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Cabinet’s directors of communications and chiefs of staff list, 2021

By Laura Ryckewaert      
Minister Portfolio Chief of Staff D. Comms Press Secretary Main Office #
Trudeau, Justin Prime Minister Katie Telford Cameron Ahmad, (deputy) Chantal Gagnon Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Alex Wellstead 613-957-5555
Alghabra, Omar Transport Marc Roy Amy Butcher Allison St-Jean 613-991-0700
Anand, Anita Public Services and Procurement Stevie O’Brien James Fitz-Morris Cecely Roy 819-997-5421
Bennett, Carolyn Crown-Indigenous Relations Sarah Welch Gillian Hanson Ani Dergalstanian 819-997-0002
Bibeau, Marie-Claude Agriculture and Agri-Food Alison Porter Oliver Anderson Jean-Sébastien Comeau 613-773-1059
Blair, Bill Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Zita Astravas James Cudmore Mary-Liz Power 613-991-2924
Carr, Jim Special Representative for the Prairies
Chagger, Bardish Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth Jamie Kippen Danielle Keenan Emelyana Titarenko 819-934-1122
Champagne, François-Philippe Innovation, Science, and Industry Ryan Dunn Michael Power John Power 343-291-2500
Duclos, Jean-Yves Treasury Board President Marjorie Michel Karl Sasseville Marie-France Proulx 613-369-3170
Fortier, Mona Middle Class Prosperity, Associate Minister of Finance Lucy Hargreaves Jocelyn Lubczuk Isabella Brisson 613-369-5696
Freeland, Chrystia Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Jeremy Broadhurst Alex Lawrence Katherine Cuplinskas 613-369-5696
Garneau, Marc Foreign Affairs Daniel Lauzon Ricky Landry Syrine Khoury 343-203-1851
Gould, Karina International Development Geoffroi Montpetit Louis Bélanger Guillaume Dumas 343-203-6238
Guilbeault, Steven Canadian Heritage Mathieu Bouchard Justine Lesage Camille Gagné-Raynauld 819-997-7788
Hajdu, Patty Health Sabina Saini Thierry Bélair Cole Davidson 613-957-0200
Hussen, Ahmed Families, Children, and Social Development Zubair Patel*

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Julie Payette resigns as governor general after investigation into workplace harassment at Rideau Hall, Trudeau says her replacement will be named in ‘due course’

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Conservative caucus votes to expel Sloan, former contender for party leadership

News|By Beatrice Paez
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Could Parliament Hill withstand a Capitol Building-style insurrection?

News|By Alice Chen
'I hope that intelligence and security officials in Canada learned after what they saw in the U.S. and can make sure something like that does not happen here,' says Ottawa-turned-Washington correspondent Richard Madan.

‘Democracy has prevailed,’ Biden tells nation as Trump leaves office

News|By Palak Mangat
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Post controversy, Green Party executive director position remains unfilled

News|By Alice Chen
The Green Party's former executive director resigned in October, but a public search for a permanent replacement has yet to begin.

Updated mandate letters allow Grits to showcase pandemic fight without being attacked for abandoning promises, say politicos

News|By Neil Moss
The new mandate letters add new priorities to the instructions given to cabinet ministers in the 2019 mandate letters.
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