Ian Brodie

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Ian Brodie
11th Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
In office
February 6, 2006 – July 1, 2008
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byTim Murphy
Succeeded byGuy Giorno
Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition
In office
August 2005 – February 2006
LeaderStephen Harper
Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada
In office
Personal details
Born (1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 52)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyConservative
Alma materMcGill University
University of Calgary
ProfessionPolitical scientist

Ian Brodie (born July 25, 1967) is a Canadian political scientist and was Chief of Staff in Stephen Harper's Prime Minister's Office from Harper's ascension to the position of prime minister until July 1, 2008. The news that he was leaving the post came days before the release of a report on the Clinton/Obama NAFTA leak controversy.[1][2] He is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary.

Early life and education[edit]

Brodie attended high school at the University of Toronto Schools. He earned a BA in political science from McGill University in Montreal, and an MA and a PhD from the University of Calgary.

In 1997, he became assistant professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario in London; promotion to tenured associate professor came in 2002. At Western, he specialized in Canadian politics, particularly Canadian conservative politics and law and politics.

His book Friends of the Court: The Privileging of Interest Group Litigants in Canada (State University of New York Press, 2002), a revision of his doctoral dissertation, discussed the treatment of interest groups seeking leave to intervene before the Supreme Court of Canada. Friends posited that the court had come to favor a preferred set of interest groups, and explored the legal theory by which this had come about.

Political career[edit]

In 2003, he took leave from Western to become assistant to the chief of staff in the office of the federal leader of the opposition, first under Harper when he led the Canadian Alliance, then under Grant Hill's interim parliamentary leadership in 2004.

When Harper became leader of the successor Conservative Party of Canada, he appointed Brodie its executive director. In August 2005 he appointed Brodie his chief of staff. When Harper became prime minister after the 2006 election, Brodie became PMO chief of staff.


  1. ^ Campion-Smith, Bruce, "PM's top aide stepping down", Toronto Star, May 21, 2008
  2. ^ Laghi, Brian and Galloway, Gloria, "Brodie to step down as Harper's chief of staff", Globe and Mail, May 21, 2008

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