For example, in 2007 Andy Coulson, News of the World Editor resigned over Phone Hacking allegations, then he became Britain's Conservative Party's Director of Communications under leader David Cameron.
Turning the page from Britain to Canada to British Columbia:
The new media strategy is fronted by a new communications director, Sara MacIntyre, who used to work in the Prime Minister’s Office under Stephen Harper.
MacIntyre raised hackles at an event Tuesday when she started using a Harper style of media management, calling on reporters from a list of names rather than allowing a more traditional scrum.
"When I say your name, please make your way to the microphone," MacIntyre said.
No follow-up questions were allowed, which contrasted to Clark’s practice of much of the past year when the new premier would rarely pass up an opportunity to talk extensively with reporters.
MacIntyre is the third hire from among the ranks of former PMO staffers.
Ken Boessenkool, who served as senior policy advisor and strategist to Harper, is the premier's new chief of staff, and Dimitri Pantazopoulos, the former Harper pollster, has been named principal secretary. - CBC - B.C.'s Christy Clark marks 'tough' 1st year March 14, 2012
Interestingly, Nina Charelli, is not included in the CBC list of former Harper staffers which raises the question, is there more on the payroll in the Christy Clark communications department (PAB/GCPE) that we don't know about, who hail from the Conservative Party of Canada?
Was it their job to get Harper elected and then flee the coop like that of Chiarelli, Panazopoulos, Boessenkool and MacIntyre? Is it their job to get Clark elected and then they'll move on? Will it be too late to ask the next question, which is: It appears as though British Columbians are paying for a cost that should be borne solely by the BC Liberal Party, so why are we paying for Christy Clark's Communications Chief/Directors? Or for that matter, Pamela Martin, who's yearly Party contributions have totaled a whopping $410 ($10, $50, $225, $100, $25 the latest token of appreciation as of October 20, 2011) to the BC Liberals. It almost matches her Boss' oversight of $550's one lump sum with monthly contributions to follow.
Back to the Federal Level, slightly different topic, that of Harper and his Chief of Staff Travel Expenses.
The chief of staff's own travel should be authorized by the minister or the minister's senior delegate for financial matters. When exempt staff accompany the minister, the appropriate signature is necessary to upgrade travel to business class, in the event that the minister does not personally sign the travel authority.
The above quote came by looking into Christy Clark's Communication Director Nina Chiarelli Travel Expenses while she was working for the Harper Government under the heading of Exempt Staff.
And oh gee what do we find here, but a list of Nina Charelli's compatriots while working for MP Chuck Strahl:
|STRAHL, CHUCK||Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency|
|BABCOCK, JOHN||Special Assistant|
|CHIARELLI, NINA||Director of Communications|
|HOBBS, STEVEN||Policy Advisor|
|HOWARD, JEFF||Special Assistant|
|KENNEDY, JEFFREY||Policy Advisor|
|MCARTHUR, DAVID||Policy Advisor|
|MINSKY, ADRIA||Policy Advisor|
|PATTERSON, CHRISTINA||Director of Policy|
|STRYDE, RIC||Senior Policy Advisor|
|THRONESS, LAURIE||Chief of Staff|
|YAO, MICHELLE||Press Secretary|
|YEOMANS, TED||Director of Parliamentary Affairs|