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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.

  

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Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
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National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
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Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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