Hill and Knowlton's Anne McGrath now special advisor to Jagmeet Singh

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Hill and Knowlton's Anne McGrath now special advisor to Jagmeet Singh

Anne McGrath, an associate with Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Ottawa, said she is now helping the party transition to life in a minority parliament led by the Liberals. She said she is advising on the structure of the party, leader’s office and caucus, as well as on different scenarios in an unpredictable House of Commons where the Liberals can stay in power with the support of just one of three main opposition parties — the Conservatives, the Bloc Québécois or the NDP.

McGrath said there will be some staffing changes to adjust to this new reality. “I don’t anticipate huge changes, but there will be some,” she said.

josh

Oh boy. Maybe the caucus can be cut in half again next time.  But at least Erin Weir and Sid Ryan won’t be candidates.

NDPP

A Hill & Knowlton advisor is the perfect fit for the No Difference Party. If they were good enough for Big Tobacco, BCCI, the asbestos industry, selling the Gulf War and the Church of Scientology, they'll be perfect for selling fake No Difference Party 'progressive' neoliberalism/imperialism as 'socialism'.

Hill & Knowlton Strategies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill%2BKnowlton_Strategies

 

H&K Strategies Canada

https://hkstrategies.ca/en

"Our belief is that brands with a clear, authentic purpose, and performance strategies aligned to business objectives are most likely to succeed..."

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

The NDP's head office is full of blairites/mulcairites, and Anne McGrath is as bad as it gets.

NDPP

 I hope that the implications of this are abundantly clear, especially to those wont to posture and pontificate about the inherent goodness of the NDP versus the visible tail and horns of other leaders. A Hill & Knowlton executive advising NDP leader Jagmeet Singh makes a nonsense of everything the NDP says it stands for.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Hill+Knowlton have no soul. They have advised all sorts of corporate monsters as well as the Conservative, the LPC and now the NDP. Very disappointing.

Aristotleded24

You guys are being way to harsh on Anne McGrath. She is very well-positioned advising Singh on how to win elections, considering that she succeeded in her campaign to become an NDP MLA in Alberta this past spring.

Unionist

Aristotleded24 wrote:

You guys are being way to harsh on Anne McGrath. 

I do hope you're being sarcastic, A24, but not sure. This piece of shit should be nowhere near where progressive people gather. I have a long memory.

 

Aristotleded24

Unionist wrote:
Aristotleded24 wrote:

You guys are being way to harsh on Anne McGrath. 

I do hope you're being sarcastic, A24, but not sure. This piece of shit should be nowhere near where progressive people gather. I have a long memory.

Yes, it was sarcasm. I thought more people would pick up on it by me referencing, in a sarcastic way, that she lost when she ran for election as an NDP MLA in Calgary this past spring.

NDPP

At least they support the same people:

Hill & Knowlton Hired To Lobby Transport For Israeli Drone Manufacturer

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/03/16/hill-and-knowlton-hired-to-lobby-transpo...

"Three lobbyists at Hill and Knowlton have registered to lobby the Canadian government for an Israeli drone manufacturer, according to new filings from the federal lobbying registry..."

NDPP

Hill and Knowlton

http://www.nuclearspin.org/hill-and-knowlton/

"Working for oil giants, the nuclear industry and torturers, paving the way to war, a company without a moral rudder..."

melovesproles

Pretty gross. The NDP wonders why it can't get grassroots fundraising. 

Aristotleded24

Regardless of how people feel about Hill&Knowlton, McGrath seems to have been in the political bubble for so long that she doesn't understand what happens in the lives of everyday people. I think she should try and aim for elected office again, and if successful, really use that to learn the side of politics she has been away from for so long.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Regardless of how people feel about Hill&Knowlton, McGrath seems to have been in the political bubble for so long that she doesn't understand what happens in the lives of everyday people. I think she should try and aim for elected office again, and if successful, really use that to learn the side of politics she has been away from for so long.

I would strongly urge the NDP to stop having anything to do with people like Anne McGrath. The future is eco-socialist, and people like Anne McGrath are anything but.

Aristotleded24

Left Turn wrote:

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Regardless of how people feel about Hill&Knowlton, McGrath seems to have been in the political bubble for so long that she doesn't understand what happens in the lives of everyday people. I think she should try and aim for elected office again, and if successful, really use that to learn the side of politics she has been away from for so long.

I would strongly urge the NDP to stop having anything to do with people like Anne McGrath. The future is eco-socialist, and people like Anne McGrath are anything but.

In any case, whenever she's run for any sort of position (except for her stint as President of the federal NDP) she has lost. I think that might partially explain why she is disconnected. Even as a lower level MLA, perhaps she would have a chance to interact more with average, everyday people, and that might change her perspective. She can do far less damage to the NDP organization as an MLA from Alberta than she can as a special advisor to the leader.

NDPP

On the contrary she's VERY connected. That's why the NDP obviously considers her Hill and Knowlton credentials an asset. Brad Lavigne was another H&K exec -VP of Ottawa's Public and Corporate Affairs Group. The leader is obviously fine with it. This is an accurate representation of  the true nature of the NDP. Suck it up. Stop pretending it's something other.