Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was promptly swarmed by a pack of talking heads, including CTV's Craig Oliver, Global's Kevin Newman, CTV's Roger Smith, and Tom 'The New Duffy' Clark.
The U.S. Embassy luncheon was surprisingly short on familiar faces, but still managed to snatch Paul Dewar away from his NDP caucus.
Iggy's posse have the darndest idea that Michael Ignatieff and Barack Obama are so alike they might be mistaken for brothers.
In the real world, the time for making New Year's resolutions has passed, however, in the rarified Parliament Hill universe New Year's isn't until Jan. 26, when the House of Commons returns.
Party Central checks out Navdeep Bains' Holiday cards, and then looks back at 2008 with the Parliamentary Press Gallery gang.
Old-school Conservatives gather to celebrate Richard Clippingdale's Robert Stanfield's Canada and coalition weary Libs let their hair down at Diesel on Elgin Street.
Parliamentary Press Gallery journalists, MPs, and a few lucky staffers gathered at the Museum of Civilization in Hull to have some dinner, wine, and, of course, get in a little gossiping.
And after receiving an invitation for a 'Liberal Pride' event in the ByWard Market, Party Central thought the 'pride' part was simply a defiant morale booster for the Liberals.
All for a good cause: Not only was Craig Oliver's fÃªte one of the biggest and best of 2008, but at $300 a plate it brought in $100,000 for the University of Ottawa Eye Institute.
Parliamentary Press Gallery well-wishers capped off a slow news week by gathering in Ottawa's ByWard Market at the Empire Grill Thursday night to send off one of their own.
Politicos gathered at D'Arcy McGee's to cheer on Barack Obama and have some free beer while they're at it.
What have you heard? Who's in? Who's out? Who's up? And who's down? It was all the talk Wednesday night at a surprisingly pleasant party at the National War Museum.
This week Party Central heads out to the posh Royal Ottawa Golf Club for a brief respite from the election madness.
It wasn't a fancy or a swishy gala, but there were artists and politicians there to protest the government's $45-million in cuts to arts and culture programs.
'Irascible, indomitable' Conservative lobbyist and spinmeister Tim Powers draws quite the eclectic crowd at Martini Ranch: Guinness and Baileys 'Irish Car Bomb' shooters anyone?
But Ottawa-Centre NDP MP Paul Dewar, who will be running in one of the hottest races in the country, appeared to be as tranquil as the oil paint landscapes hanging on the walls.
The gays and the people who want the gays to vote for them were out in full force last Thursday night in Ottawa to walk the 'red carpet' at the Pride Gala. It was Pride Week in the Capital.