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Stakeholders pat Liberals on back for expansive federal budget

By Derek Abma      

Getting a head-start in order to communicate to members and media, as well as wanting ‘to be part of history,’ are among the factors that attracted more than 200 members of advocacy and special-interest groups to a lockup on Parliament Hill on budget day.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau walk down the stairs to the main foyer in Centre Block just before presenting Budget 2016 in the House of Commons. More than 200 representatives of various advocacy and interest groups were part of a lockup in Centre Block, and most walked out happy with the results. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

When Finance Minster Bill Morneau took to the floor of the House of Commons to bring down the new Liberal government's first federal budget last Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST, a group of more than 200 advocates of various interests had already been going over details of the document in a lockup that started an hour-and-a-half earlier just down the hall. And most came out happy. As per usual, one of several lockups held around Ottawa on budget day

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