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Shape up MPs; world is yours

A recent editorial in the Montreal Gazette is titled, "Making MPs somebodies," and contains four important recommendations. The first, which suggests relaxing caucus discipline and easing the whips, would have little practical effect on government party members. Most will reluctantly admit that they sit in Ottawa thanks to he Prime Minister and the party program. I was labelled a maverick, but maintained the best voting record, because I know that I was not elected for my good looks.

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Shape up MPs; world is yours

A recent editorial in the Montreal Gazette is titled, "Making MPs somebodies," and contains four important recommendations. The first, which suggests relaxing caucus discipline and easing the whips, would have little practical effect on government party members. Most will reluctantly admit that they sit in Ottawa thanks to he Prime Minister and the party program. I was labelled a maverick, but maintained the best voting record, because I know that I was not elected for my good looks.

  

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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