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Organizing budget day ‘like a campaign war room inside the minister’s office’

By Rachel Aiello      

Eight budget lockups happened in Ottawa before Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the federal budget at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Robert Asselin, policy director to Mr. Morneau, said it was almost like running a campaign war room inside the minister's office for the three weeks leading up to Tuesday's budget day.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured with Finance Minister Bill Morneau heading into the House of Commons to table the 2016 budget. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

PARLIAMENT HILL—On Parliament Hill and in the Hill neighbourhood, eight different budget day lockups took place for journalists, MPs and Senators, lobbyists, stakeholders, and federal officials, with around 2,000 participants. Logistically speaking, it’s the biggest annual event for the Parliamentary Press Gallery, which has been coordinating with Finance Canada officials for the last three weeks to pull off. Robert Asselin, policy director to Finance Minister Bill Morneau (Toronto Centre, Ont.) and economic adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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