rioux: prentice\'s political staffers were full of admiration for their boss
The political staff of Sebastian Rioux are often genetically inclined to stay away from the spotlight and then be trained.
We\'re not public figures-
We support them.
However, in addition to immediate family members and close friends, few people know politicians better than employees who serve them in the background.
If we are lucky and serve well, we will even admire and love this politician.
I love and admire Jim Prentice, and I am sad with my two families --
With good people who share his last name or DNA and his political family, Jim is their mentor.
Jim\'s staff\'s admiration and loyalty to him is legendary.
Jim easily won through his great presence, his wisdom and hard work on all documents, the seriousness of his goals, his integrity and his own loyalty to his employees
He always holds Christmas parties and gifts for us.
Even after politics, he owned Calgary-
People like me take our children to his house, dress up as Santa Claus, and give gifts to our young children.
He also likes to share souvenirs: for example, all of us have received our own photo frames over the years.
Civil servants also like him very much.
The federal clerk of the Privy Council, the country\'s top official, Michael weenick, served as deputy minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
He paid a very warm tribute to his former minister.
I remember Jim going for a walk every once in a while, as we used to say.
He will pop up on a random floor in the department and chat with civil servants.
He will ask them questions-how long have you been working here, what concerns do you have, he listened and he is in touch with them;
I remember a few people telling him that they had never met the minister before.
When he is on a business trip, whenever possible, he will be picked up by a senior civil servant in the district office so that he can spend half of his time
Drive an hour to his next meeting and talk about the wild.
He has a good sense of humor.
We also enjoyed those staff dinners where each of us would tell the most interesting Jim Prentice anecdotes of the year.
I remember in 2007, an award-winning work by his administrative assistant Isaac (Isaac) told the story of a late flight to a mid-sized aircraft.
The town on the Prairie.
After midnight, Jim needs to dry-clean his suit from 7 in the morning for the next day\'s meeting. m.
No dry cleaners were open at the time, Isaac hung his suit in the bathroom while he was in the hot shower, then found a transparent plastic bag to wrap the suit and gave it to Jim at 6: 30. m.
The next morning, as if he had dry-cleaned it.
Jim laughed as hard as when we read the story.
Finally, I will mention his personal integrity and moral power, a source of strong loyalty to him: he has never done anything incorrect.
Jim Prentice is multifaceted and the tribute of the past few days shows that he is not just a politician, he is a loving family member;
Pillars of local lawyers and business;
He is a philanthropist who cares about children and education.
And, for many of us who work with him politically, he is a great mentor.
When it comes to problems, I can say that from now on many of us will stop and ask ourselves \"what Jim will do \". The answer to this question may be the right thing to do for your family, your community and your country.
Rest in peace, Jim. You are missed. Jean-
Sebastien Rioux, an associate professor at the School of Public Policy, served as chief of staff for Jim Prentice from February 2006 to August 2008.