First elected to Parliament in 1997, Jason Kenney served as the Official Opposition Critic for National Revenue, then as the Official Opposition Critic for Finance and later as the Critic for Canada-US Relations. He now serves as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Recruited first as a Junior Legislative Assistant, I later advanced to Executive Assistant handling correspondence, managing staff and volunteers, and various legislative and campaign projects.
Media Relations: Organized successful media campaigns that resulted in national exposure and also handled challenging and hostile media inquiries during 2001 leadership crisis. I crafted well-written media releases and press kits. Under media pressure and in crisis communication situations, I maintained a cool demeanour and stayed on message. Result: Jason Kenney remained one of the most quoted MPs in Ottawa and during the leadership crisis; I was able to limit negative media coverage and exposure.
Leadership: Responsible for office budget of $250,000 and oversaw the needs of two other staff members and hired summer interns. I reviewed the budgetary needs of investing in staff. Result: Budgetary savings from overhead equipment were reinvested into staff training, development and retention.
Campaigning: Undertook a variety of outreach efforts to support Mr. Kenney’s Private Members’ Bills. I developed a database of over 20,000 names and categorized them by interest. In addition, various public relations efforts were undertaken to raise awareness. Result: Over 55,000 signatures were amassed nation-wide in support of 2 minutes of silence on Remembrance Day.