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Four parties fighting for seat in former minister Ashfield’s riding

Four parties fighting for seat in former minister Ashfield’s riding
Candidates are hearing about the economy, energy and the environment at the door.

Fewer media outlets on 2015 leaders’ tours due to long campaign, less value-for-money

Fewer media outlets on 2015 leaders’ tours  due to long campaign, less value-for-money
This election, a seat on the Conservative leader’s tour costs $3,000 per day, $12,500 per week or $78,000 for all 11 weeks. The NDP is offering a $700-per-day bus-only option, or $2,000 per day with plane use. It costs $12,500 per week or $50,000 for all 11 weeks with the NDP tour. The Liberals are charging $2,500 per day, $12,500 per week or $50,000 for the full 11 weeks.

Agriculture should be part of economic discussion, say industry advocates

Agriculture should be part of economic discussion, say industry advocates
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will take part in a debate on agriculture in Ottawa on Sept. 30, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

Renewed focus on economy helps Harper change channel from Duffy trial: pollster Lyle

Renewed focus on economy helps Harper change channel from Duffy trial: pollster Lyle
Prime Minister Harper can say that he dealt with an economic downturn before and Conservatives can do it again.

Horserace narrows while Liberals gain on underlying numbers

Horserace narrows while Liberals gain on underlying numbers
The biggest story this month is the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau, who rebounded in favourability and gained on Tom Mulcair on delivering positive change. The party brand has also closed the gap with the NDP on protecting the middle class.

FEATURE

MP’s new book offers personal take on First Nations schools

MP’s new book offers personal  take on First Nations schools
‘I think the story of what Shannen and her friends did is one of the great hero stories’: Charlie Angus

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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