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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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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Press Freedom Advocates Look Back on a Bloody Year May 4, 2015

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The Château Laurier was filled with journalists and press freedom advocates Thursday, April 30.
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Don Newman moderated the luncheon again this year.
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The Globe and Mail's Shawn McCarthy, Canada Council of the Arts' Simon Brault, and AP's Kathy Gannon, accepting the 17th annual Canadian World Press Freedom Award.
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AP reporter Kathy Gannon giving a speech about what press freedom means to her, during the luncheon.
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University of Ottawa's Anne McIlroy, Free the Children's Shelley Page, and Maclean's Sue Allan.
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University of Ottawa professor Tolga Yalkin, and Global News' Jacques Bourbeau.
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First place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Signe Wilkinson.
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Second place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Elchicotriste.
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Third place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Ebrahim Ghanei.
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House Speaker's D.Comms Heather Bradley, Andrew House, and Chris Day.
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Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay and Hugh Scott from RX&D.
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Kristie Jones and Katie Tenenhouse of Reporters Without Borders.
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Mohamed Fahmy joined the celebrations via video message.

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