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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 10:17 PM
Dept. Of Communications: Great Moments
Tuesday evening: "Just trying to get a note out to staff. There is no news. No resignation(s). No new chief of staff." — Jill Fairbrother, spokeswoman for Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff
Tuesday evening: "I am pleased to announce the arrival of Peter Donolo, who has accepted the role of chief of staff." — Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff
Illustration by Anthony Jenkins / The Globe and Mail.
Campbell Clark and Jane Taber
Ottawa — From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 9:42PM EDT Last updated on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 11:23PM EDT
Jean Chrétien's smiling spin doctor will take the reins in Michael Ignatieff's troubled opposition leader's office, as the Liberal Leader moved to replace the circle of advisers that brought him into politics.
Peter Donolo, known as the Chrétien communications director who relentlessly aimed the Liberal message at main street without cracking his veneer of good cheer, will become Mr. Ignatieff's chief of staff.
Mr. Ignatieff, under fire after conflicts within his party and a steep fall in the polls, is changing his top aide amid criticism from some Liberals that the team that helped him get into politics didn't have the experience to guide the party to an election victory.
Several Liberal sources said he had fired his chief of staff, Ian Davey.