Stevie O’Brien has been named chief of staff to new Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, left, and Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair have both recently hired chiefs of staff. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and file photo
Veteran Liberal staffer Vince MacNeil has landed in Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s office post shuffle, having taken over as chief of staff in early August, Hill Climbers has learned.
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Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.