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HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS

Hill construction hiding former PM Pearson statue

Hill construction hiding former PM Pearson statue
Unlike three other statues of former prime ministers the Public Works Department moved to safer spots—because they were directly located on excavation or temporary building sites—Public Works managers kept the statue of Pearson where it was and surrounded it with the plywood hoarding for protection.

May press gallery speech a stumble, not a fall, say strategists

May press gallery speech a stumble, not a fall, say strategists
While some say Elizabeth May’s performance raises legitimate questions and will serve as future partisan fodder, others argue reaction to the failed comedy act, hardly the first of its kind, has been overblown.

Akin heads new Sun Media Hill bureau under Postmedia Network

Akin heads new Sun Media Hill bureau under Postmedia Network
David Akin is back writing a column three times a week for the Sun Media, now owned by the Postmedia Network.

Feds 'missing great chance' to tackle climate change: Mitchell

Feds 'missing great chance' to tackle climate change: Mitchell
'We know this is an issue. You can’t see the president of the United States and the Pope talking about this in such vehement terms and not think there’s something we should do,' says Sea Sick author Alanna Mitchell.

Sights and sounds from inside the 2015 media budget lock-up in Ottawa

Sights and sounds from inside the 2015 media budget lock-up in Ottawa
The Hill Times asks lobbyists, reporters, researchers and stakeholders what they were looking for in the 2015 federal budget.

MP’s new book offers personal take on First Nations schools

MP’s new book offers personal  take on First Nations schools
‘I think the story of what Shannen and her friends did is one of the great hero stories’: Charlie Angus

Flora MacDonald was ‘a force for women in politics’

Flora MacDonald was ‘a force for women in politics’
Flora MacDonald was the first woman to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives and the first female foreign minister in the developed world.

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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