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Yan Plante back among Conservative staff on the Hill

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains recently hired new aides.
Science Minister Kirsty Duncan recently bade farewell to her press secretary, Ann Marie Paquet.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are a flurry of staff changes in the LRB, including former Ontario Liberal staffer Kevin Den Heijer’s addition as special assistant for Ontario regional affairs.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Two new political aides recently joined Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers has left the Prime Minister’s Office to take over as communications director to Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has a new adviser in his office, and recently gave his director of policy, Justin To, the added title of deputy chief of staff.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Marc-André Leclerc has officially taken over as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s permanent chief of staff.
Two former Ontario Liberal staffers recently joined the Prime Minister’s Office, and another has landed in Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan’s office.
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Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Daniel Pujdak is Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett’s new director of policy.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at who’s who in the Liberal, Conservative, and NDP House Leaders and Whips offices.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the fisheries minister has a new parliamentary affairs director, Stephanie Choeurng.
Emilie Simard, previously director of communications to the heritage minister, has joined Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the natural resources, environment, and infrastructure ministers are all seeing staff changes.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Stevie O’Brien has been named chief of staff to new Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Kristina Molloy is now a director of policy for accessibility to Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Célia Canon is one of two recent additions to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s political staff team.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Also, Amitpal Singh has left the Prime Minister’s Office to join Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s team as a special assistant for policy.
Policy adviser Dan Lussier has joined new International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr’s office, along with fellow-Manitoba-native Jeff Kovalik-Plouffe.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Ashley Wright is Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s new director of policy, among other changes.
A number of staffing changes have taken place in the Prime Minister’s Office, including some related to the recent cabinet shuffle. More changes are expected to come by the end of August.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the status of women minister has hired a former Miss World Canada national finalist as her operations aide.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mackenzie Radan has been working for Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr since March 2016, most recently as a policy adviser and issues manager.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
While Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recently tapped Alexander Steinhouse to fill in as her acting director of parliamentary affairs.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a new interim communications director in her office, as her permanent D. Comms takes maternity leave.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Veteran staffer Lucio Durante is now senior director, national field at the federal Liberal Party’s headquarters in Ottawa, helping to get the party ready for 2019.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A number of staffing changes have happened in the Liberal research bureau, also known as the LRB, in recent weeks.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Former PMO senior adviser John Zerucelli is set to become vice president of public affairs for Universal Music Canada in Toronto.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Olivier Auger has left Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s office, among other recent staff departures.
Hill Climbers rounds up the six former Conservative staffers and five former Conservatives MPs who were elected to sit in the Ontario legislature on June 7.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, ex-PMO appointments adviser Juniors Damy is now working in the office of the Department of National Defence’s corporate secretary, under another former political staffer.
Lea MacKenzie, former chief of staff to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, has been appointed a special adviser on Indigenous issues for Canada’s permanent mission to the UN.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
With 43 years on the Hill, Krissy Côté, an assistant to Conservative MP Mel Arnold, is the longest-serving staffer.

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