Back in the olden times, three weeks ago, massive leaps in the stock market, a parliamentary power grab and an $83 billion dollar spending bill would all be huge news. But now huge news is the norm, as is no professional sports, social isolation, and a vast cloud of anxiety that pollutes our thoughts, conversations, relationships and our dreams for the future.
If we let it, it can paralyze us, but we have a choice. Warren Buffet often says that the time to invest is when there is blood in the streets. From a government relations perspective, the streets of Alberta look like the famous Red Wedding scene on the Game of Thrones. It is an economic bloodbath out there meaning it’s also when we should rush forward with the best ideas we can muster.
A time of crisis is when a smart government relations strategy can pay off not just a little, but a thousand times over. In other words, the best antidote for the social isolation, stress and that feeling of helplessness is to take back control and to go to the government with ideas that will help them solve their problems, while also addressing your problems.
My colleague, Keith McLaughlin, noted that airlines and the oil and gas sector are obviously in line for government support of some kind. Fair enough. They are massive contributors to the Alberta economy. But as Keith noted, what about travel, tourism and hospitality? What about retail? What will the GoA do for them?