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ISSUE STORIES:

20th Annual GG’s Performing Arts Awards Gala an all-star variety show
A climate change policy hardly anyone talks about
Canada’s banks face regulatory headwinds to international growth

Canadian Forces’ loyalty in jeopardy
Can’t properly scrutinize $255-billlion in spending? Call in a super House-Senate committee
Did the pollsters get it wrong on the Alberta election or not?
Don’t appeal Federal Court ruling
Economic uncertainty, high household debt cools consumer confidence
FASD a major public health challenge
Feds abandon environment
Feds have no intention of changing course on F-35s: plans and priorities document
Feds take an unintelligent approach to intelligence
Feds ‘abdicate’ responsibility for environment, have no plan
Feds’ Trojan Horse budget bill bad news
Government plans to cut $20.1-billion over five years
Grits should focus more on reinventing tarnished brand than on leadership
Imagine what the TransCanada highway would look like without rail
Industry, consumers call on government to bring greater certainty to financial sector

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Penashue’s office undergoes a shuffle
It’s too early to write Tory obituary
Jet-setting minister, feds, should do more for planet’s poor
Justice Department, National Defence reviewing Federal Court’s decision on veterans
Lots flock to Milliken’s official portrait hanging, Quebec Community Groups Network says it can’t get meeting with Gourde, AIC hosts lobby day on Hill
Lougheed gets lionized as greatest premier of the era
More than the corner store
Mulcair tries to target Harper’s lack of respect for Parliamentary institutions
Opposition parties should protest omnibus bill, walk out of House: reader
Our government has made financial literacy a priority
Parliamentary inviolability flawed
Postmedia’s Ottawa bureau cuts ‘devastating’ as media re-evaluate role in online world
Record household debt levels, housing prices, threaten Canada’s economy
Senate Banking Committee should have done better job on its five-year ‘review’
Some 600 PS executives to lose their jobs too
Sovereign, household debt continue to pose greatest economic threats: Flaherty
Status of Government Business
Stop the hypocrisy: provincial liquor boards should support federal wine shipping law reform
There’s a war on nature and democracy
Thinking about PR
Tories emasculate, Quebec students protest
Tories, Liberals slam NDP’s budget bill ‘circus act’
Truppe wants Status of Women Committee to look into sexual harassment in government workplace
UN investigation underlines need for national food policy
Wedge politics can be a force for good
Week Ahead in Parliament

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE STORIES:

Cabinet's Directors of Communications and Chiefs of Staff List 2014: Updated
CRTC chair appointment likely any day now
High-level bureaucratic panel to oversee fighter jets process led by same departments accused of hiding extra $10-billion
Tories should look at alternatives to F-35s after U.S. subcommittee recommends cutting $528-million from its own purchase, say MPs
Conservative MP Hawn estimates CF-18 costs $12,000 less per flying hour than F-35 fighter jet
Wrzesnewskyj urges PM to call byelection in Etobicoke Centre after judge rules last year’s election result ‘null and void’
Optiz received only $1,500 in last election, had to take $50,000 personal loan to finance campaign
Conservatives still face overwhelming public opposition to F-35s: Forum Research poll
Feds confirm they’re shutting down Commons committee inquiry into F-35s
Opposition MPs push back on shutting down House probe into F-35s, Grit MP Bryne says it ‘smacks of corruption’ to close down committee
Conservative MPs rattled by grisly discovery of human foot sent to party’s HQ
NDP says it's ‘criminal’ feds want to shut down F-35 House probe; NDP MP Christopherson calls Grit MP Byrne a ‘dishonourable crybaby’ for leaking story to The Hill Times
Opposition MPs take issue with Public Works Minister Ambrose's appearance at CANSEC trade show
RIO DE JANEIRO SUMMIT: World’s tropical rainforests hold 229 billion tonnes of carbon, but deforestation on the rise
NDP says Defence deputy minister Fonberg may be in contempt of Parliament for Public Accounts Committee testimony on F-35 fighter jets
Tory MP Opitz wants Supreme Court to hear his appeal in October
NDP mounts unusual filibuster in closed-door Public Accounts Committee probe into F-35 fighter jets
RIO DE JANEIRO SUMMIT: How many ways are there to skin a climate crisis? A lot
Feds plan to limit debate twice on sweeping omnibus budget bill this week
