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Fitz-Morris takes over as communications director to Public Services and Procurement Minister Anand

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Emily Harris, who was previously director of communications to the public services minister, recently joined the federal public service.
‘Dr. Lewis has surprised many by getting this far,’ says campaign manager Steve Outhouse. ‘We’re looking to continue to surprise people right up to the end.’
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Associate Finance Minister Mona Fortier recently shook up her office, with a number of staff getting new titles, including Blue Knox taking on oversight of communications.
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Marie-Pier Baril is a former deputy press secretary to Chrystia Freeland during her time as minister of foreign affairs.
Former MP Alex Nuttall is Peter MacKay’s campaign manager, with ex-Ford aide Michael Diamond as his deputy, and veteran staffer William Stairs acting as a key adviser.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Alexander Steinhouse has been temporarily seconded to the Prime Minister’s Office to help with issues management work.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Eight political staffers have joined the labour minister’s office since late January, including a parliamentary affairs director, a communications assistant, and two new regional affairs advisers.
‘We’re going to get left behind if we don’t get up and running and voice our concerns and our issues quickly,’ says ISG Senator Sabi Marwah of design plans for Centre Block’s renovation.
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Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains recently bade farewell to his lead media contact, Véronique Simard.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are a few more staff to note in Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office, including special assistant for operations Stephen Bateman.
‘No one has ever run a campaign during a pandemic, at least in my lifetime. There’s no path in the campaign manager manual on what to do,’ says Erin O’Toole's campaign manager, Fred DeLorey.
The Conservative Party once again led the pack in fundraising in the first quarter of 2020, but the Liberals saw 778 more individuals pitch in.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller has hired a new director of parliamentary affairs and issues management.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan has a couple of new hires in his office, including Jesse Hudson as policy adviser for Indigenous relations and reconciliation.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has likened efforts to procure medical supplies right now to the ‘Wild West,’ and the feds are taking a whole-of-government approach to pull it off.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Diversity, Youth, and Inclusion Minister Bardish Chagger has installed Marilla McCargar as director of policy in her office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Natacha Engel has exited the top office to become a senior policy adviser to Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade Mary Ng.
‘It’s a really exciting time to sort of distill what is the core DNA of the party and invite the people in, in an authentic, meaningful way,’ says Prateek Awasthi, who’ll mark his first day on the job on May 4.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Justice Minister David Lametti has a couple of new communications assistants in his ministerial office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, recent additions to Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains’ team include two new policy advisers.
The department says to date 85 projects in the Parliamentary Precinct have been ‘temporarily demobilized’ in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, a list that includes interior repairs to the East Block building.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand has hired Boyan Gerasimov as her new director of policy.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The upcoming book, co-edited by Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson, works to pull back the curtain on the important, but too often overlooked aspects of Canadian federal elections.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at recent staff additions in the offices of Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen has hired on Abdikheir Ahmed as his director of policy.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Kelsie Chiasson is acting director of communications, Marc Lemire is now associate director of digital and video production, and Salpie Stepanian remains manager of correspondence.
NDP MP Charlie Angus and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith have joined one such effort, Infotagion, an international initiative launched by U.K. MP Damian Collins.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Hill Climbers takes a look at the OLO's policy and research, parliamentary affairs, tour, stakeholder relations, caucus liaison and regional adviser teams.
Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie says she doesn’t think such a reconsideration is warranted yet, but could be if COVID-19 keeps Parliament away into the fall.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Hill Climbers has tallied a total of 19 staff departures from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s team since the 2019 election, and 14 recent hires.
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New additions to the minister’s team include senior policy advisers Kelsey MacDonald and Richard Léger.
Work inside the Centre Block building continues, but modifications have been made to workers’ daily schedules in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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