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Shorter fall campaign anticipated by many political watchers

The government has an advantage during the pre-election period, and with a volatile electorate, the longer the campaign, the more potential for unpredictable ‘hinge moments,’ says John Delacourt.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A couple of staff departures have taken place in the Prime Minister’s Office, including the exit of special assistant for policy Mark Calderaro.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Marjorie Michel, who only recently took over as chief of staff to Families Minister Duclos, has taken leave to serve as the Liberal Party’s Quebec campaign director.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes another look at where a number of former political staffers landed after leaving Parliament Hill.
The Conservative Party continues to lead the pack in central fundraising, but at the riding association level, Liberals have outpaced Conservatives two to one overall.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Dan Lindenas is now acting chief of staff to Treasury Board President Joyce Murray after Adam Carroll’s recent exit.
Plus, Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle to run on the NDP ticket, and Ottawa-area Tory candidate Mike Lalonde drops out of election citing health concerns.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Marc Gervais takes over as interim chief of staff to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains as of Aug. 6, with Gianluca Cairo exiting for the private sector on Aug. 16.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
From active roles in local riding associations to positions on the board of directors of non-profits, 37 political staffers have declared outside activities since June 2018.
'People [have] come back to the Bloc … they support us with volunteers, they support us with their money, so everything is on track,' says Bloc MP Rhéal Fortin.
Meanwhile, Melissa Rumble has been promoted to take over as director of operations to Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan.
No doubt adding to the NDP’s financial woes is the fact the application for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada was dismissed with costs to the House.
It’s up to the prime minister to decide if he ‘wants to go into the next election arresting Indigenous communities and leaders,’ says the Squamish Nation council’s Dustin Rivers.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has a new policy adviser in her office, Pearson Croney-Clark.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef has a new issues manager in her office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Justin To has left the finance minister’s office, and deputy policy director Ian Foucher has already been promoted to replace him.
'I really don’t have a reason why it would have taken that period of time to have this nailed down,' says former sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers on the naming of his successor.
Marjorie Michel has in turn replaced Olivier Duchesneau as chief of staff to Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
'You can bet if we had 100 MPs that were Indigenous, the tone about Indigenous issues would change,' says Liberal MP Michael McLeod.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's Question Period director, Bryan Rogers, recently left Ottawa to become an issues manager to new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The public services minister also recently added a new policy adviser and a new special assistant to her office.
‘This is a really important step for a culture change on Parliament Hill,’ says Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould of the new system for parental leave.
Former Doug Ford staffers Veronica Green and Simon Jefferies have now officially joined Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s communications team.
Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel says the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ findings and recommendations should be an election issue this fall.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The now-annual award was resurrected for the first time last year. Last week’s ceremony honoured 110 staffers who reached service milestones in 2018.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Treasury Board President Joyce Murray recently hired on her members’ assistant of the last three years to work in her ministerial office.
The need for global regulatory coordination was underscored by Saint Lucia’s Andy Daniel, who noted that the annual incomes of Facebook or Google are ‘far bigger’ than those of his entire country.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
For one, former policy adviser Caitlin Szymberski has been promoted to the title of director of operations in National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier’s office.
One expert called for governments to threaten and be willing to unplug social media platforms, as Sri Lanka did in the wake of attacks last month, to gain leverage to force companies like Facebook to change their ways.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
As in a forest, old trees fall down to make way for the new—and there are ‘a bunch of old dead trees in Ottawa’ right now, says Mr. Meslin.

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