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Agriculture Minister Bibeau has a new acting chief of staff, Jérémy Gauthier

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Other changes to the minister’s staff lineup this Parliament include Emerson Vandenberg’s promotion to policy director, and Allison St-Jean’s hiring as communications director.
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Gabriel Cyr is director of policy and parliamentary affairs to Minister St-Onge, while Viki Ozell-Landry is director of operations.
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After 15 years as a staffer on Parliament Hill, Marci Surkes is set to make her exit later this month. John Brodhead will take over as director of policy in the PMO.
Stolen or vandalized federal property in 2020-21 included 63 cellphones, 211 Crown vehicles or other transports, 29 combat uniforms, and 3,689 cases involving materials, tools, or supplies.
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Russell Milon has followed Gould to her new office, continuing as director of parliamentary affairs, and James Cudmore has joined the minister’s team as communications director.
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After roughly six years as director of research and advertising in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dan Arnold has exited, prompting Alex Kohut’s promotion to senior manager.
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Nadia Kadri has been put in charge of the minister’s policy unit, while Brendon Legault has been made director of parliamentary affairs.
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Pierce Collier has been promoted to director of parliamentary affairs to Ahmed Hussen as housing minister, and Dexter Nyuurnibe has returned to the Hill as a communications adviser.
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Vasken Vosguian has joined the heritage office as director of parliamentary affairs, while Mehalan Garoonanedhi has taken over as director of operations.
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New additions to the team this Parliament include Lydia MacKay Swiatkowska as Atlantic regional affairs adviser and Caroline Morchat, who’s tackling social media.
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Plus, Defence Minister Anita Anand has brought Caitlin Mullan-Boudreau to her new team as director of operations, and scooped up Sabrina Kim as communications director, among other moves.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Richard Léger is director of policy to the minister, while Matthew Pollesel is in charge of parliamentary affairs and Katherine O'Halloran is heading operations.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The majority of Marc Miller’s team as Crown-Indigenous relations minister come from his old Indigenous services office, including policy director Griffin Marsh.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan has added four more staffers to his new team since Hill Climbers last checked in, including press secretary Daniel Pollak.
The board’s approval came following Conservative push back, which, in the end, resulted in five of the eight new full-time staff being approved on a temporary basis, to be reviewed in a year.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Marci Ien has confirmed directors to cover policy, parliamentary affairs, issues management, and communications.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the PMO recently announced changes to its communications team, with Chantal Gagnon now deputy chief of staff to the foreign affairs minister, and the government House leader has a new policy head.
However, a four-year retroactive staff salary increase imposed by the Senate in March has put a budget squeeze on Senators, and is causing concern.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Treasury Board President Mona Fortier has hired key members of her new team, including a chief of staff, policy director, and parliamentary affairs director.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Chiefs of staff have also been confirmed in the offices of ministers Dominic LeBlanc, Dan Vandal, Kamal Khera, and Helena Jaczek.
Governor General Mary Simon's use of Inuktitut during last month's Throne Speech was a historic first, and new Nunavut MP Lori Idlout is making efforts of her own to incorporate her mother tongue into her work.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser has named Mike Jones as his chief of staff.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Karl Sasseville has been made deputy chief of staff to Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, new Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings has hired Alex Howell to run her office.
How committees are struck and how long it takes varies Parliament to Parliament, and depends on what parties agree to through negotiations.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Recently confirmed cabinet chiefs of staff include Sandra Aubé, who’ll run Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly’s office, and Michael Power, who’s running Defence Minister Anita Anand’s team.
PSPC says carillon performances ‘will pause in Winter 2022,’ with the Peace Tower’s 53 bells to be removed next spring.
The security pass cards issued to staff, press gallery members, and others to access the Parliamentary Precinct are set to play a key role in the new system.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mike Burton announced he would be joining Marc Miller’s new office as minister of Crown-Indigenous relations on Twitter on Nov. 11.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Kyle Harrietha has followed Jonathan Wilkinson from the environment portfolio to natural resources as deputy chief of staff and director of parliamentary affairs.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, former NDP MP Guy Caron has been elected mayor of Rimouski, Que., and Ottawa City Council's decision on the NCC's 'embassy row' plan has been deferred until Nov. 24.
NDP MP Gord Johns says Step No. 1 for the new minister should be pursuing decriminalization to address the opioid crisis and ensure access to safe supply, 'not just in B.C., but across Canada.'
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