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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
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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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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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