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New session sees a few new staff in offices of ministers Bibeau, MacAulay

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Veterans Minister Lawrence MacAulay held onto their portfolios in the shuffle last November, but both have a few fresh faces in their offices.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers dives into Dominic LeBlanc’s new office as president of the Queen’s Privy Council, where Kevin Lavigne is now deputy chief of staff and operations director.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Other senior staff in the office include: Annie Lagueux, director of policy; Brook Simpson, director of parliamentary affairs; and Allison Chick, director of operations.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Geneviève Hinse is now chief of staff to Quebec lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez, whose team also now includes former Quebec MP Ramez Ayoub.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers dives into the team working in Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan’s new team.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at International Development Minister Karina Gould’s office, where Hanna Button has stayed on as director of policy.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough has similarly brought a number of staff from her old office as public services minister to her new post, including now-policy director Nicholas Kang.
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Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are more staffing changes to note in the Prime Minister’s Office, including the exit of Elyse Surette-DiMuzio, who’s now working for the Pete for America campaign south of the border.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at Seniors Minister Deb Schulte’s team.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, senior staff currently in Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos’ office include policy director Dylan Marando, communications director Karl Sasseville, and chief of staff Marjorie Michel.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Shaili Patel is policy director to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, while Samuel Yorke is running Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal’s policy shop.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, former Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey has joined the political staff ranks post-election and is now a senior adviser to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
Meanwhile, Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez is entering the new sitting with a director of Senate affairs, Kornelia Mankowski.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Danielle Keenan has been named director of communications to Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger, among other recent hires.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Erin Flanagan is director of climate, energy, and regulatory affairs, while Jamie MacDonald is director of nature conservation in the minister’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Andrée-Lyne Hallé has moved over to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office as deputy chief of staff and director of operations.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Associate Finance Minister Mona Fortier has hired two of her now-former MP assistants to work in her new ministerial office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, former finance staffer Alyx Holland has joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office as a senior policy adviser.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, PMO executive director of communications and planning Kate Purchase is leaving the Hill.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jeremy Broadhurst has been made chief of staff to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, but is also now considered a senior PMO staffer.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
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.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there have been a few recent staff departures from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Adam Carroll has moved over to Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna's office as chief of staff.
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Plus, Marc Roy will be staying on as chief of staff to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has dropped his chief of staff and director of communications.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
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.
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.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is down a deputy director, while Trade Minister Jim Carr is down a press secretary.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A couple of staff departures have taken place in the Prime Minister’s Office, including the exit of special assistant for policy Mark Calderaro.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Marjorie Michel, who only recently took over as chief of staff to Families Minister Duclos, has taken leave to serve as the Liberal Party’s Quebec campaign director.

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