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Key directors hired in Labour Minister Tassi’s office

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Plus, Danielle Keenan has been named director of communications to Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger, among other recent hires.
By this winter, PSPC expects work to assess the state of the Centre Block building to be completed, with schematic design plans expected by spring.
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Erin Flanagan is director of climate, energy, and regulatory affairs, while Jamie MacDonald is director of nature conservation in the minister’s office.
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Plus, Andrée-Lyne Hallé has moved over to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office as deputy chief of staff and director of operations.
Federal court pay outs totalled roughly $28.1-million in 2018-19, including a roughly $10-million court award paid out by Global Affairs Canada under NAFTA’s Chapter 11.
Meanwhile, the foreign affairs ministerial team once again led travel spending in 2018-19, with a combined total of $221,111 expensed to Global Affairs Canada.
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Associate Finance Minister Mona Fortier has hired two of her now-former MP assistants to work in her new ministerial office.
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Plus, former finance staffer Alyx Holland has joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office as a senior policy adviser.
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Plus, PMO executive director of communications and planning Kate Purchase is leaving the Hill.
The House legal and legislative branch is seeking $825,105, in part to help reduce delays in drafting private members’ bills and amendments, from 48 sitting days to 30.
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Jeremy Broadhurst has been made chief of staff to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, but is also now considered a senior PMO staffer.
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.
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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.
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Plus, there have been a few recent staff departures from the Prime Minister’s Office.
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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.
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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.

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