Hill and Knowlton lobbying for Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

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Hill and Knowlton Canada CEO Michael Coates tried to recruit Prime Stephen Harper for the Progressive Conservatives in 1998. He  threw his support behind Harper in the the 2004,  2006 and 2008 federal elections, former top Conservative adviser Tom Flanagan writes in his book, Harper's Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power.

Other Conservative superstars who have moved between Hill and Knowlton and high positions in the Conservative government include former environment minister Peter Kent, who held a position as Hill and Knowlton corporate communications vice president in 2008. An award-winning journalist before entering politics, Kent called oil sands opponents "treacherous" during his time as environment minister. 

Ken Boessenkool, who recently served as chief of staff to Premier Christy Clark, was a close senior policy adviser and political adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, before joining Hill and Knowlton's Calgary office and lobbying for Enbridge in 2008.

At other levels of government, Conservative Party the revolving door between the pr firm and the government apparently swings easily, too.

Jennifer Pilzecker managed research services for the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2008, and then, one month after leaving that job, began lobbying for Hill and Knowlton. 

Bryan Rogers was executive assistant to Minister of Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, then wen  to work for Hill and Knowlton in 2007, claiming at the time that he wasn't a lobbyist because he was still paid out of Kenney's budget (he was lobbying on behalf of the Moscow-based Russian Machines company). 

Andrew MacDougall worked as a senior writer in the Conservative Resource Group from 2006 to 2008, then registered as a lobbyist for Hill and Knowlton, lobbying for Procter and Gamble. He then went back to work as a press secretary in the Prime Minister's Office until April 2013.

Other recent Hill and Knowlton lobbyists include former Etobicoke-Lakeshore Conservative candidate John Capobianco and former Conservative MP Bev Oda's legislative assistant, Olivia MacAngus. 

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