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New Liberal MP happy to prop up shaky minority government

Meet Canada's newest MP: he added one more seat to the minority Liberals, but a whole lot more to the morale of the governing Grits.

New Liberal MP-elect Todd Russell, 38, grew up on the small island-village of William's Harbour on the southeast coast of Labrador. Population: 50. It was so small he had to move to Mary's Harbour to finish high school. He had an intimate connection to the land, lived off the land and remembers cheering when "the first salmon come." While he went to high school, he worked on an oil tanker and later on as an outreach counsellor with the Atlantic Ground Fish Strategy. He went on to St. John's, Nfld., to complete his bachelor's in history and classics at Memorial University and then got real interested in politics. He headed up the university's student council and got involved with the Young Liberals. Later, he was elected to the board of the Labrador Metis Association, now the Labrador Metis Nation and has been president since 1994.

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New Liberal MP happy to prop up shaky minority government

Meet Canada's newest MP: he added one more seat to the minority Liberals, but a whole lot more to the morale of the governing Grits.

New Liberal MP-elect Todd Russell, 38, grew up on the small island-village of William's Harbour on the southeast coast of Labrador. Population: 50. It was so small he had to move to Mary's Harbour to finish high school. He had an intimate connection to the land, lived off the land and remembers cheering when "the first salmon come." While he went to high school, he worked on an oil tanker and later on as an outreach counsellor with the Atlantic Ground Fish Strategy. He went on to St. John's, Nfld., to complete his bachelor's in history and classics at Memorial University and then got real interested in politics. He headed up the university's student council and got involved with the Young Liberals. Later, he was elected to the board of the Labrador Metis Association, now the Labrador Metis Nation and has been president since 1994.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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