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The IATSE Lobbies on Parliament Hill

The Canadian Department has engaged the services of Isabel Metcalfe, a long-time Ottawa lobbyist, to orchestrate Canadian political lobbying activities. The IATSE lobby team, consisting of International Vice Presidents John Lewis and Damian Petti, and Canadian Office Operations Manager Krista Hurdon, began its first foray into political lobbying in early October by attending 11 tightly scheduled meetings over two days, in locations throughout the National Capital Region. 

Meetings were held with Members of Parliament from the Conservative, NDP and Liberal parties, as well as with bureaucrats and political advisors. Focus was largely on the departments of Canadian Heritage, Citizenship and Immigration, and Employment and Social Development. It quickly became clear to the team how important these meetings are to ensure that the IATSE’s voice is heard on the Hill, as our position on labour and entertainment industry issues is sometimes unique when compared with other stakeholders. The IATSE has now begun to establish relationships that will enable us to be more proactive where the interests and concerns of IATSE members are at stake.

Photo: International VP Damian Petti, Canadian Office Operations Manager Krista Hurdon, and International VP John Lewis inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill. 

 
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