Most recent entries for February 2011

My moment with Moammar

As we sprinted across Moammar Gadhafi's front lawn, we had to swerve to avoid the camels.

It was a bizarre obstacle course: dozens of the ungainly creatures, sitting standing, and yes, fornicating.

It was December, 2004. Our media bus holding a dozen journalists, cameramen and photographers had been delayed after taking a wrong turn on the way in from the Tripoli Airport. Then-prime minister Paul Martin was already in the Bedouin tent inside the compound that the Libyan leader still calls home. If we didn't hustle, we'd miss the one photo-op: a brief handshake.

More after the jump....

Question of the Day

As noted in OotD, the Canadian Civil Liberties will release its final report into the security surrounding last year's G20 summits in Toronto. Check back at 11am for full liveblogging coverage! 

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The NDP has released new television ads that will air over the course of the next three weeks.

One of them is a national ad and asks the question, "Has Ottawa stopped working?"

There's talk of "lobbyists," "Senators" and "insiders" and basically what the NDP wants to see in the next federal budget.

Of course, we already know those initial talks about the budget between the Prime Minister Layton didn't exactly go swimmingly.

Nevertheless, here is the NDP's "ask," officially and on the record so we can remember it in the weeks leading up to the budget.

More, including link and screen shots, after the jump...

Live: PM and the Olympians

Stephen Harper and  Minister of State for Sport Gary Lunn will pose for the cameras with VANOC's John Furlong, the COC's Marcel Aubut and athletes from the 2010 Winter Games.

And we're there live, after the jump.

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The prime minister takes a break from being briefed on the ongoing crisis in Libya to bask in the warmth of the now year-old Vancouver Olympic afterglow by posing for pictures with various and sundry medal winners, as well as VANOC CEO John Furlong and his minister of state for sport, Gary Lunn. Although the event is open to media, it is, as the advisory puts it, a photo opportunity only, making this the third time in four days that he has convened the media to cover an event without taking a single question, which may, in fact, be a record, at least for this PM.  

Reporters with pressing queries on the situation in Libya will have to content themselves with a mid-morning briefing by Government House Leader John Baird, of all people, who heads out to the Foyer after tabling documents related to the additional sanctions announced by the PM yesterday evening.  

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Speed Read: Feb. 28, 2011

The All-Weekend Hill Ticker

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

Well, this is helpful.

(See after the jump for a press release that just went out to the press gallery)

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