Earlier, we broke the news David Perry, the chief of staff to provincial New Democrat leader Carole James, had resigned. And now the party has made it official. In a media advisory, Ms. James states "before I took my holidays, David told me of his decision, advising me then that he intends to pursue other career options. I want to offer my thanks to David for the service he provided me for the last two years and the NDP caucus for the last five years." The following is a complete copy of that advisory.
Earlier today, New Democrat Opposition Leader Carole James sent the following note to MLAs and Staff.
Please be advised of the following changes in my office.
David Perry has resigned his position as chief of staff effective August 24. Before I took my holidays, David told me of his decision, advising me then that he intends to pursue other career options. I want to offer my thanks to David for the service he provided me for the last two years and the NDP caucus for the last five years.
David first came to the NDP caucus in 2002, supporting both Joy MacPhail and Jenny Kwan and later Jagrup Brar in their giant effort to sustain an opposition in the face of overwhelming odds. His contribution to the rebuilding of the NDP Caucus organization over the past two years continued on in that spirit of commitment to our Party and its goals.
Building an organizational structure from scratch is not an easy task. The demands were huge and the hours long. But David always did the job with humour, grace and skill, helping to put together an effective opposition caucus and staff team in a very short period of time. I think, especially in this last year and this last session, we've seen how successful this rebuilding exercise has been.
I am very pleased to announce that Ian Reid is my new Chief of Staff. Ian brings years of experience to his new role. He has served as a policy advisor to government, managed numerous political campaigns, and is well-known for both his political and strategic skills.
As the NDP moves onto election footing, Ian's experience and ability will be an invaluable asset to me and to my caucus. And I know that everyone in the NDP caucus is very excited about his new role and we are all looking forward to working with him