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One in, one out for the PMO

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently welcomed Kathleen Davis as a new special assistant in his office. She replaces Julie Savard-Shaw.
Opinion|By Laura Ryckewaert
Cameron Ahmad Liberal strategist “During his recent trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Prime Minister announced that Canada and the ten remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership concluded discussions in…
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Justine Villeneuve arrived from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's office.
‘If [the government is] not willing to appoint a [new] commissioner fairly soon then I would hope that they would have capable staff that can bring that Métis perspective to the inquiry,’ says NWAC president Francyne Joe.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mississauga Centre has the largest immigrant population of any federal riding in Canada which means Liberal MP Omar Alghabra’s Ontario riding team is an “incredibly busy” one. The vast majority of the riding's casework is…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has also hired a new director of parliamentary affairs for his office, and a PMO staffer has resigned after an investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour.
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‘We have a lot of vulnerable communities as well, people who need support, who need services, and often are not able to get it,’ says Ms. Kwan.
Cameron Ahmad Liberal strategist “Sexual violence and harassment of any kind are completely unacceptable in any workplace, and that of course includes Parliament Hill. That is why our government ran on a commitment to take…
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New Liberal research bureau staffer Mitchell White had been working for the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami since 2013.
There's a 'transformational change' happening on the Hill and in federal politics, which is long overdue, but some say they're 'terrified' by the swift and massive culture shift.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Operations director John Zerucelli and his wife, Jane Almeida, communications director in the office of the minister for sports and persons with disabilities, are set to leave the Hill in a few months, prompting several changes.
Opinion|By Laura Ryckewaert
Cameron Ahmad Liberal strategist  “It will come as no surprise to Canadians that our priority in 2018 is consistent with what it has been since the election: driving economic growth all across the country, creating…
The Senate is currently working with Public Services and Procurement Canada to re-name the Government Conference Centre, which is expected to happen this fall when the building is occupied.
‘PMO relies on her working rapport with the multicultural outlets,’ said former Liberal staffer John Delacourt, now at Ensight Canada.
The recent Conservative hires include: Cassie Bezan, video specialist; Morgan Swan, digital media liaison; Karly Wittet, communications assistant; and Elvanee Veeramalay, stakeholder relations adviser.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Laurence Deschamps-Laporte has replaced Owen Teo as director of policy to the foreign affairs minister after serving as Ms. Freeland’s director of policy since June 2016 when she was the minister responsible for international trade.
Government House Leader Bardish Chagger, who is also the minister responsible for Small Business and Tourism, is down one political aide, following director of issues management Chad Mariage’s recent exit. After a little more than…
Opinion|By Laura Ryckewaert
Cameron Ahmad Liberal strategist “After a productive cabinet retreat in London last week, the prime minister addressed this during his closing press conference in response to a question from a journalist. “He began by taking…
Amid the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she’d “love” to see the all-party women’s caucus tackle the issue of sexual harassment on Parliament Hill and plans to raise the…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr’s in need of a new director of policy, with Michael Rau having recently left the minister’s office to return to work for the department. Mr. Rau is now acting director…
With less than a year to go, calls for a reset of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women continue, and while some are concerned that a reset could be the inquiry’s doom,…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said goodbye to his executive assistant for the last two years, Tommy Desfossés. After nine years working for Mr. Trudeau overall, Mr. Desfossés departed the Hill at the beginning of…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Ten weeks into the CBC The National's revamped newscast, host Rosemary Barton says the program continues to evolve, but internal numbers already show growth in younger demographics and digitally. “I don’t think we’re satisfied yet,…
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Cameron Ahmad Liberal strategist “The most important story over the holidays was surely welcome news for millions of Canadians, whose hard work has paid off and has resulted in our country’s lowest unemployment rate in…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Katherine O’Halloran has exited her role as the national manager of ministers’ regional offices in Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office to instead serve as the Atlantic regional desk adviser in Prime Minister…
Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes says MPs should set up an informal, cross-party support system on the Hill to address sexual harassment and sexual misconduct as the #MeToo global movement against misogynistic behaviour hits Parliament Hill.…
The Top 25 1. Justin Trudeau, prime minister 2.Gerald Butts, principal secretary to the prime minister 3. Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister 4. Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council 5. Chrystia…
Opinion|By Laura Ryckewaert
Cameron Ahmad Liberal strategist  “As we approach the end of 2017, we can all look forward to new challenges and opportunities in the new year, and we have the chance to reflect on those that…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
It’s been 20 years since NDP lobby officer Anthony Salloum first walked through Centre Block’s front doors as a rookie staffer, and this year, for the first time, he’s claimed the title of the Best…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly recently promoted a new director of parliamentary affairs, Elliott Lockington, from within her ministerial office. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Mr. Lockington has been working for the heritage minister…
Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi has tapped one of his staffers to officially take over the currently vacant role of chief of staff in his ministerial office in February. Leslie O’Leary, who’s been on…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
From Pierre Trudeau to Stephen Harper, modern Canadian prime ministers are often cast as having ushered in a unique centralization of executive control, but as Ryerson University professor and author Patrice Dutil explores in his…

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