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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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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
2014 in photos Dec. 19, 2014

Mark Burgess
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat, and Patrick Brown at the Canadian Tire Canal Classic, a charity shinny game between parliamentarians and the press on the Rideau Canal in January. The MPs prevailed.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, Chris Frogatt of National Public Relations and Blue Sky’s Sandra Buckler at the Manning Centre party in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Peter Stoffer in his Parliament Hill office in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre prepares to testify before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the party’s policy convention in Montreal in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner and Conservative MP James Rajotte at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer showing off his stickhandling skills at the February Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Wayne Easter and Conservative MP John Duncan at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Minister of Sport Bal Gosal at a Nature Canada event on the Hill on Feb. 3 alongside an owl.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The late Jim Flaherty pictured on Feb. 11 2014, the day he delivered his last federal budget.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The post-budget day party at Hy’s Steakhouse.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper heading out to greet Shi Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader Aga Khan on Feb. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper, the Governor General’s wife Sharon Johnston, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper pictured Canadian as soldiers came home from Afghanistan on March 18, 2014. Also pictured, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, and Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Andrew Cash and Canadian songstress Serena Ryder at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards in March, in Toronto.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MPs Pierre Nantel, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Peggy Nash and Laurin Liu on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Gabrielle star Alexandre Landry at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Actor Viggo Mortensen shows his true colours with Heritage Minister Shelly Glover at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth attend the launch of the iVote-jeVote campaign at the University of Ottawa in March to encourage young voters to engage in the political process.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair talk democratic engagement at the University of Ottawa in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and NDP MP Megan Leslie, pictured on April 2, 2014, at the Politics & the Pen gala, which raised $350,000 for the Writers Trust. The two hosted the evening, cracked a lot of jokes and sang Gloria Gaynor's song, I Will Survive.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivering remarks to his caucus upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10, while an emotion Laureen Harper looks on.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Susan Truppe comforts Labour Minister Kellie Leitch upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP John Weston comes up for air while swimming laps at the Chateau Laurier’s pool in May. Mr. Weston is one of “The Chief Fun and Fitness Officers,” a group of MPs that take part in physical activities together.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A pro-choice protestor holds a sign reading “my body, my choice” during the annual National March for Life demonstration on the Hill, on May 8.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs John Williamson and Rob Moore.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Megan Leslie.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Another lawn summer night at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
First Nations protesters on Parliament Hill as part of the Peoples’ Social Forum gathering in Ottawa in August.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Peoples’ social forum in August.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada’s board members took on the Ice Bucket Challenge outside of the Chambers building on Aug. 29.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch interviewing NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic at the September edition of Movie Night on the Hill, the Canadian premier of Elephant Song.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Postmedia’s Stephen Maher dressed in his cowboy best, with Camille Labchuk, for the Jaimie Anderson Fundraiser at the Black Sheep Inn, in Wakefield on Sept. 26.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
At 9:52 a.m. Oct. 22, the first calls come in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. People try to save Cpl. Nathan Cirilo’s life.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
Mid-afternoon on Oct. 22, police head down Metcalfe Street to secure buildings that had been on lockdown for fear of a gunman on the loose. Reports later confirmed the lone gunman had been killed inside Centre Block.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, NDP MP, had come to the Hill on Oct. 22 with her baby and was breastfeeding in the lobby when the gunman entered. She hid in a phone booth until Hill security brought them to a safer place
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers carries the mace during the first Speakers Parade into the House of Commons following the shooting, on Oct. 23.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Flowers at the National War Memorial to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A soldier stands guard at the National War Memorial on Nov. 11.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Canadian rock icon Burton Cummings backstage with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire at the Hope Live gala at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Oct. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Competing culinary team from the Lowertown Brewery at the 10th annual Gold Medal Plates on Nov. 17 at the Shaw Centre.

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