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'I don't know why hon. Members keep doing this to me': House Speaker Peter Milliken

The House Chamber was packed to the rafters last Thursday night on an historic spring evening when House Speaker Peter Milliken (Kingston and the Islands, Ont.) cast the first ever tie-breaking confidence vote for a Speaker on the government's budget, giving the Liberals a tight 153 to 152 victory. The Libs and NDP MPs immediately jumped to their feet, roared and applauded as the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois sat looking at them across the aisle. The tension and excitement was palpable, as the sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows on either side of the House Chamber. But before the House vote, MPs mingled in the Lower Chamber, kibbitzing. The press gallery was jammed with reporters, the public galleries were jammed with people. The NDP MPs stood, clapping and sang, "He's got the whole world in his hands," as Independent MP Chuck Cadman (Surrey North, B.C.) took his seat in the House. Mr. Cadman supported the government on both votes as did Independent MP Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga-Erindale, Ont.).

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'I don't know why hon. Members keep doing this to me': House Speaker Peter Milliken

The House Chamber was packed to the rafters last Thursday night on an historic spring evening when House Speaker Peter Milliken (Kingston and the Islands, Ont.) cast the first ever tie-breaking confidence vote for a Speaker on the government's budget, giving the Liberals a tight 153 to 152 victory. The Libs and NDP MPs immediately jumped to their feet, roared and applauded as the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois sat looking at them across the aisle. The tension and excitement was palpable, as the sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows on either side of the House Chamber. But before the House vote, MPs mingled in the Lower Chamber, kibbitzing. The press gallery was jammed with reporters, the public galleries were jammed with people. The NDP MPs stood, clapping and sang, "He's got the whole world in his hands," as Independent MP Chuck Cadman (Surrey North, B.C.) took his seat in the House. Mr. Cadman supported the government on both votes as did Independent MP Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga-Erindale, Ont.).

  

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Monday, April 21, 2014
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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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