LaPresse’s Joël-Denis Bellevance received a tip (likely from an eager Conservative war-room) that the O’Toole Conservatives have recruited the former Quebec minister of Labour to run for them in the upcoming – and if reports are true – imminent federal election.
Dominique Vien was a cabinet minister in Jean Charest’s Quebec Liberal government. She served the riding of Bellechasse from 2003-2007 and then from 2008 to 2018. Vien notably served as Quebec minister of Tourism and Quebec minister of social services.
Now she will be running for Steven Blaney’s seat in Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis. Blaney held ministerial portfolios in the Harper government – first in public safety and then in veterans affairs.
Conservatives have ties into three provincial parties in Quebec which often proves to be a difficult balancing act. This candidate pickup is from the Quebec Liberals, but federal Conservatives have also cultivated ties with the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and the provincial Parti Conservateur du Québec (PCQ).
Dominique Vien is a former radio journalist who used to work for CFIN FM Radio-Bellechasse and for Radio-Canada. Most recently she was working as the Director General for the regional municipality of des Etchemins.
Erin O’Toole is making his mark as the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada by launching the first re-design of the party’s logo and first significant brand redesign since the announcement of the then new party in late 2003.
The Conservative C has been made circular and the primary blue colour has been made darker. A lighter red maple leaf still adorns the centre of the logo but has been tilted 45° to the right. The party explains that this is reflective of O’Toole’s motto “through adversity to the stars”.
The logo and motto are evocative of O’Toole’s service in the RCAF. And friends and critics of the party were quick to point that out on twitter. Yet, it’s certain that the Conservative campaign will be highlighting O’Toole’s military service during the next election as Canadians consider the election of public servants during a national crisis.
The Conservative Party has adopted Lato, the open source sans serif font font from Google and designer Łukasz Dziedzic.
According to the style guide, the logo can also be presented in white on the primary colour backgrond.
There’s also a tertiary colour set that the party will likely use in different contexts.
Conservative branding guru Dan Robertson gave direction for the rebrand to Seasoned, a design firm. The firm’s Daniel Charron did the heavy lifing on the logo design and style.
If you’d like to download the new style guide, it’s right here.
The newly elected leader of the Conservative Party Erin O’Toole announced his picks for his House Leadership Team today. This slate of MPs will represent the Pfficial Opposition in the House of Commons. They are:
Bergen’s appointment as deputy leader is overdue. She worked diligently House leader under Rona Ambrose and Andrew Scheer and has great reviews on this work from caucus and staff alike.
Rookie MP Eric Duncan takes on a significant role as QP coordinator but it should come as no surprise as Duncan acted as Guy Lauzon’s executive assistant and Chief of Staff when the former MP was Conservative Caucus Chair. In other words, Duncan has worked on Question Period coordination for some time and brings a wealth of experience to the team.