Logo_Placeholder_BlueYoung appointed as chief of staff for Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Hunter Tootoo

OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2016 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute would like to congratulate former MLI communications director George Young on his new job with cabinet minister Hunter Tootoo.

Young will serve as chief of staff for Tootoo, who was elected in the October 2015 federal election and appointed as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“We’re delighted at this recognition of the talents of George Young, who was such a valued colleague of ours during his time at the Institute”, said Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

Young was appointed MLI’s communications director in 2010, the Institute’s first year in existence.

Prior to that, he spent more than twenty years working as a cheese maker for Canadian and multi-national firms.

Following the federal election in 1993, he moved to Ottawa and spent the ensuing 16 years working in and around government, serving as the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada and Chief of Staff to ministers at National Revenue, Fisheries and Oceans, National Defence and Social Development Canada, prior to a stint in a former Opposition Leader's Office.

He also served as a VP for a large Canadian public opinion research firm and has acted as a consultant to various organisations.

More recently he served as a senior advisor to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and as a coordinator with the City of Ottawa.

Hunter Tootoo won election in 2015 as the member of Parliament for the the riding of Nunavut. He previously served as a member of the legislative assembly for Iqaluit Centre for 14 years, including several spent as speaker of the house.


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