These recent staffing changes in the Prime Minister’s Office are unrelated to now-former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts’ Feb. 18 resignation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured being scrummed by media in the West Block last week amid the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Recent staffing changes in the PMO detailed here are unrelated to now-former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butt's resignation on Feb. 18. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Aside from the recent high-profile exit of now-former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts, a few other, unrelated, staffing changes have taken place in the Prime Minister’s Office of late.
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