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Natural Resources Minister Carr names new press secretary

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mackenzie Radan has been working for Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr since March 2016, most recently as a policy adviser and issues manager.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
While Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recently tapped Alexander Steinhouse to fill in as her acting director of parliamentary affairs.
The Conservatives brought in $18,846,568 in donations last year, while the Liberals reported a total of $13,898,557 in donations. The NDP has yet to file its annual return for 2017.
‘If you were going to shuffle prior to a fall 2019 election, summer 2018 is probably a wise time to do it,’ says Greg MacEachern, a senior vice president at Proof Strategies.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a new interim communications director in her office, as her permanent D. Comms takes maternity leave.
The Conservatives are well into nominations, with 94 candidates in incumbent ridings so far. The Liberals nominated their first candidate last week, while the NDP will start near the end of summer.
'The key thing is it all comes down to ego. All these people have some of the biggest egos in the country,' said one Conservative staffer.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Veteran staffer Lucio Durante is now senior director, national field at the federal Liberal Party’s headquarters in Ottawa, helping to get the party ready for 2019.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A number of staffing changes have happened in the Liberal research bureau, also known as the LRB, in recent weeks.
The Information Commissioner’s office started 2018-19 with a backlog of 3,489 complaints, after a 20 per cent increase in new complaints filed in 2017-18.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Former PMO senior adviser John Zerucelli is set to become vice president of public affairs for Universal Music Canada in Toronto.
Centrepiece legislative achievements include the final passage of the Cannabis Act, and the government’s corresponding drug-impaired driving bill.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Olivier Auger has left Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s office, among other recent staff departures.
Businesswoman and former federal cabinet minister Belinda Stronach denies she is considering a run for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership.
Hill Climbers rounds up the six former Conservative staffers and five former Conservatives MPs who were elected to sit in the Ontario legislature on June 7.
The West Block building is now set to be in full use as the House of Commons’ interim home in January 2019.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, ex-PMO appointments adviser Juniors Damy is now working in the office of the Department of National Defence’s corporate secretary, under another former political staffer.
The House Ethics Committee is now mulling recommending a contempt of Parliament charge be brought against AggregateIQ CEO Zack Massingham as it works to prepare an interim report.
A new Quebec-centric party, Québec debout, is planning to run a full slate of candidates in the province in 2019, dividing up the traditional Bloc Québécois base.
Lea MacKenzie, former chief of staff to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, has been appointed a special adviser on Indigenous issues for Canada’s permanent mission to the UN.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
With 43 years on the Hill, Krissy Côté, an assistant to Conservative MP Mel Arnold, is the longest-serving staffer.
After 10 in camera meetings and testimony from six witnesses, the Procedure and House Affairs Committee has wrapped its review of the MP code of conduct.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Kerry Pither is the new director of communications for the federal NDP caucus on Parliament Hill.
American, British, and Canadian legislators are set to take part in a meeting in Washington, D.C. on July 16 focused on electoral integrity, The Hill Times has learned.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office said a response is coming ‘shortly,’ having previously suggested an announcement would come by last week.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A few senior staffing changes are underway in Conservative leader Andrew Scheer's office, as both his chief of staff and media relations director head off the Hill.
Even once construction on the West Block, Government Conference Centre and the Visitors’ Welcome Centre wraps, it could take six months before they’re fully ready for use.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Véronique Simard has exited the Prime Minister’s Office to become press secretary to Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.
The Ontario NDP campaign team includes Michael Balagus, Karla Webber-Gallagher, Marla DiCandia, Erin Morrison, Oliver Paré, Jenn Barrett, Laura Ziemba, Brad Lavigne, Kathleen Monk, and more.

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