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Mon Sep 28, 2015, 09:05 PM

How Gerald Butts plans to make Justin Trudeau the next prime minister

Another interesting article from Maclean's.

Tradition has it that the power of a senior political operative is matched only by his discretion. As principal adviser to the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Gerald Butts is one of perhaps five people with whom the Liberal leader consults, relies on and trusts enough to make sure he becomes prime minister. And while this makes him powerful, he isn’t particularly discreet.

Since Trudeau was elected Liberal leader in 2013, Butts has shaped and branded the vast majority of policy on which Trudeau is currently campaigning. He at once works literally inches from Trudeau and from 1,000 feet up, guiding the tectonic plates of Trudeau’s bid for the highest seat in the land. “His influence is profound on this campaign,” says consultant and pollster David Herle, who advises Liberal campaigns.


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