The post-cabinet shuffle weeks are a ‘particularly emotionally exhausting time for staff, both personally and also professionally,’ says former Tory staffer Chris McCluskey.
Incoming chiefs for staff for cabinet ministers following the July 18 shuffle include, from left, Daniel Lauzon for Minister of Tourism Mélanie Joly, Jason Easton for Minister of Small Business Mary Ng, and George Young, in an interim capacity for Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. Photographs courtesy of LinkedIn
The first wave of political staffers are moving to new posts, some following their bosses after the July 18 cabinet shuffle, or holding down the fort as a new minister comes in expecting quick briefings on complex subjects.
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Though divisive politics has become a regular feature of political culture in Canada, thanks in part to the rhetoric from the country's southern neighbours, some MPs say there's been pushback to that kind of messaging.
A former CSIS analyst says the RCMP had a ‘strong case’ against journalist Ben Makuch, but the vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says the ruling will ‘hurt the institution of journalism.'
Independent Senator Kim Pate, who will be among those in attendance at Nicholas Kasirer's hearing next week, is interested in hearing about his views about how systemic inequality can affect access to justice.