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HILL CLIMBERS
The people in Conservative Party’s Ottawa war room

  
Some 20 PMO staffers on leave, election called

  
Pigott leaves post as PMO’s market research director, nine PMO staffers on leave

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt’s director of policy and stakeholder relations, Michael Beaton, leaves for a new gig as director of corporate affairs for Rogers Communications.


  
Hill Climbers: NDP OLO welcomes new deputy communications director

  
PMO’s Scott Anderson now at Algonquin College

  
Meet Jeremy Hunt, PMO gatekeeper

For MPs and business leaders, Jeremy Hunt is the guy who can get you in the picture, so to speak.


  
One in, one out in the Prime Minister’s Office

Former press secretary to John Baird, Adam Hodge, has landed a new gig with the UN in Kenya.


  
Minister Fast hires Roth as new communications director

  
Mulcair’s office makes changes to communications staff team

Valerie Dufour, deputy director of communications to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, has left.


  
Junior minister Rempel shuffles her communications staffers

Emily Goucher leaves Michelle Rempel’s office and Nicholas Insley gets a promotion.


  
MacKay makes office changes to communication, policy staffers

Jennifer Gearey has left and Mary Ann Dewey-Plante takes over as communications director.


  
Citizenship Minister Alexander hires, promotes new comms directors; PMO makes staffer changes

Recent staff changes in the Prime Minister’s Office include two promotions.


  
Public Safety Minister Blaney hires new staffers

Maxime Robert recently joined Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office as deputy director of Parliamentary affairs.


  
Team Trudeau: A look at Liberal research bureau and leader’s office staff

And Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has hired Mark Bonokoski.


  
New PMO deputy director for issues management, a look at NDP caucus services

New PMO deputy director of issues management Nick Koolsbergen recently left National Defence Minister Jason Kenney’s office to take on the new job.


  
Hill Climbers: Loubier promoted new PMO press secretary

Catherine Loubier, senior adviser for Quebec in the Prime Minister’s Office, is the PMO’s new press secretary.


  
New event coordinator in Prime Minister’s Office

Tanya Wood was recently hired to work in the tour and scheduling unit in the PMO.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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