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Hot topics on the BBQ circuit: Khadr dominates early, but pocketbook issues will carry the summer, say MPs, analysts

By Peter Mazereeuw      

'This is my thirteenth year as an MP. Every time you predict what something will be, you have no idea. Issues come up, and what catches people’s attention will surprise you,' says Conservative MP Brad Trost.

Conservative MP Michael Cooper meets constituents at Castle Downs Park in Edmonton on Canada Day. Mr. Cooper says he has received an earful from constituents in his loyal Tory riding about the government's $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr, and economic priorities. Ben Brodhead photograph courtesy of the office of Michael Cooper
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The early weeks of Parliament’s summer recess have been dominated by news and lots of strong opinion about the government’s financial settlement with Omar Khadr, and Conservative MPs say they have been hearing about it in spades from their constituents. The latest news cycle drives a lot of the chatter MPs hear during the summer, said Conservative MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University, Sask.) in an interview this month, who added he had been paid a visit by constituents upset

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