Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Meet Your OLO All-Stars

People voters have never heard of, replaced by DIFFERENT people voters have never heard of - film at 11!

Dear Liberal Colleagues,

Today is my first day on the job as Chief of Staff in Mr. Ignatieff’s office and I am delighted to be back on the Hill and part of the Liberal Team.

As Mr. Ignatieff has said, we have a lot of work ahead of us to earn the confidence and support of all those Canadians who want a strong alternative to the Harper Conservatives. I look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with all of you – and with Liberals across Canada - in the months ahead in earning that support.

Indeed, as with any winning effort, to succeed we must work as a team, a disciplined and determined team. To that end, I am very pleased to announce the new senior staff compliment in the OLO. This is a very seasoned group of proven individuals with a wide breadth of experience in politics and the wider public sphere. Moreover, as you will see from the organization chart, the emphasis will be, as it must, on clear lines of authority and responsibility as well as accountability for execution and results.


Principal Secretary – Jean Marc Fournier
Jean Marc was the Liberal Member for the riding of Chateauguay in the Quebec National Assembly from 1994 to 2008. He served, respectively, as Opposition Whip and, later, as Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Education, Minister of Revenue, and House Leader in the governments of Premier Jean Charest. After deciding not to seek re-election in 2008, Jean Marc was a senior advisor to Mr. Charest in the election that saw the Charest government return to majority status. As Principal Secretary, Jean Marc will provide senior strategic counsel to Mr. Ignatieff.

Chief Operating Officer – Patricia Sorbara
Pat is one of the most experienced Liberal organizers and logistics experts in Canada. She was a senior member on the staffs of Ontario Premier David Peterson and his ministers. She served as Chief Returning Officer for the Liberal Party of Canada in the hard-fought 2006 Leadership Convention. In 1997, Pat co-founded Advanced Utility Systems, a software company she very successfully built and later sold in 2006. As COO, Pat will be responsible for the entire operations of the OLO, with all directors reporting to her. She will report directly to me.

Director of the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau and Senior Policy Advisor to the Leader– Brian Bohunicky
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Brian served in the Chretien government as an aide to Lloyd Axworthy and as Chief of Staff to David Anderson during the latter’s time both as Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Transport. He has worked in provincial and federal Liberal campaigns in both Manitoba and British Columbia. Since 2000, Brian has been a public servant in four successive departments, most recently Agriculture Canada. Brian also holds a Rhodes Scholarship from Oxford University. In his new capacities, Brian will hold two roles: As Director of the LCRB, he will report to the Liberal Caucus Executive, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Leader, he will report within the new OLO structure.

Director of Communications – Mario Laguë
Mario served as a communication aide to Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa and as Quebec’s representative in Venezuela and Mexico. In the Government of Canada, Mario has been DG Communications in Inter-Governmental Affairs, and he served for five years as ADM Communications in the Privy Council Office – the highest communications function in the federal public service. In 2004, Mario served as Director of Communications for Prime Minister Paul Martin. He subsequently served as Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica, and most recently, as head of global communications for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest environmental organization, based in Switzerland. Mario will hold responsibility for all OLO communications, including the Press Office.

Director of Operations – Sachin Aggarwal
Sachin has been in the OLO since 2008. He was National Director of Operations in Michael Ignatieff’s 2006 leadership campaign and managed Mr. Ignatieff’s two successful campaigns for Parliament in Etobicoke Lakeshore in 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the OLO, Sachin practiced corporate law at Torys LLP in Toronto.

Director of Legislative Affairs – Jeremy Broadhurst
Jeremy has been in the OLO since 2006. He has served as senior policy advisor under Liberal leaders Bill Graham, Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Jeremy entered government in 2004, when Mr. Graham was Defence Minister. He also boasts practical political experience, serving as Mr. Graham’s campaign manager in the 2004 and 2006 elections. Jeremy holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, and was an associate with the law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto. Jeremy will be the OLO lead on all matters pertaining to Parliamentary strategies and tactics, working in close coordination with the Opposition House and Senate Leader’s offices.

Caucus Liaison – Karen Redman
Karen was MP for Kitchener Centre from 1997 to 2008. She has served as both Chief Government Whip and Chief Opposition Whip, as well as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the environment. In her decade on the Hill, Karen was one of the most respected and hard-working Members of Parliament in Ottawa. Karen is already nominated to be the Liberal candidate in the next federal election. Her strong and deep ties with her former – and future – caucus colleagues will ensure maximum coordination between the OLO and MPs and Senators.

Party Liaison – Heather Chiasson
Heather has been involved with the Liberal Party since the early eighties. She has been a member of the National Executive, representing Atlantic Canada. Since 1992, Heather has been a constant and steadfast presence at the LPC National Office, first as a volunteer, later as a staffer. Heather has also been vice chair of a crown corporation for 8 years and has also served on a variety of NGO and Community Boards. In her new role, Heather will serve as a link for the OLO – and, importantly, for Mr. Ignatieff personally – with the National Office, the National Campaign Committee and active Liberals across Canada.

Executive Assistant to the Leader – Jim Pimblett
Jim served as EA to Prime Minister Paul Martin from 2003 to 2006 – the perfect, high-pressure, high-performance experience for his OLO responsibilities. Prior to joining Mr. Martin’s staff, Jim was Director of Tour and Events in the office of then-Ontario Opposition Leader Dalton McGuinty. He has an MBA from Queens University and was working as a management consultant prior to joining the OLO. Jim will travel with Mr. Ignatieff and be responsible for Mr. Ignatieff’s schedule.

