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Ministers LeBlanc, Bibeau change comms staff

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Plus, the Conservative leader's office has merged its issues management and research teams, leaving several staff with new titles.

Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, left, who's also responsible for internal trade, needs a new director of communications, while Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, right, recently brought over her press secretary from her former post as minister for international development. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade Minister Dominic LeBlanc is on the hunt for a new director of communications following the recent exit of Laura Gareau from the post.

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There’s ‘potential’ for progress on gig worker supports after an involved election season, experts, politicians say

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National infrastructure assessment must include advisory body with long-term vision, say infrastructure groups

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As early returns suggest Albertans want to scrap equalization, province must push for ‘fair’ treatment from feds, say Free Alberta Strategy authors

News|By Matt Horwood
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Ontario’s top court signals support for Liberals’ justice reform bill

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No wetsuits allowed: McKenna celebrates 50th with a splash as she looks to post-Hill life

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
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