Poilievre meets with every Tory MP ahead of October shadow cabinet decisions – National

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is holding one-on-one meetings with each Tory MP to assess their interests as he prepares to assemble his first bench of critics.

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

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Although the Poilievre era began on a relatively quiet note — notwithstanding Thursday’s fight between the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — sources familiar with the transition suggest significant, albeit slow, movements behind the scenes within of the party that Poilievre’s team 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) has seen turnover after Erin O’Toole’s election defeat in 2021 and his ousting in 2022 – and the attrition has continued under the interim leadership of Candice Bergen.

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“I think part of it is, listen, you don’t want to hitchhike not knowing what’s going to happen (with the party),” a conservative source said of staff departures ahead of Poilievre’s victory at the direction.

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

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

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In a statement, Poilievre publicist Anthony Koch said the transition team does not comment on staffing or do interviews.

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Put MPs back to work

The source noted that while much of the media attention will be focused on the front-bench positions, MPs have a lot of work to do behind the scenes as the party gears up.

“Whether it’s ghost review roles or, you know, projects or running with something else that we’re planning, but just getting people back to work after not just leadership (competition), but these two and a half years of strange virtual Parliament, “said the source.

“(Poilievre is) a guy who chews on a problem or…really gets to the bottom of an issue.”

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

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A top priority for the new leadership team is overhauling the party’s data operations – a crucial aspect of modern election campaigning and an area where there is widespread consensus that the Conservatives are mistracking the Liberals in power.

Data operations include things like voter identification and guide party decisions on things like which constituencies they target, what messages are most effective in a given region, and where the leader should spend most of the time. part of his time on tour. They also include mining huge amounts of information to glean information that is not immediately apparent to those outside, including their political rivals.

Following Poilievre’s decisive first-ballot leadership victory, Hamish Marshall – who led Andrew Scheer’s leadership campaign and the party’s national campaign in 2019 – wrote on LinkedIn that his company had developed a platform -custom data form to translate social media likes to Poilievre voters.

“It was our job to take the offers of support from social media and turn it into a meaningful process to sell memberships, raise funds and provide data to volunteers to make sure everyone voted,” he said. writes Marshall.

“It was a big challenge, especially since there was no time to prepare. We had to assemble the machine when it was already running.

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A source warned that the data requirements for a national campaign are far more complex than what Poilievre needed to secure leadership. But a second source acknowledged that translating Poilievre’s extensive social media reach into actionable election data will likely play a role in the new system.

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“(Poilievre) is casting 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 are recovering. For a long time, we got a lot of stuff back, but nobody was leveraging it in a way that was useful to the right people who would…target sieges 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 CEO of PC Ontario, helped transition the provincial party from CIMS – the aging “voter information management system” employed by the federal party – to its own more modern system. .

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But multiple sources told Global News that the party has no intention of rushing some of the most important changes to its election machine. When O’Toole won the leadership in 2020, his team believed Trudeau could call an election at any time — which led them to outsource some of their election operations like data and some strategic communications planning, rather than to build the internal infrastructure of the party.

“We are behind on how we campaign,” a source said.

“And so you have a new guy who is effectively using social media to mine data, 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 larger scale .

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Global News has requested an interview with Crase and confirmation that Poilievre has hired longtime conservative David Murray as director of policy. Murray worked on policy for the Poilievre 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 declined the interview request and declined to comment for this article.

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