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Minister LeBlanc nabs policy aide from Minister Duclos’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has hired an ex-Queen's Park Liberal staffer, as a special assistant.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
‘This is unfortunately just one in a long line of cases where Canadian justice has too often been indigenous injustice,’ says author Kent Roach.
‘We need to ensure that groups that feel like they’re not presented in this legislation are able to come forward and appear as witnesses,’ says Government House Leader Bardish Chagger.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A number of staffers have followed Seamus O’Regan from veterans affairs to his new office as minister of Indigenous Services.
‘Unfortunately, there’s a lot of cybercriminals getting away with what they’re doing,’ says Chris Lynam, acting director general of the RCMP’s new national cybercrime coordination unit.
Government House Leader Bardish Chagger recently hired on MP Raj Grewal’s former assistant.
The NDP Regina-Lewvan riding association has passed a motion expressing support for the MP to run for the party’s official nomination.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jade-Émilie Daigneault, Matthew Gallagher, and Nilgiri Pearson are the latest additions to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen’s team.
Here are the top 100 most powerful and influential people in federal politics in 2019.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay also has a new chief of staff in his office: Guy Gallant.
The House of Commons adopted changes to provide for the simultaneous interpretation of Indigenous languages during proceedings late last year.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has two new policy advisers in her office.
Plus, Infrastructure and Communities Minister François-Philippe Champagne has a new policy and regional affairs adviser in his office.
The federal NDP may be having fundraising woes, but the Burnaby South riding association was the party’s best fundraiser overall in Canada in 2017.
For one, newly named Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has brought over her chief of staff from justice, Jessica Prince.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan has a new press secretary, Daniele Medlej.
There’ll be a week between the end of the move and the House’s official return to unpack and get acclimated in the West Block, on top of all the usual work to prep for a new session.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, photographer Alex Tétreault has joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.
Leslie O’Leary has landed the role of director of issues management in the PMO, and Joseph Pickerill will be replacing her as chief of staff to the Infrastructure Minister
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Conservative leader's office has a number of staff changes, including Rudy Husny’s return to the Hill as director of stakeholders and correspondence.
‘We don’t think the employer is negotiating in good faith,’ says House of Commons security officers union head Roch Lapensée.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held its final hearings in Ottawa last week, featuring closing submissions from parties.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there’s a new correspondence writer in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef has a new policy adviser.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
It took two decades and the efforts of a high school teacher and a government geologist to debunk what leading scholars accepted, and defended, as history-altering fact.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hana Kokanovic has left Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos’ office to become a policy adviser to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.
Burnaby South, B.C., byelection offers a key chance for NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to take the national spotlight, but ‘failure is not an option,’ says former NDP staffer Farouk Karim.
Plus, Alexandra Bernier is no longer an advance in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.

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