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This just in: PMO’s Butts tops The Hill Times’ 15th Annual Terrific 25 Staffers in 2016

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Gerald Butts, one of the two most powerful political staffers in the PMO along with chief of staff Katie Telford, led this year’s Terrific 25 Staffers list. Mr. Butts also came first in the Best Access to PMO category, first for Most Influence, and ranked second for Best at Spin Control. Ms. Telford won for Best PMO Staffer.

Dynamic duo: PMO chief of staff Katie Telford, left, ranked No. 4 overall and won for Best PMO Staffer and PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts, right, ranked No. 1 in The Hill Times' 15th Annual Terrific 25 Staff list. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright

PARLIAMENT HILL—When it comes to Hill staffers, PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts is the tops.

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‘No question’ feds have duty to start talks, says AFN’s Bellegarde, after days-long demonstrations in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

News|By Palak Mangat
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Down 20 rural seats, Liberals go back to the well on gun control

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Conservative Party to protect all 121 incumbent MPs from nomination challenges until June 2021

News|By Abbas Rana
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Trade Committee Conservatives push for six additional House committees to study new NAFTA implementation bill

News|By Neil Moss
Committees would have to submit amendments for Bill C-4 to the House Committee on International Trade by April 2.

House Finance Committee chair warns against big budget spending, as consultations wrap

A new government bill is coming, the Finance Committee is pulling together its pre-budget report, and a Senate committee could be struck to pre-study the CUSMA trade bill.

Oka Crisis veteran says feds have ‘lost control’ of country-wide solidarity protest in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

News|By Palak Mangat
One Mohawk scholar who personally witnessed the 1990 Oka Crisis says Ottawa's offer to meet with protesters shows 'they’ve lost control of the situation, to a certain extent.'

Canadian released from Turkish prison recounts ‘nightmare’ of three-year ordeal

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Parole officers still floundering from Harper budget cuts, says union head supporting Tory parole board motion

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Conservative opposition motion condemning the decision made by the Parole Board of Canada that led to Marylène Levesque’s death passed unanimously in the House on Feb. 5.

Foreign troop deployment at traditionally low levels in Africa amid Security Council campaign

News|By Neil Moss
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