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Paramathasan exits Minister Duclos’ office for Harvard

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Plus, Government House Leader and Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez has a new communications assistant, while Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has a new Ontario adviser.

Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos, left, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, Government House Leader and Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez, and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra have all seen recent ministerial staff changes. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Cynthia Münster

Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos recently bade farewell to his aide for the last year and a half, Michael Paramathasan, who’s exited his post as director of labour relations to the minister to pursue a master’s degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 

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

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News|By Abbas Rana
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Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
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News|By Abbas Rana
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