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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 Mike Maka Valérie Glazer 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 Carlene Variyan Geraldine Anderson
Chagger, Bardish Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth Marilla McCargar (acting) Dilys Fernandes (acting) Emelyana Titarenko 819-934-1122
Champagne, François-Philippe Innovation, Science, and Industry Sarah Hussaini Louis Hamann 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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Toronto ‘getting shortchanged’ on vaccine distribution, say some Toronto Grit MPs

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Liberal MP Adam Vaughan wants the Doug Ford government to publicly release the allocation criteria used for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in different regions of Ontario.

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Feds likely to be drawn into talks on standardizing use of vaccine passports, despite reticence to wade in

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Appeal court overturns suspension of Canada-U.S. asylum agreement

Last July, a landmark Federal Court ruling declared the 17-year-old refugee pact violated the Charter. Today, the appeal court disagreed, and so the treaty will remain in effect.
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