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Time for Ottawa to embrace Idle No More

Idle No More may have fizzled, but it hasn’t gone and it isn’t going away.

Photograph by Steve Gerecke, The Hill Times
Idle No More gives voice to that sense of pride combined with anger, and it is multifarious. There isn’t a single and easy top priority. They are kind of like the Parliament of Canada, which rarely speaks with one voice, and with five political parties, has at least five perspectives on any public policy issue. And if MPs really could speak their minds and had free votes we would see a lot more than five perspectives.

 

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Time for Ottawa to embrace Idle No More

Idle No More may have fizzled, but it hasn’t gone and it isn’t going away.

Photograph by Steve Gerecke, The Hill Times
Idle No More gives voice to that sense of pride combined with anger, and it is multifarious. There isn’t a single and easy top priority. They are kind of like the Parliament of Canada, which rarely speaks with one voice, and with five political parties, has at least five perspectives on any public policy issue. And if MPs really could speak their minds and had free votes we would see a lot more than five perspectives.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, September 15, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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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