kott — Consultant

Overthrowing our booze overlords

During the aging process of any good distilled alcohol, something strange happens. The inebriating substance evaporates and leaves the barrel through pores in the wood. In most cases, around 2% of it escapes in this manner. The craftsmen who produced this...

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NATIONAL POST
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Tom Kott — Consultant

Think the Beer Store is bad? Check out the SAQ

In a recent article published in the National Post, British ex-pat Daniel Rouse proclaimed that Ontario’s “Beer Store is worse than any of my nightmares.” Thank goodness he hasn’t travelled to Quebec! While many Ontarians, or visitors to that province, may assume that...

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MONTREAL GAZETTE
Sunday 26 October 2014
Tom Kott — Consultant

It’s time to talk about ending the SAQ’s monopoly (Montreal Gazette)

Last week, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) told Quebec’s ongoing program review committee that the SAQ’s monopoly needs to end. They’re pushing for a slow reform though partial privatization. It’s about time the government listened.

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National Post
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Adam Daifallah — Co-founder and Managing partner

Unmuzzle the charities

The foofaraw surrounding the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit of PEN Canada and some environmental groups that benefit from charitable tax status is missing the point entirely. The problem isn’t who is or isn’t being audited: it’s the outdated rules that govern charitable...

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MONTREAL GAZETTE
Tuesday 12 August 2014
Tom Kott — Consultant

Quebec Liberal youth wing has good advice for Couillard

This past weekend, the Quebec Liberal youth wing met in Lennoxville for its annual policy convention. Known for proposing far-reaching changes, the young Liberals form the vanguard of those advocating reform to Quebec’s nanny state.

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The globe and mail
Friday 25 July 2014
Adam Daifallah — Co-founder and Managing partner

Couillard’s tough medicine is just what Quebec needs

The other day, a provincial Premier was waxing philosophically about the role of the state. “My view is that government should be a force for good in people’s lives and it should be active where it is appropriate,” the Premier said.

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