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O’Toole gets his OLO in shape, names Bélanger as his deputy chief

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Veteran Conservative staffer Martin Bélanger will be working closely with new leader Erin O’Toole’s chief of staff, Tausha Michaud.

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole is pictured with the CPC's new national campaign manager, Fred DeLorey, and OLO chief of staff Tausha Michaud on their way to his first post-leadership caucus meeting on Sept. 9. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

New Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and team have been busy in recent weeks transitioning into the official opposition leader’s office and getting a new staff line-up in place, and recent decisions include naming Martin Bélanger as deputy chief of staff and Mélanie Paradis as director of communications.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com

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