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Minister Monsef’s press secretary joins justice minister’s office

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Célia Canon is one of two recent additions to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s political staff team.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP Kent Hehr gets hitched, and another Grit has announced he will be the man to try—again—to win Ben Lobb's seat in the House.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
A public figure can use Autopen, a signing machine, to offer the aura of personal touch without actually providing it.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, a new book on one of the country's darkest hours is being published, and Canada's longest tenured Senator says goodbye to the Upper Chamber.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Many Ontario residents are non-too pleased that their tax dollars are being spent on pro-government propaganda by the Ontario PC government, which is far from the only government to fund politically-tinged ads.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada's aging society will pressure the new minister to find better solutions for housing, health care, and post-retirement income for seniors, writes David Crane.
Opinion
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will have to decide whether to discipline a member of his caucus who, in some circles, is more popular than he is, writes Chantal Hébert.
Hill Life & People
News|By Neil Moss
Government and Hill spokespeople ducked questions about moving controversial statues on Parliament Hill.
News|By Emily Haws
The PCO clerk will be asking those hovering around retirement age if they can commit to seeing through the post-election craziness, says former PBO Kevin Page.
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.
Now without the MRIA, a lack of oversight will turn the industry into a ‘wild west,’ says one pollster, but another suggests the general public doesn’t care.
News|By Emily Haws
Fewer than 10 of 84 deputy ministers and associate DMs identify as visible minorities.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, a new account of the lead up to an October month in 1970 that terrorized Canada, and Veteran Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan reneges on immigration tweet.
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 Neil Moss
Also, NDP MP Matthew Dubé joins in on the 2018 wedding season, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be losing his 'cool' cachet in Pakistan.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Ashley Wright is Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s new director of policy, among other changes.
News|By Jolson Lim
The former president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation is running on the NDP ticket in Outremont, seen as a symbolic battleground for both the NDP and Liberals.
Feature|By Emily Haws
More moves could be coming in the near future, said a former government executive, as those thinking of retirement will likely do so before the transition starts for the 2019 election.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, former Tory MP Ed Holder joins a growing list of former MPs seeking to be mayors.
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 Neil Moss
Plus, Conservative MP Peter Van Loan will leave the House next month after more than a decade of public service.
Ex-Tory interim leader Rona Ambrose and Laureen Harper are behind a new Alberta group, while MP Niki Ashton has launched an online campaign school for the NDP.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the status of women minister has hired a former Miss World Canada national finalist as her operations aide.
The post-cabinet shuffle weeks are a ‘particularly emotionally exhausting time for staff, both personally and also professionally,’ says former Tory staffer Chris McCluskey.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Frédéric Seppey, chief agricultural negotiator, Steve Verheul, chief NAFTA negotiator, and Paul Halucha, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at ISED, round out the top three.
The group was ‘contributing to helping to build a broader conservative infrastructure outside of the Conservative Party,’ says MP Michael Cooper.
News|By Jolson Lim
The Senate's report is the latest study in recent months to highlight the failure of the Phoenix pay system, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of backlogged pay files for public servants.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Graham Steele talks about his book, The Effective Citizen: How to Make Politicians Work for You, and how he explores 'the last frontier of politics, inside the politician's head.'
'People don’t pay my salary to be polite,' says Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, her party's immigration critic and political scrapper.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Former PM Stephen Harper is canvassing for the United Conservative Party candidate in his riding.
Of 51 government bills passed to date, 32 don’t have any reference to how individual Senators voted at any stage in the Senate Chamber.

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