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Political flip flops

Flip flops should be sandals worn in summer in Canada. However, they seem to have become more than mere footwear, and have now come to represent the decision-making process as well as the moral fibre of our government. All one has to do is look at staunch Conservative (flip) Liberals such as Belinda Stronach with new Cabinet posts, dedicated Liberal (flop) Independents such as Pat O'Brien against same sex marriage, and Gilles Duceppe going from BQ (flip) to PQ or will he one day, ad nauseam. Since coming to power, Prime Minister Paul Martin seems to also be wearing these shoes when it comes to deciding whether or not to announce the 0.7 per cent GNP deadline for reaching foreign aid targets set by Lester B. Pearson back in 1969, and then there is Ralph Goodale who said "yes" to a 0.7 per cent timetable in the U.K. with Tony Blair then (flop) "not yet" after returning to Canada. Hopefully these shoes won't be worn by other countries at the G8 this July in Scotland.

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Political flip flops

Flip flops should be sandals worn in summer in Canada. However, they seem to have become more than mere footwear, and have now come to represent the decision-making process as well as the moral fibre of our government. All one has to do is look at staunch Conservative (flip) Liberals such as Belinda Stronach with new Cabinet posts, dedicated Liberal (flop) Independents such as Pat O'Brien against same sex marriage, and Gilles Duceppe going from BQ (flip) to PQ or will he one day, ad nauseam. Since coming to power, Prime Minister Paul Martin seems to also be wearing these shoes when it comes to deciding whether or not to announce the 0.7 per cent GNP deadline for reaching foreign aid targets set by Lester B. Pearson back in 1969, and then there is Ralph Goodale who said "yes" to a 0.7 per cent timetable in the U.K. with Tony Blair then (flop) "not yet" after returning to Canada. Hopefully these shoes won't be worn by other countries at the G8 this July in Scotland.

  

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Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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