Conservatives impose 18 hours of debate on controversial omnibus budget bill
PM Harper’s sweeping omnibus budget bill lays political track for next federal election, say Nanos
RILEY: ‘Painful warrior’ is classy, if conflicted, to the end
Tories treating Parliament with contempt, 'playing games to avoid scrutiny,' says Queen's professor Franks
U.S. government spending watchdog raises more red flags about F-35's soaring costs, delays and major failures
Vic Toews' winning pesto chicken philly melt
$%$&ing the Constitution
OPINION: Arctic search and rescue lacking
Finding room for happiness at Rio+20 Conference: it’s time for Canada to offer constructive leadership to global efforts for human well-being
Rae’s exit from permanent Liberal leadership; smart political move, but party loses a true ‘mensch’
Outside experts called in to verify reliability of F-35 stealth fighter costs to be denied original information provided to DND
NDP filibustering Conservatives' attempt to shut down F-35 committee hearings
Public Works denies outside experts won’t get access to original U.S. F-35 stealth fighter cost information provided to National Defence
Feds to limit debate on massive omnibus budget bill in Senate
F-35 stealth fighter jets’ terms of independent review vindicate AG; winning firm must include all lifetime costs
HT's Quizzical Hill Twitter Challenge: Summer, Books, Arts, Culture, & Leisure
Opposition MPs slam feds’ $1-million to $5-million move to contract out independent review of F-35 costing forecasts; Parliamentary Budget Office could have done it
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Testing new quizzy question
testing new quzzy ANSWER
Auditor general calls for more transparency in Parliament, but secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy continues to tighten it
Conservative-dominated Senate pushes through three contentious bills, PMO says PM will not prorogue Parliament this fall
Feds’ move to close world-renowned freshwater environmental research centre strikes a nerve: Forum Research poll
The summer barbecue and kissing babies circuit
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Ottawa Jazz Fest
Doctors protesting refugee health cuts claim small victory as CIC appears to backpedal on some reforms
‘We were kind of the last man standing’; outgoing National Round Table on the Environment and Economy president defends its track record as closure approaches
Flanagan credits central management of voter and donor ID for party's continued fundraising success
Conservatives have most to gain with six new seats in Alberta, but NDP sets sights on new Edmonton ridings too
This week’s Quizzical question: write a dynamite headline for PM’s Cabinet mini-shuffle
‘At last, I can behave like a grownup’: Victor Wong is this week’s HT Quizzy winner
Bevilacqua’s advice for Opitz: don’t wallow and worry and remain focused on the riding as Supreme Court mulls decision
Elections Canada due for an ‘upgrade’ running elections; parties could be ‘gaming’ election system through increasingly sophisticated technology, say political players
Senate reform bill still stuck in House, one expert warns once passed its consequences will be unknown
Franke James wins HT Quizzical Twitter Challenge for writing best mini-Cabinet shuffle headline
What does it take to be a great political staffer? Offer your best advice
Tories need to ‘protect brand of Stephen Harper,’ the ‘linchpin of Conservatives’ success,’ says Nanos
Political attack ads won’t define leaders without big airtime buys, say pundits
Grit MPs Dion, Cotler plan to challenge ‘arbitrary’ riding boundary changes, Tory MP Gourde ‘surprised’ his riding split in two
Doctors, scientists vow to continue protests against Prime Minister Harper government’s agenda
Let the Summer Olympic Games begin, please: Copps
Ottawa Bluesfest brings out top talent to nation's capital
Chow-Style BBQ Sandwich Recipe
Triemstra, Noble win HT’s Quizzical Twitter Challenge for offering snappiest advice on what it takes to be a great political staffer
How to build a brand: The PM's charm offensive
OPINION: Canada has a responsibility to protect Syria’s children
May wants more Green MPs before 2015, not interested in party merger with Grits
Conservatives expect Calgary Centre’s hotly-contested nomination race to be more competitive than the byelection
New Democrats look to solidify East Coast support with Newfoundland summer caucus retreat
Whiffen wins HT Quizzy Challenge on how the PM can boost his popularity: 'Meet my wife'
HT Quizzy Challenge: which federal politician would win an Olympic gold medal and in what sport?
OPINION: Stop spending millions on prohibition, instead tax and regulate cannabis, says NORML Women’s Alliance of Canada
Conflict of Interest Act's five-year review past deadline, opposition MPs frustrated with 'toothless' bill
Ritz should not wait 45 days, must offer Ontario farmers unequivocal sign of support now, ‘don’t bail on your farms,’ says Grit MP Valeriote
Conservatives raise more money than NDP, Grits combined, but keep an eye on number of contributors to political parties too, says expert
HT Quizzical Challenge: Mulcair's gold medal in poll vaulting
HT Quizzical Twitter Challenge: Caucus meeting fly on the wall
'Working premise' that Canadians don't engage in vote suppression wrong, says Wrzesnewskyj
Opposition MPs criticize government's War of 1812 ads during Olympics, 'smacks of militaristic jingoism'
Elections Canada's argument that Ontario justice's interpretation of Elections Act too rigourous 'frightening,' says CCLA
Behind closed doors: HT Quizzy Challenge winner's take on caucus meetings, polls, and EI
HT Quizzical Twitter Challenge: Create a new standing order
War of 1812 ads during Olympic television coverage cost $1.64-million
Final report on F-35 costs likely won't get Parliamentary scrutiny until 2013, 'seems very suspect': opposition MPs
Conservative government likely under pressure from U.S. to purchase F-35s
HT Quizzy Winner: New Standing Order 1990, Rae and provincial records
How should political parties be playing nice between elections?
Lockheed Martin executive says F-35s will deter 'potential adversary countries' Russia, China
NDP to campaign against F-35 purchase in next election, fight is about democracy, says opposition MP
Opposition MPs criticize PM Harper for riding non-Canadian ATV in rare Yukon ecosystem
HT Quizzy Challenge: PM Harper appoints Lawson as new chief of defence staff, write a photo caption
Public Works hiring private firm to review F-35 procurement process, possibly challenge AG's report
Lawson's appointment to chief of defence staff will affect F-35 debate, says NDP
Tory government likely to continue with F-35 purchase: Williams
Liberals to set fall strategy, talk Grit leadership at Montebello caucus retreat
@Oemissions, Everett Coldwell win HT Quizzy Challenges
What insights would you pass on from U.S. Republican, Democratic conventions?
