Waiting for the new Guy
As we're reporting today in the Star, it's all but official - Ian Brodie is out as chief of staff to the Prime Minister and Guy Giorno, a former chief of staff to Mike Harris, is in. Though there's no news release yet, we heard last night that celebrations were already under way at a pub on Elgin Street in Ottawa.
Many people inside the Ottawa bubble will be looking to see whether Giorno's appointment will usher in any changes in tone or style or substance in the capital. Perhaps the most interested people will be lobbyists, since Giorno has, since leaving Harris's office, become an expert in lobbying law. Not so long ago, he was issuing criticism of the Harper government for failing to crack down on the lobbying that occurs after work hours - like, say, in pubs on Elgin Street.
"The public is actually probably more interested in what happens at a bar or restaurant at nine at night than what happens in a boardroom at nine in the morning," Giorno was quoted as saying in a Canadian Press report in January.
Here's a lengthy description of Giorno's credentials on the lobbying front.
Giorno, it seems, doesn't do much lobbying himself. Here's what comes up when you search his name in the federal Lobby Register.