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Baird’s spot richly deserved, but not a single environmentalist on list

Regarding the spring issue of your Power & Influence magazine, in your annual survey of the top 100 people influencing Canada’s global future, you rank Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird the second most powerful politician after the Prime Minister. You say that he’s been called one of the best foreign ministers since Lloyd Axworthy, which is about 14 years by my calculation. This is faint praise indeed, but richly deserved. If cooler heads than that of John Baird had not prevailed, chances are the United States, and possibly Canada, would today be embroiled in another war in the Middle East.

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Baird’s spot richly deserved, but not a single environmentalist on list

Regarding the spring issue of your Power & Influence magazine, in your annual survey of the top 100 people influencing Canada’s global future, you rank Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird the second most powerful politician after the Prime Minister. You say that he’s been called one of the best foreign ministers since Lloyd Axworthy, which is about 14 years by my calculation. This is faint praise indeed, but richly deserved. If cooler heads than that of John Baird had not prevailed, chances are the United States, and possibly Canada, would today be embroiled in another war in the Middle East.

  

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Monday, September 15, 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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