Ian Brodie

Ian Brodie

Ian Brodie, (born July 25, 1967 in Toronto) 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 Strategic Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.

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 Ph.D 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

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 leave as Harper's chief of staff", Globe and Mail, May 21, 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Murphy
Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister's Office
Succeeded by
Guy Giorno
Preceded by
Cyril McFate
Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada
Succeeded by
Michael Donison

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