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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, April 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Former Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at age 82: some photos from his life on the Hill April 22, 2014

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Herb Gray, the former Liberal MP, Cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister, pictured here with his daughter Elizabeth Gray-Smith, died on Monday, April 21 at the age of 82. He served in Parliament of 39 years and was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs.
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Herb Gray and his former assistant Eugene Lang, pictured at a Hill reception.
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Herb Gray, pictured on his way to a U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party in Ottawa. Mr. Gray may have not been in the House in his later years, but he regularly attended Hill-related receptions.
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Herb Gray at a menorah-lighting ceremony on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured back in his Centre Block office when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office, being interviewed by Bill Curry, who was a reporter for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office back when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill posing for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured on Parliament Hill.
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Herb Gray pictured with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg, on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray, pictured on a rainy day on the Hill.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray.
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Herb Gray, centre, pictured with the late Liberal MP Shaughnessy Cohen, and Windsor Star Hill reporter Paul McKeague, during a Hill fire drill.
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Herb Gray, who went esophagus cancer in 1996 and beat it, is pictured here in a Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray, pictured at a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa on his way into a special Cabinet minister back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum. Allan Thompson, left, was a reporter with The Toronto Star, and Paul McKeague, pictured right behind Mr. Gray, was never far behind the MP from Windsor.
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Herb Gray in another Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray in his Centre Block office back when he was a Cabinet minister. He collected, framed, and hung up most of the editorial cartoons of himself in his Centre Block office.
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Herb Gray and his many framed cartoons.
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Herb Gray and his editorial cartoons, pictured in his Centre Block office.

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