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Harper sticks to tight script, media more aggressive, tension 'more intense' following prime minister on campaign trail

The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

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Hello Newfoundland: PM Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, centre, pictured on March 31 in St. John's, Nfld., following a rally with supporters.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

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Harper sticks to tight script, media more aggressive, tension 'more intense' following prime minister on campaign trail

The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

Photo courtesy of the Conservative Party of Canada
Hello Newfoundland: PM Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, centre, pictured on March 31 in St. John's, Nfld., following a rally with supporters.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

  
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Sunday, May 24, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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