Trudeau, LeBlanc front runner prospective candidates in Liberal leadership race
Liberals exempt travel costs, will allow candidates to keep high-profile House critics’ roles in newly-released leadership rules
Liberals say they want a competitive leadership race, ‘best thing,’ especially if Trudeau enters fray
Conservatives, NDP, Liberals distance themselves from House’s Federal Court fight with AG
MPs could vote to waive Parliamentary privilege and allow AG to release his documents
AG’s spring report on feds’ F-35 fighter jets attracted ‘massive’ media attention: documents
Grits Hall Findlay, Bertschi question Liberal leadership rules; say they could favour front-runners and sitting MPs
Potential Grit leadership candidates should 'stay home' if they can't raise half a million dollars: Sgro
Conservative MPs put end to Commons committee inquiry into AG’s report on F-35s
Wrzesnewskyj apologizes to former RCMP deputy commissioner George for accusing her of perjury in 2007; George’s $4-million lawsuit now settled
Liberal leadership contest should only have five candidates: Liberal MP McCallum
Three former NDP leadership contenders all spent more than they raised: Elections Canada documents
Grit MPs Pacetti, Simms back Trudeau for leader; Trudeau’s national campaign poised to start
Trudeau attracting buzz, but Murray, Garneau, LeBlanc, Cauchon and others still exploring options to run for Grit leadership
Nexen versus Dalai Lama: a fine political pickle
After 21 years, a Canadian children’s commissioner is long overdue, says UNICEF
Quebecers don’t support federal government's embassy-sharing initiative: Forum Research poll
Trudeau makes it official and Liberals riding a wave of voter interest, 30,000 outside party sign up for leadership election
Tories go behind closed-doors in House committee to kill opposition motion to prevent omnibus bills
Did educators show their real cards to Parliament?
Want to get the vote out? Start with a youth summit
Five prospective Liberal leadership contenders still want to run, despite Trudeau strength, juggernaut
Seven or more prospective Liberal leadership candidates mulling run against media rock star Trudeau
U.S. report on overcrowding prison populations a harbinger for Canadian prisons, say critics, experts
Time for global dignity, help transform young lives
Grit MPs say Dalton McGuinty likely won’t run for federal Liberal leadership, doesn’t jive with his message for party ‘renewal’
Butts resigns from job to work full-time on Trudeau’s Liberal leadership bid, creates more speculation over McGuinty's federal intentions
Liberal MP Sgro says David McGuinty interested in Grit leadership bid, 'shocked' if Dalton enters fray
Insiders, Liberals say they doubt Dalton McGuinty will run for federal Liberal leadership
Dalton’s out, David could be in; McGuinty’s decision to opt out of federal Liberal leadership also frees up his network of political organizers
Conservatives trying to 'whitewash' Public Accounts Committee report on F-35s, say opposition MPs
Feds locked into F-35 fighter jets, despite Ambrose’s promise to consider alternatives, say opposition MPs, point to DND's requirements
Supreme Court rules in Opitz’s favour, Wrzesnewskyj says Tories now playing politics with top court ruling
NDP calls feds’ attempts to convince Parliament they're considering alternatives to F-35s a ‘red herring’; Public Works rejects claims it prefers F-35 fighter jets
Canadian majority opposes omnibus legislation: Forum Research poll
Conservatives on House Public Accounts Committee striking out references to PBO testimony in draft report on F-35s
NDP calls feds’ $645,000 outside audit of F-35 fighter jets acquisition ‘a ploy’
Better benefits needed for veterans and their families: Stoffer
Australian AG says each F-35 fighter jet to cost $131.4-million, same version Canada slated to buy
Bertschi expected to announce bid for federal Liberal leadership Wednesday
Qaqish: relax, people, and take a step back from Trudeaumania
Feds’ offer to send omnibus bill to 11 Commons committees 'a farce,' charge opposition MPs
Federal Court battle hearings over allegations of voter suppression in last election to begin next month in Ottawa
Trudeau leadership win won't be a cakewalk, says Hall Findlay organizer
Toews never issued ministerial press release on feds’ destruction of long gun registry, so gun advocates broke news
Trudeau officially registers as Liberal leadership contender
Liberals to introduce 3,000 amendments to feds’ massive omnibus budget bill, NDP vow to do same; parties say to expect another Commons voting marathon
