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Party Central rings in Obama inauguration at U.S. Embassy and then swings by NDP headquarters to some jubilant toasting Dippers

The U.S. Embassy luncheon was surprisingly short on familiar faces, but still managed to snatch Paul Dewar away from his NDP caucus.

We're not even to the end of January and already the word "historical" is in the running to become the most overused term of 2009. Even notoriously cynical Party Central can't help but admit that the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama really does fit the bill, however, which made it particularly lame that more was done to mark the Throne Speech of Canada's shortest Parliament than for the swearing-in of the man who after only a few days on the job has already become Omar Khadr's guardian angel.

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Party Central rings in Obama inauguration at U.S. Embassy and then swings by NDP headquarters to some jubilant toasting Dippers

The U.S. Embassy luncheon was surprisingly short on familiar faces, but still managed to snatch Paul Dewar away from his NDP caucus.

We're not even to the end of January and already the word "historical" is in the running to become the most overused term of 2009. Even notoriously cynical Party Central can't help but admit that the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama really does fit the bill, however, which made it particularly lame that more was done to mark the Throne Speech of Canada's shortest Parliament than for the swearing-in of the man who after only a few days on the job has already become Omar Khadr's guardian angel.

  

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Friday, September 19, 2014
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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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