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New speechwriter in the PMO, Minister Hajdu has a new press secretary

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Véronique Simard has exited the Prime Minister’s Office to become press secretary to Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hired a new speechwriter, while another PMO aide has left to become press secretary to Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, right, recently hired a new aide straight out of the Liberal caucus' research office. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Two staffers recently exited Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office for jobs elsewhere in the Liberal government’s ranks, and at the same time, the PMO has scooped up a new speechwriter, Astrid Krizus.

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Don’t expect Biden’s tough, bipartisan approach to China to be met with Canadian imitation, say analysts

News|By Neil Moss
A tough, bipartisan American approach on China could put additional pressure on Canada, but questions loom over whether Joe Biden's campaign rhetoric will be met with White House action.

Federal cybersecurity workers heading for strike votes following bargaining impasse

News|By Mike Lapointe
With the two sides having been at the bargaining table for almost two years following the expiry of the most recent collective agreement, strike votes are scheduled to run from Feb. 11 to 24.

Feds should establish regulator to rein in ‘Wild West’ of social media, says report

News|By Beatrice Paez 3:30 PM ET
Even as the commission said the regulator should have the power to impose fines or administrative penalties as a deterrent against a pattern of non-compliance, it warned against Germany’s 'reactive' approach.

NDP to focus on pandemic measures, amplifying message in winter sitting

News|By Alice Chen
The party assigned six new critics in the lead-in to the House’s return after previously stripping MP Niki Ashton of all her critic duties for travelling abroad to tend to a sick relative.

Trans Mountain work stoppage continues, as CPC’s McLean says project ‘even more important’ post-U.S. axing of Keystone XL

NDP MP Richard Cannings says with global demand for oil trending down—a trend set to accelerate if needed climate policies are pursued—it ‘calls into question the whole viability’ of the multibillion-dollar project.

No replacing need for in-person diplomacy, say chairs, as work of interparliamentary groups goes on

News|By Neil Moss
The 13 interparliamentary associations haven't been able to travel or host foreign delegations since last March, but their work has continued virtually with some technical issues.

AG says office has kept pace with scrutinizing feds’ pandemic spending

News|By Palak Mangat
The OAG, which typically has a staff of between 575 and 600 employees, has now surpassed the 700 mark after it began recruiting additional reinforcements to help manage the COVID workload.

Payette’s resignation yet another self-inflicted wound for Trudeau Liberals, say former senior Grits

News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau should take his time and follow a proper screening process in choosing Julie Payette’s successor, says Prof. Donald Savoie.

Liberals held a virtual election readiness ‘2021 kick-off call’ with caucus, ridings, and campaign managers last week

News|By Abbas Rana
The Jan. 18 online meeting was a regular monthly meeting aimed to update MPs and riding volunteers about 'party’s tools and resources to stay connected with Canadians in virtual ways that respect public health guidelines,' says Braeden Caley, senior director, communication with the Liberal Party
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