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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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Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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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