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Six-month NDP leadership race 'agonizing,' making official opposition difficult, says Martin

'It’s getting very difficult to hold our own as the official opposition without a leader. We’re managing, but we’re treading water,' says NDP MP Pat Martin.

The Hill Times Photograph By Jake Wright
MP Pat Martin says the NDP leadership race is taking a toll on his party's Parliamentary life.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The six-month NDP leadership race has started to take some wind out of the party’s sails in Parliament and is beginning to drain shadow cabinet and staff resources at a time when the party needs them most, says NDP MP Pat Martin.

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Six-month NDP leadership race 'agonizing,' making official opposition difficult, says Martin

'It’s getting very difficult to hold our own as the official opposition without a leader. We’re managing, but we’re treading water,' says NDP MP Pat Martin.

The Hill Times Photograph By Jake Wright
MP Pat Martin says the NDP leadership race is taking a toll on his party's Parliamentary life.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The six-month NDP leadership race has started to take some wind out of the party’s sails in Parliament and is beginning to drain shadow cabinet and staff resources at a time when the party needs them most, says NDP MP Pat Martin.

  

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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