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Caffeine and Cheezies, how MPs and staff are surviving midnight sittings

By Rachel Aiello      

‘Of course people are getting tired. It’s only natural. But they’re willing to do it, and they know why they’re here,’ says NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet.

NDP staffer Anthony Salloum and his lobby coordinator counterparts, Conservative staffer Sean Murphy and Liberal Patrick Durocher, haven’t been able to venture far from their posts much in the last two weeks since government’s call to have the House sit until midnight Mondays through Thursdays from May 29 to June 22, with the House scheduled to rise on June 23. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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PARLIAMENT HILL—Inside the opposition lobby, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see a can of pop, a glass of water, iced coffee, and regular coffee lined up on NDP lobby officer Anthony Salloum’s table. Mr. Salloum and his lobby coordinator counterparts, Conservative staffer Sean Murphy, in the government lobby, and Liberal Patrick Durocher, haven’t been able to venture far from their posts much in the last two weeks since government’s call to have the House sit until midnight Mondays

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