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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.

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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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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Press Freedom Advocates Look Back on a Bloody Year May 4, 2015

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The Château Laurier was filled with journalists and press freedom advocates Thursday, April 30.
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Don Newman moderated the luncheon again this year.
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The Globe and Mail's Shawn McCarthy, Canada Council of the Arts' Simon Brault, and AP's Kathy Gannon, accepting the 17th annual Canadian World Press Freedom Award.
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AP reporter Kathy Gannon giving a speech about what press freedom means to her, during the luncheon.
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University of Ottawa's Anne McIlroy, Free the Children's Shelley Page, and Maclean's Sue Allan.
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University of Ottawa professor Tolga Yalkin, and Global News' Jacques Bourbeau.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
First place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Signe Wilkinson.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Second place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Elchicotriste.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Third place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Ebrahim Ghanei.
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House Speaker's D.Comms Heather Bradley, Andrew House, and Chris Day.
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Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay and Hugh Scott from RX&D.
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Kristie Jones and Katie Tenenhouse of Reporters Without Borders.
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Mohamed Fahmy joined the celebrations via video message.

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