On Nov. 20, all cabinet staffers, including those in the PMO, received termination letters dated to Dec. 20, giving them 30 days to be rehired or hired in new offices.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Nov. 20, 2019, speaking to reporters after unveiling his new 36-member cabinet at Rideau Hall. The Hill is currently in the midst of a post-election transition. Hundreds of ministerial staffers now find themselves in an uncomfortable, anxiety-inducing post-shuffle holding pattern. Pre-election, there were an estimated 500 ministerial staff working in offices across cabinet, and another 98 staff working in the Prime Minister’s Office. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Change is in the air on the Hill—as is plenty of post-election anxiety—with a new minority Parliament and a new, larger cabinet sworn-in last week.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'