According to CBC News, Pierre Poilievre has replaced the Conservative Party’s top lawyer with his own choice, as he continues to shake hands with party superiors.
The party’s legal counsel, Arthur Hamilton, has been replaced with Michael Wilson, an ally of Poilievre and a partner at the law firm Goodmans, according to sources. Sources are not authorized to speak publicly about the change.
It is the latest in a series of appointments made by Poilievre, including an overhaul of the party’s powerful fundraising branch and a reported change in senior leadership.
Wilson, a partner on the dispute resolution team at Goodmans, helped with Poilievre’s leadership campaign. One Politico Campaign records list him as an Ontario field organizer. Previously, he served as chief of staff to the attorney general of Ontario.
His predecessor, Hamilton, a partner at Dentons, had a long history of representing the party, including in famous incidents under Stephen Harper, such as the robotic phone call. 2011.
This transition follows other recent behind-the-scenes changes. One of Poilievre’s first moves as leader of the Conservative Party was to replace the head of the powerful Conservative Foundation.
James Dodds, appointed to the party’s fundraising branch by former leader Erin O’Toole, was replaced by attorney Robert Staley, another Poilievre ally who had been with the party since Harper’s time.
Former MP and cabinet minister Tony Clement was also appointed to the Foundation’s board.
Less than a week after winning the leadership, the Toronto Star reported that Mike Crase, the chief executive of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, will become the federal party’s chief executive.
A spokesman for Poilievre’s office said he would not comment on personnel matters.