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NDP vows legal fight, will deny early summer break over BOIE ruling

Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP leader Tom Mulcair, pictured in this file photo, said the NDP would fight the Board of Internal Economy's ruling on party mailings in Federal Court.

PARLIAMENT HILL – The NDP is on a collision course with Conservatives who dominate the secretive board of MPs governing Commons spending over the repayment of $1.17-million in mailing costs for NDP flyers. The board ruled Wednesday that the mailings were ineligible for free MP mailing privileges on the grounds they were prepared and distributed to “advance electoral purposes.”

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NDP vows legal fight, will deny early summer break over BOIE ruling

Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP leader Tom Mulcair, pictured in this file photo, said the NDP would fight the Board of Internal Economy's ruling on party mailings in Federal Court.

PARLIAMENT HILL – The NDP is on a collision course with Conservatives who dominate the secretive board of MPs governing Commons spending over the repayment of $1.17-million in mailing costs for NDP flyers. The board ruled Wednesday that the mailings were ineligible for free MP mailing privileges on the grounds they were prepared and distributed to “advance electoral purposes.”

  

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Tuesday, September 16, 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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