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Party Central: Politicos let out their inner space geek

By Emily Haws
Astronauts were in abundance at the event, including Governor General Julie Payette and Jeremy Hansen. David St-Jacques also sent in video greetings from the International Space Station.

MDA's Sylvain Reindeau and Benjamin Hamel. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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MDA's Holly Johnson and Ken Martin. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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MDA's Holly Johnson, Lieutenant-Colonel John Cowen, MDA's MIke Greenley, Brig. Gen. Kevin Whale, astronaut Jeremy Hansen, and MDA's Leslie Swartman. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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Conservative MP Leona Allislev, Liberal MP Larry Bagnell, and Major Konrad Eyvindson at MDA 50th anniversary party on Feb. 25, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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The British High Commissioner's Debbie Goodleff, Conservative MP Leona Alleslev, and staffer Elisa Damiano. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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Museum of Nature's Kasia Majewski and the U.S. Embassy's Robert Tibbetts. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and Arctic Security Consultants' Pierre Leblanc.

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NDP MP Pierre Nantel at MDA's 50th anniversary party. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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Governor General Julie Payette at MDA 50th anniversary party on Feb. 25, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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Nearly 100 new MPs offer new face of Parliament, including 60 in flipped seats

In many ways the incoming Parliament looks quite similar to its predecessor, with 240 returning MPs, the same number of MPs who are Indigenous or a visible minority, and 10 more women.

Rise of advance voting raising questions about impact on, and of, campaigns: experts

Almost 4.8-million Canadians voted at advance polls this year, according to Elections Canada estimates, a roughly 30.6 per cent increase over 2015, accounting for roughly one-quarter of all ballots cast this election.

Watchdog’s proposed minority Parliament rules ‘appalling,’ says legal expert

News|By Mike Lapointe
Democracy Watch says Governor General should speak with all party leaders before deciding who can try forming government, but Emmett Macfarlane says the confidence convention is the linchpin of the parliamentary system.

McKenna may be moved to new cabinet role after four years implementing Grits’ climate policies, say politicos

News|By Neil Moss
Catherine McKenna's 'tenure in environment would have prepared her well for any other kind of responsibility the prime minister may assign,' says former environment minister Jean Charest.

‘They went with what they knew’: Politicos react to Election 43

'If anybody should've won a majority, it should've been Trudeau. He didn't, and it's his to wear,' says CBC columnist Neil Macdonald of the Oct. 21 election results.

‘A clear mandate’: Trudeau wins second term, with voters handing Liberals a minority

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though not improbable, his victory was not inevitable. It brings an end to a nail-biting, gruelling 40-day slog that has exposed deepening rifts across the country.

McKenna wins re-election in Ottawa Centre, trumpets voters’ support for climate fight

News|By Neil Moss
'I’m so relieved,' Catherine McKenna said, about continuing with the Liberal climate change plan.

Election 2019 was a ‘campaign of fear,’ say pollsters

'There may well be a message to this to the main parties, that slagging each other will only take you so far,' says Greg Lyle.

Election 2019 campaign one of the most ‘uninspiring, disheartening, and dirtiest’ in 40 years, says Savoie

News|By Abbas Rana
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she has never seen an election where mudslinging overwhelmingly dominated the campaign, leaving little or no time for policy discussion.
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