The Canadian Association of Political Consultants

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Welcome to CAPC

The Canadian Association of Political Consultants is the professional organization for people working in the field of politics in CANADA. We have joined together to promote the following goals

To raise the standards of practice in political consultation, thereby enhancing the political process and improving public confidence in the Canadian political system. To provide professional guidance, assistance, and education to members as they develop the skills, techniques, and business procedures required for successful political consultation. To establish and maintain a high standard of ethical conduct through membership education and the establishment and promotion of a workable Code of Professional Ethics for members. To help inform the news media, educational institutions, political organizations, and the general public about the value of political consultation and its contribution to the political process. To place particular emphasis in our work on reaching out to involve and educate young people in the art of political consultation and in the benefits it brings to the practice of democracy.

Association membership consists of political consultants, media consultants, pollsters, campaign managers, corporate public affairs officers, professors, fund-raisers, lobbyists, congressional staffers and vendors and is open to everyone associated with politics from the local level to the Federal level. CAPC members understand that, while we are often competitors on election day, we are all colleagues with similar professional concerns that transcend "Liberal", "Conservative" or "Other" labels. The profession of political consulting as its own niche is a very recent phenomenon, taking its place alongside computer gurus and television reporters as a career that has come of age. Yet, political campaigning was not born yesterday, despite many pundits insistence that they helped it evolve in their own shops. In fact, the first recorded political consultant was Quintus Cicero, author of the Handbook of Electioneering. Written to help his brother win a campaign for the consulship of Rome