Monday, June 8, 2009

Recruitment woes plague Harper's government

OTTAWA — When Lisa Raitt lost her director of communications last week, an already gaping hole got even bigger back at her office.

Jasmine MacDonnell, 26, took the fall after sensitive Natural Resources documents were left behind at a television studio.

Raitt had already been searching for a chief of staff. Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq are in the same boat.

Around Parliament Hill, insiders and outside observers point to a serious political recruitment problem: finding and keeping experienced people has been a challenge for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government.

When seasoned hand Bruce Carson left Harper's side last year, complaints began that even at the top there was a dearth of experienced staff.

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