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Manning Conference attendees to network, talk election strategy

Attendees say networking and the chance for informal conversations with ministers, MPs, MPPs and party workers is increasingly a central attraction, and Preston Manning says this year there are even more opportunities to talk shop.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Preston Manning, pictured at previous Manning Centre Conferences in Ottawa, told The Hill Times the Manning Networking Conference is to float potentially controversial policy ideas, rub elbows with policy-makers and connect with conservatives from across the country.

Political staffers, lobbyists, business leaders, activists, and politicians alike will gather at the Manning Networking Conference this week to debate policy, hear from speakers and get campaign training, though the chance to rub elbows and talk shop with influential people from across the country—including corridor conversations with an eye on 2015—is increasingly the main draw, attendees say.

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Manning Conference attendees to network, talk election strategy

Attendees say networking and the chance for informal conversations with ministers, MPs, MPPs and party workers is increasingly a central attraction, and Preston Manning says this year there are even more opportunities to talk shop.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Preston Manning, pictured at previous Manning Centre Conferences in Ottawa, told The Hill Times the Manning Networking Conference is to float potentially controversial policy ideas, rub elbows with policy-makers and connect with conservatives from across the country.

Political staffers, lobbyists, business leaders, activists, and politicians alike will gather at the Manning Networking Conference this week to debate policy, hear from speakers and get campaign training, though the chance to rub elbows and talk shop with influential people from across the country—including corridor conversations with an eye on 2015—is increasingly the main draw, attendees say.

  

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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.
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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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