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Election readiness in high gear this summer, federal political parties busy

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The Conservative Party’s director of political operations Fred DeLorey asks party members to start preparations for the next election now, as ‘if you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.’ NDP spokesman George Soule said ‘momentum is picking up, candidates are being sought, dates are being scheduled.’ Deputy Liberal Leader Ralph Goodale said his party is planning on completing most of its nominations in 338 ridings this year.

The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015, but political parties are busy this summer fundraising, nominating candidates and reaching out to their rank-and-file members across the country, asking them to put their election readiness activities in high gear. The Conservatives officially say one-third of their 338 candidates have been nominated, but The Hill Times understands that almost half have been nominated, while the New Democrats completed nominations in eight ridings and have opened up nominations in all 98 held ridings, and the Liberals completing nominations in 68 held and unheld ridings.  

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Election readiness in high gear this summer, federal political parties busy

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Conservative Party’s director of political operations Fred DeLorey asks party members to start preparations for the next election now, as ‘if you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.’ NDP spokesman George Soule said ‘momentum is picking up, candidates are being sought, dates are being scheduled.’ Deputy Liberal Leader Ralph Goodale said his party is planning on completing most of its nominations in 338 ridings this year.

The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015, but political parties are busy this summer fundraising, nominating candidates and reaching out to their rank-and-file members across the country, asking them to put their election readiness activities in high gear. The Conservatives officially say one-third of their 338 candidates have been nominated, but The Hill Times understands that almost half have been nominated, while the New Democrats completed nominations in eight ridings and have opened up nominations in all 98 held ridings, and the Liberals completing nominations in 68 held and unheld ridings.  

  

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

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The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
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Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
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Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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William Stairs.
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Former prime minister Joe Clark.
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Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
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Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
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The crowd.
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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
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It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
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Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
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Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
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Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
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The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
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CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
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Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
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Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.

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