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Giorno’s appointment means Harper’s election campaign sights set on Ontario, full stop

Expect a hard-hitting gritty campaign. But pollster Nik Nanos also says the PM’s recent top campaign announcement does not necessarily mean he’s set to orchestrate his own government’s defeat over the budget.

The Hill Times Photograph By Jake Wright
He's the man: Former PMO chief of staff Guy Giorno is heading up the Conservatives' war room.

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selection of Guy Giorno as his national campaign chair signals the
Conservatives are targeting Ontario for a “hard-hitting, gritty” campaign
that Mr. Harper hopes will give him the dozen new Commons seats he needs for
even a razor-thin majority government, Liberals and analysts say.Toronto MP Judy Sgro (York West, Ont.) told The Hill
Times Tuesday that Mr. Giorno’s appointment, along with Mr. Harper’s
(Calgary-Southwest, Alta.) promotion of one of his long-time political
operatives from Reform Party days, Jenni Byrne, to become campaign manager,
leaves little doubt the Prime Minister is setting the stage for a snap election
on the March budget“I expect that we’re going to have a hard-hitting campaign,
but we’re going to give it back just as good as we get it,” said Ms. Sgro, an
organizer with the Liberal federal campaign in Ontario. “It just
shows you all his talk, that he’s not going to have an election, is clearly
nothing more than words in the wind.Mr. Giorno, a close aide, political strategist and
campaigner for former Ontario premier Mike Harris and lawyer
before his recent stint as Mr. Harper’s chief of staff, has the backroom
credentials that make him a perfect agent to orchestrate an Ontario-centered
campaign, MPs and political observers said“He clearly has every intention of orchestrating an election
this spring and by putting Guy Giorno there, someone who’s well-known because
of the Mike Harris days, he knows Ontario well and that’s where they want to
get those other 13 seats, I think 11 now, the number they need, so that’s
exactly what they’re trying to do,” Ms. Sgro said as she headed into Question
Period on TuesdayA member of the Liberal campaign team in Ontario agreed Mr.
Giorno’s appointment is a sign the province will be the main battleground for
what could be Mr. Harper’s last chance at winning a majority, no matter how
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Giorno’s appointment means Harper’s election campaign sights set on Ontario, full stop

Expect a hard-hitting gritty campaign. But pollster Nik Nanos also says the PM’s recent top campaign announcement does not necessarily mean he’s set to orchestrate his own government’s defeat over the budget.

The Hill Times Photograph By Jake Wright
He's the man: Former PMO chief of staff Guy Giorno is heading up the Conservatives' war room.

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selection of Guy Giorno as his national campaign chair signals the
Conservatives are targeting Ontario for a “hard-hitting, gritty” campaign
that Mr. Harper hopes will give him the dozen new Commons seats he needs for
even a razor-thin majority government, Liberals and analysts say.Toronto MP Judy Sgro (York West, Ont.) told The Hill
Times Tuesday that Mr. Giorno’s appointment, along with Mr. Harper’s
(Calgary-Southwest, Alta.) promotion of one of his long-time political
operatives from Reform Party days, Jenni Byrne, to become campaign manager,
leaves little doubt the Prime Minister is setting the stage for a snap election
on the March budget“I expect that we’re going to have a hard-hitting campaign,
but we’re going to give it back just as good as we get it,” said Ms. Sgro, an
organizer with the Liberal federal campaign in Ontario. “It just
shows you all his talk, that he’s not going to have an election, is clearly
nothing more than words in the wind.Mr. Giorno, a close aide, political strategist and
campaigner for former Ontario premier Mike Harris and lawyer
before his recent stint as Mr. Harper’s chief of staff, has the backroom
credentials that make him a perfect agent to orchestrate an Ontario-centered
campaign, MPs and political observers said“He clearly has every intention of orchestrating an election
this spring and by putting Guy Giorno there, someone who’s well-known because
of the Mike Harris days, he knows Ontario well and that’s where they want to
get those other 13 seats, I think 11 now, the number they need, so that’s
exactly what they’re trying to do,” Ms. Sgro said as she headed into Question
Period on TuesdayA member of the Liberal campaign team in Ontario agreed Mr.
Giorno’s appointment is a sign the province will be the main battleground for
what could be Mr. Harper’s last chance at winning a majority, no matter how
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