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Big John has a long row to hoe

Hoover Time... Or, in the technical vernacular, time for Canada's Finance Minister and Deputy PM to do some major sucking up. John Manley got started last week with his surprise announcement that he was dropping out of the leadership race. He declared Paul Martin the next Prime Minister of Canada and said he would be "excellent." Mr. Manley is even going to start consulting with him on decisions, though Mr. Martin is still technically only a backbencher and a leadership candidate. Coming from one of the current PM's staunchest defenders, this statement appears to have pushed Jean Chrétien's into official lame duck territory and really piles on the pressure for him to leave before next February.

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Big John has a long row to hoe

Hoover Time... Or, in the technical vernacular, time for Canada's Finance Minister and Deputy PM to do some major sucking up. John Manley got started last week with his surprise announcement that he was dropping out of the leadership race. He declared Paul Martin the next Prime Minister of Canada and said he would be "excellent." Mr. Manley is even going to start consulting with him on decisions, though Mr. Martin is still technically only a backbencher and a leadership candidate. Coming from one of the current PM's staunchest defenders, this statement appears to have pushed Jean Chrétien's into official lame duck territory and really piles on the pressure for him to leave before next February.

  
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Fourth of July party at U.S. ambassador's residence July 6, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The dance floor was packed all evening, as The Digs played an assortment of Motown tunes. Even the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards got in on the fun.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, joined by his wife, Vicki, and Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson and his wife, Arlene.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, with his wife Arlene and Mr. and Mrs. Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman getting down on the dance floor, as Donna Chevrier, owner of Ola Cocina restaurant, looks on.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman, joined onstage by their two daughters, Liza and Caroline.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman testing out one of the vintage cars on display.

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Cakes from Eli's Cheesecake were flown in from Chicago just for the event—salted caramel, chocolate chip and blackberry sour cream. Shockingly, no pie was served at these Fourth of July festivities.

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