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Popcorn, prosecco, and 200 guests swarm Métropolitain for post-budget shindig

By Shruti Shekar      

The PMO's squad, including Katie Telford, Gerald Butts, and Kate Purchase made an entrance, while other Hill staffers, politicos, journalists, and lobbyists flocked to the evening post-budget after-party.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's senior policy adviser Gerald Butts chats with former PMO's policy officer Julie Savard-Shaw at the post-budget party. The Hill Times file photograph Andrew Meade

No, there weren’t any scandalous stories nor any bar fights. But there was a lot of laughing, hugging, drinking, and mingling during Earnscliffe Strategy Group’s popular after-budget party last Tuesday night at the political hangout, Métropolitain, a few blocks east of the Hill. Shortly after Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the federal government's $338-billion spending plan at 4 p.m. in the House, nearly 200 politicos, parliamentarians, lobbyists, and reporters flocked to the Métropolitain to let off some steam

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