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NDP must choose between grilling and being grilled

Agreeing to adjourn early would postpone more committee testimony on ineligible NDP expenses, but it would also mean missing an opportunity to challenge the government on the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP leader Tom Mulcair said last week he would deny the unanimous consent required for the House to adjourn early.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The government has put the NDP in a corner where it must decide whether to agree to a motion adjourning the Commons early for the summer—allowing the party to avoid damaging testimony on $36,000 worth of ineligible mailing expenses its MPs claimed—or oppose the motion in order to continue Commons sittings and attack the government over a green light it is expected to give for the controversial Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to the B.C. Coast.

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NDP must choose between grilling and being grilled

Agreeing to adjourn early would postpone more committee testimony on ineligible NDP expenses, but it would also mean missing an opportunity to challenge the government on the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP leader Tom Mulcair said last week he would deny the unanimous consent required for the House to adjourn early.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The government has put the NDP in a corner where it must decide whether to agree to a motion adjourning the Commons early for the summer—allowing the party to avoid damaging testimony on $36,000 worth of ineligible mailing expenses its MPs claimed—or oppose the motion in order to continue Commons sittings and attack the government over a green light it is expected to give for the controversial Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to the B.C. Coast.

  

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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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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