Owner and Host, Gandalf Group, Curse of Politics, and The Herle Burly podcasts
David Herle has been around Liberal politics for a long time, starting as a kid in Saskatchewan organizing ridings for provincial leader Ralph Goodale in the early 80’s to working on campaigns with Paul Martin and Kathleen Wynne among others. He commented on politics for ten years on CBC’s The National. He is known for strategic thinking, blunt talk, lifelong passions (Liberal Party, Riders, Habs, Hawkins Cheezies, Lemon Hart rum, and black licorice), and occasionally saying something he wished he could take back.
Jordan Leichnitz is an Ottawa-based consultant with two decades of experience in progressive political strategy and campaigns at the federal, provincial and municipal level. She spent ten years on Parliament Hill working in senior strategy positions for four Leaders of the New Democratic Party of Canada, including serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing policy development and handling issues management for the parliamentary caucus. Since 2020, Jordan has served as the Canada Program Manager for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German political foundation. She is a frequent media commentator on federal and provincial politics.
Jordan holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, and lives in Ottawa with her partner and two young children.
Scott Reid is one of Canada’s most sought-after crisis and issues managers. A former senior advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin, he has counselled CEOs, senior executives and political leaders at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Scott is the former co-host of CTV’s National Affairs. He serves as an analyst for CTV News, Newstalk 1010AM and Bell Media while writing for the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and CBC.ca.
If you’re in a tough fight, Kory is the guy you want on your side. With two decades in public affairs, Kory has served as the Director of Communications to the Prime Minister of Canada, managed the cable news channel “Sun News”, and served as Executive Director of the Renewable Fuels Association. Kory was the manager of the 2018 campaign that saw Doug Ford become Premier of Ontario and the leading force behind the Premier winning a second term in 2022, increasing the Ontario PC Party’s majority.