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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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Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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