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Parties ramping up candidate nominations across Canada as election threat looms

Quebec is expected to once again be a key electoral battleground, spurred on by the Bloc Québécois’ resurgence in 2019, with multiple candidates already nominated in three target ridings.
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Plus, there are a couple of new special assistants now at work in the Liberal research bureau.
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Jocelyn Lubczuk has joined Associate Finance Minister Mona Fortier’s office as director of communications and operations, as Blue Knox moves over to International Trade Minister Mary Ng’s team.
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Plus, Allen Alexandre has exited as director of parliamentary affairs to Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger.
A House-wide test of the new remote voting application developed by the administration has yet to take place, and questions on how exactly voting by app would work and look in the Chamber remain to be ironed out.
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Plus, Digital Government Minister Joyce Murray has officially promoted Erik Nosaluk to be her press secretary, a role he’s been acting in since last spring.
Alongside Centre Block's renovation is final construction of the new, underground Parliamentary Welcome Centre complex, which will serve as the new public route into Parliament Hill.
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Led by chief of staff Mathias Boulianne, the Bloc leader’s office and research bureau team together include 25 staffers who help support the party’s 32-member caucus.
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‘Staffers experienced an increase in their hours and anxiety as they struggled to respond to the increased requests for information and assistance from constituents,’ writes Carleton's Paul Wilson in his recent paper.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Justice Minister David Lametti will have a new chief of staff in his office later this month, with Alexander Steinhouse currently transitioning into the role.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, new staff join the offices of Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan, Public Services Minister Anita Anand, Trade Minister Mary Ng and Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos.
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Plus, Daniele Medlej has joined Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office as a senior communications adviser.
Since hybrid committee meetings began on Sept. 23, 86 per cent of witness interventions have been in English, with 14 per cent in French, according to the House administration’s findings.
Multiple recommendations approved by the BOIE involve covering over open courtyard-like spaces in Centre Block, a step PSPC says is ‘essential’ to its plans to make the building carbon neutral.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are new hires to report in the offices of Justice Minister David Lametti, Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez, and Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
Plus, the House administration recently published its first-ever disclosure reports, detailing a combined total of more than $9.6-million in expenses.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller has two new hires in his office, including a new senior regional adviser for the Prairies, former provincial NDP staffer Andrea Yellow Horn.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Leslie Church, who was last chief of staff to Public Services Minister Anita Anand, is now director of policy to Chrystia Freeland as finance minister.
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Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef is in need of a new director of policy following Yanique Williams’ recent exit.
The Senate has, for one, recommended a partial infill be built in Centre Block’s eastern courtyard, while the House’s working group has endorsed an expansion of the lobbies into its western courtyard.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Louis Hamann recently exited his role as director of communications to Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
Opinions are mixed as to how useful the committee's pre-budget study even is, with former PBO Kevin Page saying, historically, it's been a 'wasted opportunity.'
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
John Nieuwenhuis has joined the OLO, as has Dan Robertson, who's been recruited to serve as a senior adviser to the leader on communications.
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Plus, Tania Amghar is back in Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office, among other recent additions to the minister’s team.
‘It’s easier to have confrontational, adversarial approaches when you’ve got a distance and a screen between you,’ says Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, reflecting on the House’s new remote system.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Recent additions to the Liberal research bureau include two new researchers: Cristina Aliu and Elisabeth Paul. Plus, Hill Climbers takes a quick look at Liberal Whip Mark Holland’s team.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada says ‘the opening of the short-term use of the Indigenous Peoples’ Space is yet to be determined.’
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Joshua Bragg is back on Parliament Hill as a senior adviser to Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay, who also recently promoted Sarah Cozzi to director of policy.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Daniel Saad has joined Mr. Hussen’s office as a senior policy adviser, while Ladan Nur has been brought on board as the minister’s new adviser on Western regional affairs.
Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perreault is asking for the Elections Act to be amended in three areas to help the agency better adapt the election process to ensure safety and accessibility during a pandemic.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Adam Austen has exited as deputy director of communications to the foreign affairs minister.
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Plus, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand has a new chief of staff in her office.

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