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House political leadership to unfold

The early reviews are in. Prepare for a "wild ride" in this second session of the 39th Parliament. The political stakes are "extremely high," and it will be an "emotionally charged Parliament" partly because Prime Minister Stephen Harper boldly declared on Oct. 3 that he would put in place perpetual confidence motions on key government bills, including crime and justice bills, indicating he wants an election earlier rather than later. This is the Prime Minister's prerogative, indeed, but it also heightens the drama and the brinkmanship and in the process forces each party leader to clarify his Parliamentary leadership role. It's not ideal for making Parliament work, but it's a strong test for political leadership.

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House political leadership to unfold

The early reviews are in. Prepare for a "wild ride" in this second session of the 39th Parliament. The political stakes are "extremely high," and it will be an "emotionally charged Parliament" partly because Prime Minister Stephen Harper boldly declared on Oct. 3 that he would put in place perpetual confidence motions on key government bills, including crime and justice bills, indicating he wants an election earlier rather than later. This is the Prime Minister's prerogative, indeed, but it also heightens the drama and the brinkmanship and in the process forces each party leader to clarify his Parliamentary leadership role. It's not ideal for making Parliament work, but it's a strong test for political leadership.

  
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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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