Leadership Fellow

Raymond Guardia

Expertise: 
Campaign strategy,
Electoral campaigns

Raymond Guardia has been managing political campaigns for 30 years.

His first taste of victory came in 1990, when he directed Phil Edmonston's campaign in the riding of Chambly, securing the NDP's first ever win in Quebec.

More recently, Guardia's inability to say 'no' to Jack Layton led him to take on the role of 'war room' director in the 2006 and 2008 elections and manage Tom Mulcair's winning campaign in Outremont in 2007.

In 2011, Guardia ran the NDP's Quebec campaign, and was the chief architect of the Party`s breakthrough in that province. He then accepted the post of Senior Quebec Advisor in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

Following Layton's death, Guardia directed Brian Topp's bid for the leadership of the NDP to a strong second-place finish.

Life after the NDP took Guardia to municipal politics, where he directed the 2013 campaign for Projet Montreal.  The Party more than doubled its number of elected officials and now forms the City`s official opposition.

Guardia enjoyed this experience so much that he accepted the offer to stay with Projet Montreal, and is now the Party's Deputy Chief of Staff.