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Internet campaigning: the new normal

The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.

TORONTO–As MPs, ministers, and their staff return to the Hill members of the press gallery are scrambling to find fresh clues and signs that point to an inevitable election campaign. Parliament Hill watchers have pointed to the appearance of campaign buses, surplus announcements, and increasing numbers of nomination meetings in local ridings. But the PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the "new normal" in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning. In other words, the more predicable change in political seasons has given way to a permanent electioneering of sorts. It's a bit like global warming, where Ottawa's political climate has come to resemble Aruba, rather than say Moose Jaw. In Aruba, it's sunny and hot 365 days a year (with a steady blowing wind).

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Internet campaigning: the new normal

The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.

TORONTO–As MPs, ministers, and their staff return to the Hill members of the press gallery are scrambling to find fresh clues and signs that point to an inevitable election campaign. Parliament Hill watchers have pointed to the appearance of campaign buses, surplus announcements, and increasing numbers of nomination meetings in local ridings. But the PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the "new normal" in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning. In other words, the more predicable change in political seasons has given way to a permanent electioneering of sorts. It's a bit like global warming, where Ottawa's political climate has come to resemble Aruba, rather than say Moose Jaw. In Aruba, it's sunny and hot 365 days a year (with a steady blowing wind).

  
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
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Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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