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MPs’ spouses reveal what it’s like being ‘the other half’ of an elected official

By Shruti Shekar      

CPAC, text messages, FaceTime, and trips home: how spouses of MPs manage their lives and make their relationships work despite long distances and long hours.

P&I spoke to four MPs and their spouses about what it’s like when you haven’t seen your partner for more than a week—or sometimes longer—but can turn on CPAC and watch them in action. Clockwise, from left: Kelly Doherty and Conservative MP Todd Doherty; Howard Stiff and his wife, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson; Christian Mongrain-Theriault and wife, NDP MP Christine Moore; and Stelios Doussis, with husband, Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan. Provided photos.

With talk of making the House of Commons more “family friendly” in the shadow of Parliament Hill’s reputation as a home-wrecker, P&I spoke to four MPs and their spouses about what it’s like when you haven’t seen your partner for more than a week—or sometimes longer—but can turn on CPAC and watch them in action.

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