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Quebecers are écoeurés, disgusted

The whole system of government and how the people we elect actually discharge responsibilities have made voters fed up

QUÉBEC CITY--What, you may ask, might possess a voter in The Distinct Society to turn to the Bloc Québécois come voting day, even though he or she may not be in favour of sovereignty? The question is an important one because the current level of popularity for Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe and his gang is actually not much more than an indication of the weakness of all the other guys, especially the Liberals. A mere few months ago, the BQ was in deep trouble, even though support for sovereignty remained relatively strong. They were losing partisans by the bucket full and they looked like an old, tired party in search of a raison d'être.

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Quebecers are écoeurés, disgusted

The whole system of government and how the people we elect actually discharge responsibilities have made voters fed up

QUÉBEC CITY--What, you may ask, might possess a voter in The Distinct Society to turn to the Bloc Québécois come voting day, even though he or she may not be in favour of sovereignty? The question is an important one because the current level of popularity for Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe and his gang is actually not much more than an indication of the weakness of all the other guys, especially the Liberals. A mere few months ago, the BQ was in deep trouble, even though support for sovereignty remained relatively strong. They were losing partisans by the bucket full and they looked like an old, tired party in search of a raison d'être.

  

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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