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Butts’ exit poses challenge for Trudeau PMO, will be ‘exceedingly difficult’ to replace: Liberal strategists

By Laura Ryckewaert      

‘I don’t think there are many people generally who are qualified to play that role, so that’s the immediate challenge,’ says Earnscliffe Strategy’s Charles Bird.

John Delacourt, a former Liberal staffer and now vice-president at Ensight Canada, says he expects the PM’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, will 'make very sure that the prime minister doesn’t feel that [there’s] all of a sudden a gaping hole' in terms of support after Gerald Butts' Feb. 18 exit. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Now-former principal secretary Gerald Butts’ sudden exit from the Prime Minister’s Office poses a challenge for the government and leaves a gap that will be “exceedingly difficult” to fill, say former Liberal staffers and strategists, but they expect it will be a stumble, not a fall for the PMO.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert moved to Ottawa from Toronto roughly eight years ago to study a bachelor of journalism at Carleton University. She's been a reporter at The Hill Times since the end of June 2011.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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