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The 15 most influential unelected people in federal government

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The PMO's Brian Clow and Elder Marques, chief of staff Zita Astravas, and trade chief Ailish Campbell are among the new additions this year.

PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts, director of communications Kate Purchase, and chief of staff Katie Telford check their smartphones during an announcement by the PM on July 13. The Hill Times file photograph

From bureaucrats to political staffers, there are thousands of people working to move the wheels of government forward beyond the elected officials in cabinet. The Liberal majority government hits the halfway point in its mandate this October. Among the key issues and 2015 campaign promises still to tackle are: the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, legalization of recreational marijuana, Indigenous affairs (including splitting a department into two, and the national inquiry into missing and murdered

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