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Monsef names new policy director, plus staffing changes for Health Minister Hajdu

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Helen Gao has joined the health minister’s office as a policy adviser, and Joanna Lam has been hired as a regional affairs adviser for the West and North.

Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef, pictured during a press conference on Nov. 9, 2020, recently hired Diana Mendes as her new director of policy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef recently named a new director of policy in her office, with Diana Mendes moving over from National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office to take up the post. 

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Liberals held a virtual election readiness ‘2021 kick-off call’ with caucus, ridings, and campaign managers last week

News|By Abbas Rana
The Jan. 18 online meeting was a regular monthly meeting aimed to update MPs and riding volunteers about 'party’s tools and resources to stay connected with Canadians in virtual ways that respect public health guidelines,' says Braeden Caley, senior director, communication with the Liberal Party

Former innovation minister Bains was most-lobbied minister in 2020

Mr. Bains, who was lobbied 214 times in 2020, took the top spot from the 2019 leader, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Julie Payette resigns as governor general after investigation into workplace harassment at Rideau Hall, Trudeau says her replacement will be named in ‘due course’

Apologizing for 'tensions' that became public over the last months, Julie Payette said that 'we all experience things differently, but we should always strive to do better, and be attentive to one another’s perceptions.'

Parties ramping up candidate nominations across Canada as election threat looms

Quebec is expected to once again be a key electoral battleground, spurred on by the Bloc Québécois’ resurgence in 2019, with multiple candidates already nominated in three target ridings.

Correctional Service ‘abdicating’ responsibility in Quebec woman’s murder, say critics of response to internal report

The killing of Marylène Lévesque by a parolee in January 2020 was a ‘catastrophic failure, which is tantamount to a wrongful death,’ says prison watchdog Ivan Zinger.

Payette’s resignation yet another self-inflicted wound for Trudeau Liberals, say former senior Grits

News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau should take his time and follow a proper screening process in choosing Julie Payette’s successor, says Prof. Donald Savoie.

Sloan’s ouster should have come earlier, say Conservative observers

News|By Palak Mangat
'Since his election, Mr. Sloan has conducted a master class of bigotry and bullying,' says Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay, who served as a top aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper.

Conservative caucus votes to expel Sloan, former contender for party leadership

News|By Beatrice Paez
He faced potential expulsion last year during the leadership race over comments he made that appeared to question whether chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who is of Asian descent, was a pawn of China.

Employment numbers ‘devastating,’ indicate ‘very profound’ economic crisis brewing, says NDP MP Julian

News|By Mike Lapointe
Employment numbers in Canada have dropped for the first time since April 2020, when record government spending began propping up the job market. Observers say they're not surprised by the decrease.
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