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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, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE