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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's national campaign team has borrowed some key aides close to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
David Herle, a political consultant who played a senior role in Ms. Wynne's successful campaign in Ontario, has been working on polling and providing strategic advice for Mr. Trudeau's national campaign, said people familiar with the team. Other senior aides in Ms. Wynne's government, including Brian Clow and Zita Astravas, have taken leave to work on Mr. Trudeau's election bid.
The staff movement reaffirms the Ontario Liberals' support for "their guy on the federal scene," said Greg Lyle, head of polling firm Innovative Research. "Obviously there's a lot of personal connections," Mr. Lyle said, adding that Ms. Wynne's dislike for Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been apparent. "It just drips through the television screen."
Mr. Herle, a principal with the Gandalf Group consultancy in Toronto, served as managing co-chair with Pat Sorbara on Ms. Wynne's 2014 election campaign, during which the premier promised deficit spending to invest in infrastructure, not far off from a key plank of Mr. Trudeau's. Mr. Harper has facetiously warned voters in Ontario about a "Justin Wynne-Katheen Trudeau tax hike".
Ms. Wynne won the premier's office in 2014 over then-Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, who had promised to cut the public sector by 100,000 jobs to balance the budget.
Mr. Herle also served as a senior adviser on the less-successful campaigns of then-prime minister Paul Martin, and more recently on the victorious election bid of Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil in 2013.
His strengths are at the intersection of polling, policy and communications, said Mr. Lyle. "He's comfortable in all three of those areas, and he can bring it all together," he said.
Peter Donolo, a former senior staffer to Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien, also served as a senior campaign strategist on Ms. Wynne's campaign and has been helping out Mr. Trudeau with debate preparation, the people said.
Mr. Clow also worked on Ms. Wynne's campaign and then served in her office before taking a leave to work on the Liberal national campaign this summer. Ms. Astravas also took leave from Ms. Wynne's office and is dealing with media on Mr. Trudeau's tour bus.
Another Ontario government aide, John Zerucelli – chief of staff to Ontario Treasury Board President Deb Matthews and formerly an adviser to then-Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty – is heading up tour for Mr. Trudeau.
The national campaign team is also receiving help from Andrée-Lyne Hallé, an aide to the finance minister in the government of Quebec Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard, also took a leave to work for Mr. Trudeau's election bid, said people familiar with the team. Ms. Wynne and Mr. Couillard have been close allies on climate change policy, contrasting their approaches with Mr. Harper's.
Other key Trudeau campaign staff include Quebec Liberal Party organizer Dan Gagnier, former chief of staff to Quebec premier Jean Charest. Mr. Gagnier is co-chairing the campaign with Katie Telford.
David Rodier, a consultant with Hill+Knowlton in Ottawa, has taken leave from his job to work on the media bus for the leader's tour, the sources said. Senior Trudeau advisers Gerry Butts, Cyrus Reporter and Robert Asselin are also on the road with the leader.
Marlene Floyd, formerly a consultant with Earnscliffe Strategy Group, is among staff on the campaign who took leave from the leader's office, where she was working as director of operations and outreach. (A longtime Liberal, Ms. Floyd is married to André Fortin, who left a lobbying job with Telus Corp. to successfully campaign for a Liberal seat in Quebec's last provincial election.)
Other aides from Mr. Trudeau's office who are working on the campaign include platform developer Mike NcNair, aide Kevin Bosch, and Liberal party national director Jeremy Broadhurst.
Trudeau aide Kate Purchase is dealing with communications and Liberal party official Richard Maksymetz is continuing his work on campaign mobilization.