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After relentless pressure, Scheer says he’ll resign as Conservative party leader amid private school controversy, caucus supports him as interim leader 

Scheer recognized winning April leadership review vote would take ‘a longer, more gruelling campaign than the one we just ran for the general election,’ says Tory Whip Mark Strahl.
The estimates include $44-million for Phoenix damages, $131.9-million towards reconciliation on Indigenous rights and fisheries issues, and $9.9-million for the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jason Easton is staying on as chief of staff to now-International Trade and Small Business Minister Mary Ng, plus Lesley Sherban will be her director of operations.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there have been a few recent staff departures from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Adam Carroll has moved over to Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna's office as chief of staff.
Long-awaited collective agreements are finally being settled with the unions representing Parliament’s security officers, just in time for a new round of talks.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has dropped his chief of staff and director of communications.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
On Nov. 20, all cabinet staffers, including those in the PMO, received termination letters dated to Dec. 20, giving them 30 days to be rehired or hired in new offices.
With the post-election transition underway, hundreds of staffers are being affected, with defeated MPs given until Nov. 11 to pack up and clear out.
Almost 4.8-million Canadians voted at advance polls this year, according to Elections Canada estimates, a roughly 30.6 per cent increase over 2015, accounting for roughly one-quarter of all ballots cast this election.
The Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, and Greens collectively spotlighted tax offers on 17 of 31 days of the campaign, climate change on 15 days, and health care on 11.
Maxime Bernier launched his new party one year ago, and a core team of seven staffers are behind the People’s Party’s national campaign.
The federal NDP campaign team is stocked with experienced organizers, including people who backed Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in 2018 and B.C. Premier John Horgan in 2017.
Hamish Marshall is in charge as national campaign manager, supported by two deputy campaign managers: Dustin Van Vugt and Marc-André Leclerc.
The Green Party’s Ottawa headquarters now has roughly 80 staffers, up from 39 before the start of the year.
‘People are starting to wake up to how badly planned this pipeline is, and I think it will be a major issue during the election campaign,’ says B.C. NDP MP Peter Julian.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen has also seen a couple of staffers from his policy unit exit in recent weeks.
For one, Jeff Kovalik-Plouffe recently left International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr’s Ottawa office to take over as the MP’s 2019 campaign manager.
The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are projected to win another majority government, which would be a boon to the federal Conservative campaign.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is down a deputy director, while Trade Minister Jim Carr is down a press secretary.
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.

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