Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Who you know in the OLO

Ignatieff's office begins to take shape, with a lot of familiar names, from Aggarwal to Zed...

[Ignatieff] has yet to hire a chief of staff to run his office. But insiders say former New Brunswick MP Paul Zed will effectively take on that role – without the title – until a permanent top aide can be found.

Ian Davey, who was instrumental in wooing Mr. Ignatieff back to Canada from Harvard and who ran his 2006 leadership campaign, has been named principal secretary.

Sachin Aggarwal, operations director during the leadership campaigns, will take on the job of deputy chief of staff.

Jill Fairbrother and Leslie Church, both of whom handled media relations for Mr. Ignatieff's leadership bids, will share communications responsibilities in the Opposition leader's office as well.

Rocco Rossi, CEO of Ontario's Heart and Stroke Foundation, is expected to assume the party's top administrative job, replacing Greg Fergus.

Don Guy, a former chief of staff to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, is expected to be named campaign director while Warren Kinsella will manage the war room, as he's done in the past for Mr. McGuinty and former prime minister Jean Chrétien.



  • "But can any of them work a camcorder?"


    By Blogger penlan, at 9:05 a.m.  

  • It's going to be interesting what Ignatieff does with Gerard.

    If he is smart, he will keep him close and use him in important portfolios like McGuinty did - as critic of Health and then Education - while the Ontario provincial Liberals were in Opposition.

    By Blogger MississaugaPeter, at 9:18 a.m.  

  • Nice one Dan, that is one of my all-time favourite Liberal sayings:

    "For too long now, in the Liberal party, all that has mattered is who do you know in the OLO"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:57 a.m.  

  • "For too long now, in the Liberal party, all that has mattered is who do you know in the OLO"

    Yes, we really should replace that with PMO as soon as possible...

    By Blogger Jeff, at 10:32 a.m.  

  • I don't believe Warren ever manged the war room for Jean.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:38 a.m.  

  • Didn't Warren do the war room in 2000 for Chretien?

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:08 a.m.  

  • I don't know much about Rocco Rossi but I'm definitely looking forward to the commercials for the earlybird deadline for the Liberal Party lotteries.

    By Blogger Bailey, at 11:15 a.m.  

  • Leslie Church! Great pick. I remember sparring with her at the UofA Model Parliament 10 years ago and Question Period and bill debates. She was the PM and I was the opposition leader. Good to see she's very involved.

    By Blogger Mike B., at 1:20 p.m.  

  • I don't know Leslie Church well, but everyone I've talked to speaks very highly of her.

    And getting Don Guy + Kinsella on board for the election team is a very good move.

    Rossi sounds intriguing - hopefully it's a sign fundraising will be a top priority.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:51 p.m.  

  • Didn't think he did 2000 but could easily be wrong. Though, in any case Warren is always good to have on side.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:09 p.m.  

  • Wow, it used to the Liberal Party of Canada, then it was reduced to the Liberal Party of Ontario and now the rump leftover id the Liberal Party of Toronto.

    Continue the great work. Canada needs even less of the LPC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:29 p.m.  

  • Camcorder? Are you sure it wasn't a cellphone camera?

    And here I thought Iggy had his team in place ages ago.

    By Blogger Paul, at 4:53 p.m.  

  • I've known Church for almost a decade now. She's fairly talented, not to mention fun to be around. She's a Liberal, to be sure, but she's also an Albertan. I'm curious as to how she takes to being called part of the top-heavy Toronto crowd.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:23 p.m.  

  • Didn't Warren do the war room in 2000 for Chretien?

    He worked in the war room, but I don't believe he led/ran it.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11:11 a.m.  

  • On Warren Kinsella's site, the quotation from the Sun says he ran war rooms for both J.C. and Dalton.. so I don't think he'd put up the quotation on his page if it weren't factual.

    By Blogger m5slib, at 10:30 a.m.  

  • long have you been reading the Lying Jackal?

    But it is, with that lone exception, a good and interesting group. Missing an obvious Scott Reid so the last ten seats are likely safe.

    Just so I have the Enclave right: Ian would be Keith's son and Jill would be Joyce's daughter?

    The Family Compact lives!

    By Blogger Jay Currie, at 1:32 a.m.  

  • This can't truly have success, I suppose so.

    By Anonymous, at 6:05 p.m.  

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