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Guy Giorno leaving PMO

Stephen Harper’s chief of staff will reportedly step down before the end of the year


Stephen Harper is losing his famously reclusive right-hand man. Guy Giorno, who has served as Harper’s chief of staff since July 2008 will reportedly leave the job before the end of year. The news of Giorno’s departure comes as the Conservatives are struggling to regain their footing after recent scandals over the census, Afghan detainees, the gun registry, and other issues. Giorno, a former top adviser to Mike Harris during the Progressive Conservative premier’s reign in Ontario, was often accused of engaging in sharply divisive politics, though he’s also been credited as the architect behind the federal government’s “Economic Action Plan” and with imposing a disciplined approach inside the PMO. His departure was reportedly motivated by the recent birth of his second child.

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  1. The supporters of Harper complain about biased language in the media. When you read the word scandal next to census and gun registry, it's hard not to see their point. Controversy, sure. Debate, of course. Strong differences of opinion, naturally. But it's hard to put them next to scandal.

    • I have seen some references to the Census scandal, but they were in reference to Clement's dishonesty. I agree that a politician lying hardly constitutes a major scandal, but I would consider Clement's behaviour scandalous. I don't recall the gun registry being described as scandal except by Rex Murphy in a derisive manner.

      I am sure given the nature of the media today that the uses you describe exist, but do that actually exist in a mainstream news piece as opposed to an opinion piece?

      • Stewart, the map is not the terrain. In other words the descriptions in the media of what is or is not "scandal" are not objective measures. Rather, they are subjective interpretations of real events through the reporter's perceptual screen. No matter how many reporters say black is white (consensus), the reality is that actions are actions. Interpretation of the action is based on moral/political philosophy. Applying a moral/poltical philosophy to a concrete system, such as the law of the land as expressed in our written and unwritten constitutional conventions, is akin to taking a knife to gun fight. Politicians of all stripes dream and scheme. It is supposed to be up to DOJ and the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee to ensure citizen rights are protected. Failing that it is up to the courts. From my perspective, we citizens are being failed by all of our "safety nets" because too many in positions where they should know better are failing in their primary feduciary duty to protect our rights as citizens, while claiming to protect our rights as consumers. We are not supposed to be wards of the state, we are supposed to be free men.

    • Sorry but Tony Clement's behavior can only be described as scandalous.

  2. One year is a remarkably short tenure for a Chief of Staff. For a junior Minister, sure, but for a PM or a Cabinet Minister?

    I think he jumped, and not for family reasons.

    • 1. He became CoS in July 1st, 2008 so he has been Chief of Staff for over two years.

      2. His tenure is about typical:
      * Derek Burney, 1987-1989 (Mulroney)
      * Stanley Hartt, 1989-1990 (Mulroney)
      * Norman Spector, 1990-1992 (Mulroney)
      * Hugh Segal, 1992-1993 (Mulroney)[1]
      * David McLaughlin, 1993 (Mulroney)
      * Jodi White, 1993 (Campbell)
      * Jean Pelletier, 1993-2001 (Chrétien)
      * Percy Downe, 2001-2003 (Chrétien)
      * Edward Goldenberg, 2003 (Chrétien)
      * Tim Murphy, 2003-2006 (Martin)
      * Ian Brodie, 2006-2008 (Harper)
      * Guy Giorno, 2008-present (Harper)

      • clearly Jean Pelletier's tenure really skews the record and the memory!

        • A lot of things work that way. For instance, we tend to view minority governments as an aberration, although a good percentage of Canadian elections produced minority governments (since 1945 9/21 elections produced minority governments), . However, because they tend not to last long we assume it is a sign that the system is not working.

          • why do you have to complicate my life!

          • Ah. I'd blanked out on the Mulroney years. My bad. Thanks for the reminder.

            Still, though, Chretien and beyond (isn't that a bathroom shop? Bed, Chretien & Beyond?) it's still a short ish run.

          • with FACTS nonetheless, the last refuge for those lacking the imagination to spin.

          • approve!

  3. Very well said.

  4. thanks from me too, I appreciate your thoughtful contributions as much as Olaf and Stewart's wits.

  5. So now the question is, who will take Giornio's place?

    • A Frazier Institute wannabe

      • When Korys SUNTV experiment fails, I presume he will be looking for a new gig.

  6. Wow, hoser, if you aren't a politician, you should be. You've provided a pretty comprehensive strategy here. I don't agree with a few, but you've nailed down some pretty consistent right-of-centre policies.

    Harper is too stubborn to consider many of these changes.

  7. Hoser, on just points 5,6 and 7 I think you are making a serious though understandable error in logic and understanding. Canada and the US have profoundly different legal systems than the EU (or Mexico). Although given little respect in actual practise, the Canadian and American systems of law are "black list law jurisdictions" where essentially all is allowed, unless there is justifiable cause to restrict both enumerated and assumed rights. The EU (and Mexican) systems are "white list law jurisdictions" where permission (and licence) are required before enterprises or products can be marketed. Which system has shown a higher proclivity for corruption? Innovation? Success?

    As to HRCs, could there possibly be a small but vocal and oh so influential lobby that wants to keep their freedom squelching witch hunters to protect their interests from scrutiny and comment, even at the risk of throwing out the baby with the bathwater? See R&D.

  8. All good points, but I would note that there are, in fact, ongoing and active negotiations with the EU on a free trade agreement. The full-bore negotiations are having their fifth and what is supposed to be final round of meetings in October. That is supposed to result in a draft agreement. Cue the moaning and wailing from union and farm groups.

  9. I say he jumped. Giorno is betting that the end is nigh. The PMO is indeed in turmoil. It serves everyone to act like Giorno was pushed.

  10. Harper will probably try to make Giorno the next CRTC top guy so Harper and KKKory can get their Faux News Propaganda Network.