Bertschi opposes Trudeau’s support for China's CNOOC $15.2-billion Nexen bid, creating first hard policy shift in Liberal leadership race
Canadian Heritage spends $1.45-million on one War of 1812 TV ad during Olympics, feds spend $8-million total to commemorate British-U.S. war
Grit fundraiser actively soliciting ‘pre-launch’ financing for Liberal MP Garneau
Tory Public Accounts Committee members studying F-35 purchase avoid criticizing senior officials, opposition MPs deliver own reports
Independent audit release on F-35s could be delayed until after House adjourns next month, says Public Works
Liberal leadership candidate Murray calls for ‘one-time’ cooperation with major parties to defeat Conservatives in next federal election
High-profile Federal Court Judge Mosley picked to hear voter suppression allegations case, hearings begin Dec. 10
Trudeau shrugs off Conservative attacks over his 2010 Alberta comments, says he won’t play Tory games; NDP back up Libs in Natural Resources Committee to try to stop Tory tactics
Tories to haul Trudeau before House Natural Resources Committee to explain his Alberta statements, opposition parties call it a 'witch-hunt'
Coyne: Grits don't have to apologize for long-gun registry
Trudeau could be called before House Natural Resources Committee in February to explain controversial Alberta comments
Feds have had independent F-35 review report for a week but have yet to table it in House
Fraudulent phone call complaints allowed in Federal Court case to overturn six election results
Yukon voter recalls ‘fishy’ telephone call in last election; Tory MP Aspin says he has clear conscience in his Nipissing-Timiskaming riding’s election results
Lawyer accuses Conservatives of delaying tactics in voter suppression Federal Court hearings
Federal Court judge chastises pollster Graves for using Twitter to eavesdrop on court proceedings after told to leave courtroom
Federal Court hearings: RMG’s lawyer says company didn’t make any misleading calls to voters in last election
Pollster Graves apologizes in Federal Court case for eavesdropping on Twitter after told to leave courtroom
Election result can be overturned if one voter kept from ballot box because of widescale fraud: Elections Canada lawyer
Council of Canadians says ‘Canadians have won’ no matter what; Barlow says voters will appeal to Supreme Court if Federal Court rejects arguments
Critics slam feds’ decision to scrap records of rifle, shotgun sales in wake of Newtown shootings in U.S.
Soviet-U.S. Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 provides lessons worth remembering
Canadian productivity coming at a cost: Carleton 2012 National Study
Feds should review decision to cut refugee claimants' access to health care, says health coalition
Canada's challenge for 2013: New national economic plan
Long-gun firearms sales 'open to abuse,' says Ontario's Chief Firearms Officer
Crane: Canada needs a new national economic plan, now
Seven candidates registered for Liberal leadership, Takach says next leader could determine Grits' fate
Liberals say they expect 100,000-plus eligible voters for leadership vote, and at least three candidates borrow money to cover initial $25,000 entrance fees
Cauchon set to enter Liberal leadership race, Bertschi registers too
Public Works writes to five major European, U.S. fighter jet makers to replace F-35s, critics call it a ‘market’ analysis
Mulcair ready to take on new Liberal leader on 'substantive level'
NDP pitches Mulcair's leader’s summit in fundraising letter for next election campaign
Liberal leadership candidates to talk ‘electoral cooperation’ in upcoming televised debates
Mulcair takes charge of any talks on electoral cooperation, orders NDP MPs not to respond to Green Leader May’s letter
Top players behind aboriginal movement
Some 48 per cent think feds will go ahead with F-35 fighter jets, despite Cabinet’s decision to compare costs: Forum Research poll
May slams Mulcair’s order to NDP MPs not to respond to her electoral cooperation letter
Canadians evenly split on feds scrapping long-gun registry, but 51% also want stronger gun control, says new poll
Conservatives selling out Canada's future for short term economic gain in oil sands and other petroleum developments, say critics
Cabinet Ministers' Meetings with Lobbyists, 2012
‘I’m trying to instill a spirit of cooperation,’ says Green Leader May
This just in: those who hold the real power in Ottawa
Power & Influence bigger, better
HE’S GOT THE POWER: Prime Minister Stephen Harper most influential in 2013
