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GiornoWatch: Afternoon of the medium-length knives

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(To read the early edition of GiornoWatch, click here.)

The latest from Langevin Block:

Mark Cameron won’t have to worry about being lonely when he sets up shop in the shiny new Office of Plans and Priorities. He’ll soon be joined by former deputy communications director Christine Csversko, as well as Bob Klager, until recently director of planning over at the People’s Republic of Patrick Muttart. What will they be doing? Your guess is as good as ours. (Really,  “plans and priorities”? Was “stuff and things” already taken?)

Meanwhile, over at Communications, the survivors from last week’s purge are about to be colonized by Muttart’s advancing army at Strategic Planning, although we’re told that Jenni Byrne will take over some of the more menial – but essential – tasks, including the all-important talking points, as well as media lines and other messaging basics. That would fit nicely under her current bailiwick at Issues Management, although it’s not clear whether she, or Muttart will have the final say on overall communications strategy. Come to think of it,  what about Kory Teneycke? Will he become little more than a glorified press secretary? Anyway, none of this would seem to auger well as far as the promise of increased freedom for ministers’ offices, but there’s many a slip ‘twixt org chart and lip.

Comments/questions/inside info? Bring ’em on.

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