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Yep, it’s that time of year again

Putting together the annual Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential People List is not easy and we always hear lots about it after it’s published. But someone’s got to do it.

Photograph courtesy of the PMO: Jason Ransom
Standing on guard for thee: Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, centre and officials and guests, pictured at Cabinet’s July 15, 2013, swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

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Every fall, before I start working the phones, I send emails to multiple, well connected sources who know the lay of the Ottawa political land and gently remind them “it’s that time of year again.” No, it’s not a reminder about the fall party season on the Hill, because there are non-stop shindigs and soirées every fall, but it’s a reminder that I will soon be picking their brains on who’s up and who’s down on the coming year’s Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential List. I send the emails to Conservative, NDP, and Liberal political staffers and lobbyists.

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Yep, it’s that time of year again

Putting together the annual Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential People List is not easy and we always hear lots about it after it’s published. But someone’s got to do it.

Photograph courtesy of the PMO: Jason Ransom
Standing on guard for thee: Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, centre and officials and guests, pictured at Cabinet’s July 15, 2013, swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Download The Power & Influence magazine Winter 2014 edition here.

 

 

Every fall, before I start working the phones, I send emails to multiple, well connected sources who know the lay of the Ottawa political land and gently remind them “it’s that time of year again.” No, it’s not a reminder about the fall party season on the Hill, because there are non-stop shindigs and soirées every fall, but it’s a reminder that I will soon be picking their brains on who’s up and who’s down on the coming year’s Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential List. I send the emails to Conservative, NDP, and Liberal political staffers and lobbyists.

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, May 30, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
As Justice Minister Peter MacKay prepares to announce he's is leaving politics, here's a look back at his time on the Hill May 29, 2015

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Peter MacKay joined by Senator Bob Runciman, Tim Uppal, and Corneliu Chisu met with the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Canadian Urban Transit Association to mark the passing of Bill S-221, which amends the Criminal Code to address assaults against public transit operators.

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On May 12, the day UN rapporteur James Anaya released his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Canada, families of missing and murdered women demonstrated on the steps of Parliament Hill. Mr. MacKay and fellow Conservative MP Joy Smith happened to be on the steps at the same time, for a photo opportunity, where a life jacket-donning Mr. MacKay was confronted by the women asking for his help. He said he would be willing to sit down and talk about the issue of missing and murdered women. When the meeting in Mr. MacKay’s office was scheduled, it was arranged symbolically to be held on the six-year anniversary of Mr. Harper’s apology to First Nations for residential schools, said Mr. Fiddler.

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Mr. MacKay behind the bench at a 2013 Conservative Party hockey game.

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Peter MacKay with his wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam and their son Kian.

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Mr. MacKay with Laureen Harper at the 2013 Sandbox Canada event on Sparks Street.

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Mr. MacKay, getting meta with his BlackBerry, alongside fellow caucus colleagues in 2013. From left: Bernard Valcourt, Shelly Glover, Peter Van Loan, Leona Aglukkaq, and Diane Finley.

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In committee with junior defence minister Julian Fantino, on March 13, 2012. During the meeting the pair said the government would commit to procuring the F-35 joint single strike fighter jets.

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Then-U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert M. Gates and Peter MacKay during his tenure as Defence minister.

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Peter MacKay and Tim Powers. Mr. MacKay broke his arm while being tackled in a rugby game on the Hill on May 27, 2009. He was playing for the Canadian Forces team, against the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, which Mr. Powers is a part of. Apparently Mr. MacKay barely flinched when the medics pushed his elbow back in place, and was doing interviews five minutes later.

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Mr. MacKay with the Brazilian foreign minister Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim in a 2007 joint press conference following their bilateral meeting.

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Peter MacKay signing... as he was sworn in with the rest of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cabinet Feb. 6, 2006.

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July 20, 2006 Mr. MacKay speaks to press after a technical briefing in Ottawa over concerns about the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon.

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Mr. MacKay tossing around a football on the Hill with Mr. Harper in 2005. Other photos from this afternoon on the lawn were cause for some contention for Mr. Harper at the time.

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Peter MacKay, Jack Layton, and Anne McLellan in 2004, seen here debating the Throne Speech with CBC's Don Newman.

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Then-leader of the Progressive Conservatives Peter MacKay, and Stephen Harper, then-leader of the Canadian Alliance announced on Oct. 16, 2003 that they agreed to join their two parties. 'Our swords will henceforth be pointed at the Liberals, not at each other,' Mr. Harper said at the time.

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