This week, Marielle Hossack is leaving her current position as press secretary and senior communications adviser at the office of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough. She will embark on a new position as speechwriter in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) next week.
Hossack also worked as a part of Qualtrough’s team in other roles — initially as a communications adviser then as press secretary for the minister when the latter was in charge of the Public Services, Procurement, and Accessibility file. Before that, she was Qualtrough’s parliamentary assistant in 2017-18. She told iPolitics that working with Qualtrough and her team over the last four years has been “an honour and a privilege.”
In other press secretary news, Emelyana Titarenko announced on Twitter that Tuesday, was her last day as press secretary to Diversity and Inclusion and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger. She added that her “next stop” is working at Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna’s office. McKenna’s office confirmed to iPolitics that Titarenko will be the minister’s new press secretary. “I am so fortunate to have been able to spend my first year in politics working for such a driven and dedicated leader like Minister Chagger” Titarenko said.
Last Friday was Lucy Hargreaves’ last day as chief of staff to Associate Minister of Finance and Minister of Middle Class Prosperity Mona Fortier. Her shoes will be filled by Elizabeth Cheesbrough, who has moved into the acting chief of staff role while also continuing on as director of policy for Fortier’s office. Before joining Fortier’s office early last year as policy director, Cheesbrough worked as a senior policy adviser for erstwhile Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale. In her more than 20 years of experience working on Parliament Hill, Cheesbrough has also worked for the Liberal Research Bureau, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, and former Liberal cabinet ministers Joe Volpe and Andy Mitchell (the latter two under multiple portfolios).
Julie Savard-Shaw is also joining Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s policy team this week. According to her LinkedIn profile, this is not Savard-Shaw’s first time working for a government minister; her listed experience includes a stint as a policy adviser to the Infrastructure and Communities Minister in 2016 and as a member of the PMO policy team from 2016-18.