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  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Between Ottawa's senate spending scandal and the alleged Rob Ford crack cocaine video, it's easy to get cynical about government. But the Liberal advisor has few examples to refute that.
    Posted date : June 05, 2013
    Length of video: 00:03:01
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    One of the biggest flaws behind the foreign workers brouhaha is allowing companies to pay them 15 per cent less than Canadian workers, says the veteran Liberal advisor.
    Posted date : April 13, 2013
    Length of video: 00:02:33
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    It's been three years since the Pan Am Games were awarded to Toronto for 2015. Work on the Games so far, says Richardson, stands out as a model of politicians co-operating for the public good.
    Posted date : November 08, 2012
    Length of video: 00:03:08
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    He leaves Ontario with one of the best education systems in the world, cleaner air and better water. The province owes Dalton McGuinty a big thank you, says one who has known him for more than 20 years.
    Posted date : October 16, 2012
    Length of video: 00:03:01
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    If a genie was to give the Liberal advisor three wishes, here's what he'd ask for. (The last may be blatant self-promotion, but it's FUN self-promotion for a good cause. Go Bob!)
    Posted date : October 09, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:28
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Recent by election results mean exactly zero change in the balance of power in Ontario, says the veteran Liberal advisor. Richardson advises pundits and politicos alike to take a chill pill.
    Posted date : September 12, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:44
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Liberal Party Advisor Bob Richardson defends the Ontario government's plan to enact a wage freeze on public school teachers and to restrict bonuses for managers and executives in the public service.
    Posted date : August 27, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:30
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Making our communities safer from guns and gangs requires a multi-pronged solution by all levels of governments. Step one, says the veteran Liberal advisor, is for Stephen Harper to announce more funding.
    Posted date : July 24, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:18
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    That light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer, and its some sunshine on the way for Ontario's economy. There are a number of signs we're moving forward, says the Liberal advisor.
    Posted date : June 13, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:44
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Police, governments and security experts can learn a lot of hard lessons to from a recent report on that infamous G20 meeting in Toronto ... lessons to ensure the same mistakes never happen again.
    Posted date : May 22, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:42
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    The election brinkmanship at Queen's Park is exactly what the province doesn't need right now. Canadians are good at minority government, so the Grits and the NDP should to get to it and compromise.
    Posted date : April 18, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:17
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    On a day when Premier McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan lay out their fiscal plan, Liberal advisor Bob Richardson has some ideas on how to get Ontario back in the game.
    Posted date : March 27, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:32
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    What does the 'Ottawa Status Quo' mean for Ontario? Liberal strategist Bob Richardson says it's time to finally fix the fiscal imbalance.
    Posted date : February 22, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:08
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Political Gridlock: When it comes to a badly needed expansion of Toronto's public transit system, it's as if the city is stuck in neutral. The Liberal strategist has some suggestions to get it moving.
    Posted date : February 09, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:07
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Be Not Afraid: Worries about economist Don Drummond's report on how to deliver Ontario's programs more efficiently are overblown, says the Liberal strategist. It's a welcome opportunity to modernize.
    Posted date : January 17, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:31
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Repeat after me, says Richardson: Ontarians don't want another election right now. The Liberal advisor says all three parties should settle down and live with the current arrangement.
    Posted date : November 22, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:07
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Learning Curve: All three parties have lessons to learn from the Ontario election, according to the Liberal strategist. But they also each have some good news to smile about.
    Posted date : October 18, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:55
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Political polling is extremely influential in elections. Most is well done, but there are pollsters for hire. Is it time pollsters and the media be required to abide by professional standards?
    Posted date : September 19, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:15
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    The party that makes jobs a priority in this election is the one that will be employed at Queen's Park on October 7th, predicts Liberal Bob Richardson.
    Posted date : September 06, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:50
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Politicos portraying green energy as a right-left issue have hijacked the policy, says Liberal advisor Bob Richardson. Yet big backers include some of the most right-wing governments in the world.
    Posted date : August 11, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:31
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    Win-Win Strategy: Toronto provides 11 per cent of Canada's GDP. Liberal strategist Bob Richardson says it's time to stop obsessing about cuts and look at how to make the city work for us all.
    Posted date : July 26, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:25
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    The fact that only 52% of eligible voters cast ballots in the last election means the system needs modernizing, says Richardson. The Liberal strategist has some ideas on how to go about that.
    Posted date : July 12, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:31
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    The Liberal strategist says the TMX-LSE deal falling apart was great news for Canada. What this country needs, he says, is its own multi-exchange competitive market.
    Posted date : July 05, 2011
    Length of video: 00:00:55
     
  • Thought Provoker: Bob Richardson

    The Liberal strategist says Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin is acting like an egomaniacal carnival barker.
    Posted date : June 23, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:17
     
  • Thought Provoker: Ont. Liberal Bob Richardson - As MPP's hit the BBQ circuit, all three parties have reasons to smile

    Posted date : June 13, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:25
     
 
Bob Richardson
Bob Richardson is President of the Devon Group, a public and government relations firm in Toronto. His career in public affairs spans 25 years, during which time he was Senior-Vice President at Ipsos Reid and Vice-President at The Angus Reid Group. In the Ontario government, Bob has served as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Natural Resources, and the Minister of Energy. Bob has been active in attracting international multi-sport games to Toronto, serving as Chief Operating Officer of Toronto’s 2008 Olympic bid and as one of the leaders of the Toronto’s successful bid for the 2015 Pan American Games.

Bob frequently provides media commentary on political and business issues of the day and has appeared internationally and locally, for media outlets including the CBC, CTV, Global, BBC, Radio-Canada, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Newstalk 1010.

Bob recently concluded appointments to the Board of Governor’s for both Seneca College and Carleton University, and currently is Chair of the Board of Directors at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, where he chairs the Board’s Communications Committee.