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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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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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Sunday, September 21, 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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