These appointments, with one exception, are effective immediately. Brian Bohunicky will join the team on December 7.

In Michael Ignatieff, we Liberals have a leader of truly international standing. He understands the huge, long term economic challenges our country is facing – and the tremendous human cost they are already exacting across Canada under a callous, uncaring, incompetent government. And he knows that our future depends on innovative thinking and caring, engaged leadership to enable our country to secure the industries and jobs of tomorrow - and the prosperity and the strong, vital social programs that go with them.

Our job in the OLO is to help Mr. Ignatieff and his Liberal Team across Canada bring that message of hope and change to Canadians in the months ahead.

Peter Donolo

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  • This is good news. A more successful OLO means a more successful Parliament. I'm happy to see Karen Redman joining the ranks, she definitely is well-suited to her new role. Looking forward to seeing how these changes will translate into better performance.

    By Blogger ChrisInKW, at 7:01 p.m.  

  • Good team . .. heavy Ontario and Quebec representation but screw the rest of the country.

    Denis Coderre is smiling . . .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 p.m.  

  • Fred:

    From the press release, I gathered that Brian Bohunicky was born and raised in Winnipeg. Also, I believe Warren Kinsella is a native Albertan. Do you know of any other seasoned Ottawa veterans from other parts of Canada? Maybe Mr. Donolo overlooked some.

    By Blogger ChrisInKW, at 8:21 p.m.  

  • If Kinsella is Albertan then Harper is from Ontario!! Hah!

    By Blogger The Rat, at 8:37 p.m.  

  • Both are true. Mr. Harper values his Toronto roots, as evidenced by his high school reunion attendance.

    By Blogger ChrisInKW, at 8:39 p.m.  

  • I think we can all agree that Harpercrites are now going to have many sleepless nights over this new OLO. He has killed enough Canadians through incompetence and Republican-style smear tactics.

    Canadians crave a new government. Let's hope this new OLO topples the Harper government and puts Ignatieff in charge ASAP.

    By Anonymous Ignatieff will make Canada better than Sweden, at 9:27 p.m.  

  • '...and the tremendous human cost they are already exacting across Canada under a callous, uncaring, incompetent government...'

    I see the new guy is sticking to the 'evil heartless do nothing Harper Government' and 'hopey changey'
    as the Libs main themes for rallying the grassroots.
    Green jobs jobs jobs still on the agenda too?
    MI and Holland coming to Edmonton soon, to tell us how those green jobs gluing together windmills and solar panels will replace the dirty tarsands jobs,
    and we will all be happy?

    By Blogger wilson, at 9:34 p.m.  

  • "People voters have never heard of, replaced by DIFFERENT people voters have never heard of."

    Sorry, but I guess being from Calgary blinds one from the fact that #1 on the list is actually a huge public pick up from QC, as Fournier is a former Gov't house leader for Charest, and a good friend of the three provincial MNAs that touch my riding...

    This solidifies a strong tie between the PLQ and the PLC...now to see how it plays out...

    By Blogger EB-5 Dreamlife, at 9:58 p.m.  

  • this is pretty big,

    while Fournier and Marc Andre Blanchard were providing advice to the leader, having a principal secretary and the Director of Comms from Quebec is significant

    Lets not forget Donolo is a native Montrealer as well...

    The other difference is the experience this team has and their ability to win.

    The biggest knock on the Keystone Cops operation that was Iggy Leadership 2006 is that it was all a bunch of noobs who never won squat...

    They didnt win in 2006 largely in part to their inexperience. 2008 was won by default. That group still had yet to win anything and an election is a baptism in fire that they didnt need.

    Winning is important. Donolo, Fournier, Sorbara, Lague and company know how to do that. Harper and co are worried...and it will begin to show soon enough

    By Blogger Anthony, at 12:27 a.m.  

  • I'm really NOT impressed by the invocation of "hope and change" at the end of this note. It seems a blatant rip-off of Obama's election mantra; while it worked for him, it was partly due to the actual socio-economic conditions at the time.

    A winning "formula" can't just be plugged into every subsequent election. A better approach would be to develop policy that resonates with peoples' current needs.

    By Blogger Party of One, at 6:54 a.m.  

  • Since Obama was the first politician to ever promise "hope" or "change"...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:30 a.m.  

  • Finally the adults have taken over OLO. No more pointy shoe-ed kids!
    Why is Sachin Aggarwal still around? Surely Mitchel Raphael can find another interest for his weekly pics.
    Good job Iggy!!

    By Anonymous OutremontLib, at 12:07 p.m.  

  • CG, that still doesn't alter my point that jumping on a "hope and change" bandwagon isn't as good as developing a unique meme for campaigning under.

    By Blogger Party of One, at 3:57 p.m.  

  • Hey,the L.P.OC really is into the recycling thing.As far as putting fear into anyone with this team all I hear is a collective nation wide yawn.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:57 p.m.  

  • Really Anon 7:57???; nation wide eh?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 p.m.  

  • I hope they all covered their mouth.

    By Blogger ChrisInKW, at 10:12 p.m.  

  • If I were Donolo I would send out a one-point memo about now.

    1. Get some policies.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 10:18 p.m.  

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