Poilievre meeting with every Conservative MP before the decisions of the shadow cabinet of October – National RS News


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Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is holding one-on-one meetings with every Conservative MP to assess their interests as he prepares to assemble his front bench of critics.

The meetings come ahead of an expected announcement of Poilievre’s “shadow cabinet” in mid-October, multiple sources tell Global News, timed around a week-long break in the House of Commons action.

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Although the Poilivre era began on a relatively quiet note – Thursday’s sparring between the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sources familiar with the transition suggest significant, if slow, behind-the-scenes moves in the party that the team of Poilievre believes. are needed to prepare the Conservatives for the next general election.

And there is a significant amount of work to be done. The Office of the Leader of the Opposition (OLO) saw turnover after Erin O’Toole’s election defeat in 2021 and ouster in 2022 – and traction continued under Candice Bergen’s interim leadership.

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“I think part of it is, look, you don’t want to sort of hitch your wagon not knowing what’s going to happen (with the party),” said one conservative source of staffing departures before Poiluvre’s leadership victory.

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The source, and four others with knowledge of the transition work, agreed to speak to Global on condition they not be named.

“Just because something was organized in a certain way under one leader doesn’t mean it makes sense. So I think it’s kind of a full-scale review (of party operations), which is why you see people taking the time .

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In a statement, Poilievre’s press secretary, Anthony Koch, said the transition team does not comment on staffing and does not conduct interviews.

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Get MPs “Back to Work”

The source noted that while much of the media attention will be focused on plum front bench positions, there is plenty of work for MPs to do behind the scenes as the party gears up.

“Whether it’s shadow critic roles or, you know, projects or running with something else we’re planning, but just getting people back to work after not only a leadership (contest), but the two and a half years of strange virtual parliament,” the source said.

“(Poilievre is) a guy who chooses on one issue or … goes really deep into one issue.”

“And I think it’s (about) rather than trying to do 40 things really well, that you focus on one or two that (will) move the team forward.”

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One of the main priorities of the new leadership team is to overhaul the party’s data operations – a critical aspect of modern election practice, and an area where there is widespread consensus, the Conservatives badly sting the governing Liberals.

Data operations include things like voter identification, and guide the parties’ decisions on things like targeting them, which messages are most effective in a given area, and where the leader should spend most of their time touring. They also include mining massive amounts of information to gain insights that aren’t immediately visible to outsiders — including their political rivals.

After Poilievre’s decisive first-ballot leadership win, Hamish Marshall — who ran Andrew Scheer’s leadership campaign and the party’s 2019 national campaign — wrote on LinkedIn that his company developed a custom data platform to translate social media “likes” into Poilievre Voters.

“It was our job to take offers of support from across social media and turn them into a meaningful process to sell memberships, raise money and get data to volunteers to make sure everyone voted,” Marshall wrote.

“It was a big challenge, especially because there was no time to prepare. We had to assemble the machine while it was already operating.”

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One source warned that The data requirements for a national campaign are significantly more complex than what Poilievre needed to secure the leadership. But a second source acknowledged that translating Poilievre’s significant social media reach into actionable voter data is likely to play a role in the new system.

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“(Poilievre) casts the net with the things he says and how he says them (on social media),” the source said.

“And we need (people) who can make sense of what we’re getting back. For a long time, we had a lot of stuff back, but nobody was mining it in a way that was in any way useful to the good people. What would … target seats in the future.

Mike Crase, Poilievre’s choice for the party’s new executive director, will oversee the overhaul of data operations.

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Crase, the current executive director of the Ontario PCs, has been involved with the provincial party’s transition from CIMS — the aging “constituent information management system” employed by the federal party — to their own more modern system.

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But multiple sources told Global News that the party does not intend to rush some of the bigger changes to their electoral machine. When O’Toole won the leadership in 2020, his team believed that Trudeau could call an election at any time – which led them to outsource some of their election operations such as data and some strategic communications planning, rather than building the Internal infrastructure of the party.

“We are behind the way we campaigned,” said one source.

“And so you have a new guy coming in who effectively uses social media to data mine, in an operation that doesn’t have the tools to use (that). So we’re going to build the tools to use that on a much bigger scale. “

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Global News has requested an interview with Krause, and confirmation that Failievre has hired longtime Conservative hand David Murray as his director of policy. Murray worked on policy for Poiluvre’s leadership campaign, and previously worked with former leader Andrew Scheer. Murray’s hiring was first reported by Politico.

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Poilievre’s team denied the interview request and declined to comment for this article.

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