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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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Friday, September 19, 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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