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Liberals say they want a competitive leadership race, ‘best thing,’ especially if Trudeau enters fray

It is too early to count any prospective contender out of the Liberal leadership race out despite Liberal MP Justin Trudeau’s skyrocketing profile and media magnetism, say heavyweight Liberal backroomers and strategists.

The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Quebec Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, pictured right, in March with Quebec Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau, left, in Ottawa after Mr. Trudeau won the celebrity boxing match. Mr. Trudeau is considered a political rock star in the party, but Grits want a competitive leadership race if and when Mr. Trudeau declares his candidacy.

 

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Liberals say they want a competitive leadership race, ‘best thing,’ especially if Trudeau enters fray

It is too early to count any prospective contender out of the Liberal leadership race out despite Liberal MP Justin Trudeau’s skyrocketing profile and media magnetism, say heavyweight Liberal backroomers and strategists.

The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Quebec Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, pictured right, in March with Quebec Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau, left, in Ottawa after Mr. Trudeau won the celebrity boxing match. Mr. Trudeau is considered a political rock star in the party, but Grits want a competitive leadership race if and when Mr. Trudeau declares his candidacy.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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