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Hall exits PMO for director role with Labour Minister Tassi

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand has a new chief of staff in her office.
Plus, recent reporting by the CBC has breathed new life into concerns over the government's judicial appointments process.
‘I’m living the dream,’ says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux of his regular House of Commons presence. With more than 550 House interventions so far this Parliament, he’s second only to the Speaker.
Workers are currently removing the painted canvas that lined the ceiling of the House of Commons Chamber and stained glass from the Memorial Chamber for restoration.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef has a new communications assistant, and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller recently hired Nicola Cox.
Public Services and Procurement Canada is planning to survey the public on its plans for Parliament Hill, something that wasn’t done ahead of renovations to either the West Block or the Senate of Canada Building.
Up to mid-September, the House of Commons has spent roughly $3.2-million related to COVID-19, according to chief financial officer Daniel Paquette.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Diversity Minister Bardish Chagger has a couple of new policy and regional affairs advisers on her team.
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Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
International Trade Minister Mary Ng has a new press secretary in her office, with Youmy Han recently replacing Ryan Nearing in the role.
Manitoba Senator Patricia Bovey is pushing to see more diversity represented in the art hanging throughout the building the Upper Chamber calls home, calling the new display the ‘first iteration’ of those efforts.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, special advisers Leslie O’Leary and Mike McNair both recently marked their last day in the Prime Minister’s Office, again.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Fran?ois-Philippe Champagne hires Daniel Lauzon, Lawrence MacAulay hires Patricia Beh, and Mélanie Joly names her director of parliamentary affairs, Sandra Aubé, as her acting chief of staff.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Veteran Conservative staffer Martin Bélanger will be working closely with new leader Erin O’Toole’s chief of staff, Tausha Michaud.
Plus, the Senate Internal Economy Committee is meeting today to discuss financial compensation for former employees to ex-senator Don Meredith.
Political strategists say they expect a mini-budget or beefed-up economic statement before year’s end, something former PBO Kevin Page says ‘can’t wait’ until next spring.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay recently promoted Cameron McNeill to press secretary, among a number of other recent political staffing moves.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, press secretary Maéva Proteau recently left the finance minister’s office to take over as director of communications to Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Liberal research bureau has a new communications director, and there are a couple of staff departures from the Conservative OLO to note.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair is in need of a new director of communications after Brittany Perreault’s exit.
‘The pressure is that much higher on whoever is selected the new leader to really hit the road as fast as possible and go out on tour and start introducing themselves to Canadians,’ says Andrew Brander.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Cheryl Cardinal has a new job in Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand's office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
After more than a year in the role, Jim Kapches recently exited his post as director of litigation to the justice minister.
Spending by Members of Parliament totalled $144.7-million in 2019-20, a roughly 4.3 per cent decrease from 2018-19.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Michael McNair has rejoined the Prime Minister’s office on a temporary basis, serving as a special adviser on the economic response to COVID-19.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Government House Leader and Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez has hired a new director of operations and outreach for his latter office.
Team Sloan is led by former Scheer staffer Paula Iturri, and includes Ashley Brown as tour director and Daniel Paolini, who’s currently a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party executive.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
On the flip side, former PMO staffer John Power has returned the Hill to join Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains’ team.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mathée Warnett is a new special assistant to Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly.
The PMO declined to provide a specific breakdown of self-identified Black staffers among cabinet offices when asked, but says it plans to circulate further voluntary surveys to better understand its staff ‘later this sum
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, John O’Leary has exited as director of strategic communications in the Liberal research bureau and joins Crestview Strategy as a senior consultant this week.
Meanwhile, despite COVID-19 causing the cancellation of this year's Calgary Stampede, two fireworks shows to mark the occasion are planned and will be streamed online, the first of which takes place tonight.

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