Conservative leader welcomes reporters for beer pong and BBQ

Conservative MP Michael Chong with Conservative Interim Leader Rona Ambrose at her garden party for the media on June 6 at her residence, Stornoway. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

National Post's Ottawa bureau chief John Ivison chats with Global TV's Dawna Friesen. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Guests mingle after a dinner of BBQ eats. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

James Bezan with political strategist Rick Anderson, Ms. Friesen and MP Tony Clement. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vice News' Justin Ling plays beer pong with Mr. Bezan after dinner. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Parliamentary Secretary Pamela Goldsmith-Jones with Italian Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado at the Italian residence on June 2 for Italy's national day reception. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ambassador of Tunisia Riadh Essid greets Mr. Cornado. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Spanish Ambassador Carlos Gómez-Múgica, right, with his spouse, Maria de la rica Aranguren, left, and Peruvian Ambassador Marcela López Bravo. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Erika Ylonen, financial administrator of the Finnish Embassy, and Teija Muir assistant to the ambassador of Finland, share a laugh. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Laurence Schaller, sales manager for government and protocol at the Chateau Laurier with Vietnamese Ambassador To Anh Dung and his spouse, Tran Phi Nga. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Hülya Coskun with one of her paintings at a June 2 art exhibition, co-hosted by the Turkish Embassy and Terra Art. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Turkish Ambassador Selçuk Ünal speaks at the art exhibition.. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Serbian Ambassador Mihailo Papazoglu, with Lilia Faulkner of Terra Art and the Serbian ambassador's spouse, Durda Papazoglu, and Turkish first secretary Yusuf Turan Cetiner. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Dancers perform at the Palestine Day celebration hosted by the Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians' capital region branch on May 30 at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Liberal MP Chandra Arya with Bill Ayyad, the general manger at Park’N Fly Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Larry and Barb Hill with Mr. Ayyad celebrate Palestine Day. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ottawa city councillor Michael Qaqish with CHIN Radio producer Jerry Absi and Liliane El-Helou, host on CHIN Radio. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Venezuelan Ambassador Wilmer Barrientos and Ecuador's Ambassador Nicolás Trujillo at a reception during the visit of Venezuela's director general of the deputy minister's office for North America, Ricardo Moreno. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Slovenian Ambassador Marjan Cencen shakes hands with Mr. Moreno at the Venezuelan Embassy on May 30. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright