“Magpie Brûlé” is a politics and current events blog, focusing on Canada and the issues of the day. The Editor-in-Chief of “MB” is Cam Holmstrom. Born and raised in Kenora, Ontario, Cam is a graduate of Lakehead University, with a B.A in French and a minor in History, and a B.Ed. He is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers. He worked on Parliament Hill for 9 years, working for three New Democrat Members of Parliament. While working in the NDP caucus, he worked on the Natural Resources, International Co-operation, Post-Secondary Education and Aboriginal Intergovernmental Affairs portfolios. He has extensive experience working in the Natural Resources, Education and Indigenous Rights policy areas.
Since 2006, Cam has worked on more than a dozen election campaigns in three provinces, along with three leadership campaigns. Prior to working on Parliament Hill, Cam was also the author of the politics blog and podcast “Peterborough Politics”, from 2006 until 2009. Cam is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, proud of his roots in Treaty 3 territory in Northwestern Ontario. In October, 2018 Cam joined Bluesky Strategy Group in Ottawa as a Consultant.
The name “Magpie Brûlé” is an amalgam of two terms; “Magpie” come from the Newcastle United Football Team in England, known as the Magpies, Cam’s favourite football team while “Brûlé” comes from the term “Bois Brûlé”, which was a name associated with Métis from Red River. Put together, they speak to the spirit of this blog; being proud of to be who we are and where we come from, while embracing the new on our own terms.