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22 May

2014

Minister of Industry

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Great breakfast with the Marc-Oliver Fortin (youngest ever member to be elected to the national council), Minister of Industry the Hon. James Moore and the local Montreal constituency association. Afterwards I tagged along with Minister Moore to an announcement of an additional $1.3M funding to Canadian start up accelerators & incubators.

22 May

2014

Minister of Foreign Affairs

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After having a lengthy chat with the Chief of Staff about campaign strategies and Ottawa politics I was able to meet with John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister Baird had recently been labelled the ‘beacon for the free world’ after his strong stance on Russian sanctions over the Ukraine situation. Minister Baird even has […]

22 May

2014

Australian High Commission

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The High Commission and the Deputy High Commission in Ottawa. We talked about Australian diplomacy and the work of the High Commission. The shovel on the wall featured in the photo is the shovel used by John Howard to turn the first sod of the residence. P.S: looking at the export figures, Canadians really enjoy […]

22 May

2014

President of the Treasury Board

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Talking government waste with President of the Treasury Board, Tony Clement. The ‘Canadian TaxSlayer’ was able to lift productivity through cloud computing whilst reducing the public sector by 20,000. This was incredibly insightful and educational for a cross section of my interests, namely, the ability to increase the quality of public service using less and the […]

22 May

2014

Colin Robertson & Public Policy Forum

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A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is a Senior Strategic Advisor for McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP living in Ottawa, Canada and working with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public […]

22 May

2014

Tour of Canadian Parliament

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Rob Anders MP was able to take me on a personal tour of parliament after meeting with his staff and talking about his Ministerial duties. Rob was a very knowledgeable and passionate about the building and was able to talk length about the history and significance of features. For instance, did you know that the […]

21 May

2014

Student Advocacy Workshop

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After meeting Preston Manning of the Manning Foundation I was invited back to give a student election workshop to the twenty young members who has just started their internship programs. We covered policy, fundraising, campaigning, advocacy and efficient delivery of student services. The group told me shocking stories of waste and mismanagement from the Socialist […]

05 May

2014

On the hustings with WildRose

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The Wildrose Party, named after the provincial flower, is a conservative party in Alberta, Canada. They are a grassroots movement advocating for smaller government, fiscal restraint, electoral reform and jobs creation. I spent two days with previous Calgary-Bow candidate Tim Dyck where we door-knocked (yes, in the snow), mailed newsletters, met campaign managers and talked […]

05 May

2014

Manning Centre for Building Democracy

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Today I met with Preston Manning & Mike Martin from the Manning Centre of Building Democracy. Centre creator, Preston ‘living legend’ Manning PC CC AOE is son of Alberta’s 8th premier and also founder of the Canadian Reform Party (now Conservative Party). Preston’s chief policy advisor was University of Calgary student, Stephen Harper, who is […]

05 May

2014

Leaving California for Calgary

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Trading sun for snow I’m leaving San Francisco, California for Calgary in Canada! Calgary is a very QLD-like western town in the Alberta province most famous for its natural resources, beef and Calgary Stampede (touted as the worlds largest rodeo). It is also the birthplace of Canadian Conservative PM, Steven Harper and the Conservative WildRose […]