The Top 101 Most Influential People in Government and Politics in 2013: The List
Public Works indicates it’s considering a short-term alternative to replace aging fighter jets
PCO says use of its letterhead touting feds' more tough-on-crime bills in works an error by news wire service, now corrected
Liberals opt for individual TV interviews in Winnipeg, not a televised leadership debate, say it's 'to get know' candidates
Parliament needs a democracy check-up, says new report
Business can bridge the gap for Canada’s aboriginal peoples: Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
The Château Laurier: Parliament’s third chamber
BODY ART: MPs on why they got tattoos
Party time: a guide to some of political Ottawa’s best parties
Tories' Senate reform reference to Supreme Court will divide country, says constitutional law professor
Supreme Court’s decision on Senate's future could pit Ottawa against Atlantic Canada, says expert
Lockheed Martin’s top sales guys pitch F-35s in Ottawa; Canuck test pilot says fighter jets have 50 per cent further range than CF-18s
40 per cent of Canadians want a reformed Senate, 31 per cent want it abolished: Forum Research poll
Most Conservative Party supporters say Canada’s Parliamentary budget officer has done a good job: Forum Research poll
Senate puts Sen. Brazeau on leave of absence; Senators say media should focus on good work of Upper Chamber too
Now’s not the time to jump into ‘constitutional upheaval’ over Senate, says Trudeau
Feds ask Supreme Court to fast-track Senate questions
Candidates’ campaign meet-and-greet events new barometer for federal Liberal leadership strength
Supreme Court speeds up hearings into Harper government's Senate reform questions, Quebec argues against the rush
Feds suggest uproar over Senate residency, expense claims should speed up Supreme Court’s decision on Upper Chamber reforms
Conservative Sen. Duffy found one-page Senator’s living expenses form unclear, had to file it annually
PMO says Flanagan's child pornography comments 'repugnant, ignorant and appalling'
Trudeau has federal Liberal leadership locked up, say Grit MPs, 'people want to see a leader they believe in'
Investor confidence in advisers can translate into improved financings and growth, says IIAC
Feds' reasons for acquiring fighter jets implausible, says Liberal MP
Justin’s got a juggernaut, but he’s not taking anything for granted in federal Liberal leadership campaign, say Trudeau backers
All 10 provinces plan to intervene in feds’ Senate reforms questions to Supreme Court
Environmentalists believe humans are a 'cancer' on the planet, says Sun TV's Levant
Ron Paul a polarizing figure, but 'conservatives not afraid of self-examination,' says Manning on former U.S. Congressman's appearance at networking event
Conservatives must be better at microtargeting voters and communicating ideas to win more seats: data experts
Kenney recalls Dief’s historic 1958 majority election win, says Conservatives can win even bigger next time too
Bergen, Crockatt, Rempel say political parties don’t need quotas for female candidates, it's wrong
Canada ‘light years’ behind U.S. on data mining in election campaigns, time to catch up, say experts
Manning stands by decision to drop Flanagan from Manning Conference panel, says conservatives need to think before speaking, and need to own environmental issues
Most, including Quebecers, say Quebec should require well over 50 per cent to separate: Forum Research poll
U.S. Congressional watchdog says delays in F-35s could put costs of fighter jets out of reach
Garneau’s campaign admits phone survey didn’t comply with CRTC rules on political polling
It ain’t over till it’s over, Trudeau hasn’t won Liberal leadership yet, say Murray and Hall Findlay
Irregularities in Liberal leadership voter registrations being challenged by scrutineers
Grit Party president Crawley says he has ‘full confidence’ in integrity of Lib leadership voters’ list
Economic, social value of flow-through share gifting should not be underestimated
Cabinet ministers fan out across Canada to sell Flaherty’s budget
Trudeau clear front-runner in Liberal leadership campaign, but Murray’s got momentum
Liberal MPs criticize Hall Findlay’s lengthy attack on Murray’s cooperation proposal
MPs receive 1.6 per cent pay increase, annual salary now $160,200

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

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The scene.

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Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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