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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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Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE