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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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Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
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National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
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Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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