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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, 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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