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It's the democratic deficit, stupid

Liberals were angry with Paul Martin over his speech at Toronto's Osgoode Hall last week in which he criticized the Prime Minister's stranglehold on government. Mr. Martin proposed a series of Parliamentary reforms to allow individual MPs more say in government policy, but he may as well have shot a cannon through the windows of the Langevin Block. Mr. Martin was lambasted as a Johnny-come-lately, a Johnny-come-lightly and a blistering hypocrite. All true enough perhaps, but this is the world's longest Liberal leadership race and it's about time the favoured candidate put some meat on his leadership promises. He did that last week. Only time will tell if he's a hypocrite. And we're not going to crucify him for introducing good ideas in the meantime.

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It's the democratic deficit, stupid

Liberals were angry with Paul Martin over his speech at Toronto's Osgoode Hall last week in which he criticized the Prime Minister's stranglehold on government. Mr. Martin proposed a series of Parliamentary reforms to allow individual MPs more say in government policy, but he may as well have shot a cannon through the windows of the Langevin Block. Mr. Martin was lambasted as a Johnny-come-lately, a Johnny-come-lightly and a blistering hypocrite. All true enough perhaps, but this is the world's longest Liberal leadership race and it's about time the favoured candidate put some meat on his leadership promises. He did that last week. Only time will tell if he's a hypocrite. And we're not going to crucify him for introducing good ideas in the meantime.

  

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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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