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MPs, senators and Hill staffers forego food for the day to raise hunger awareness

Attention Hill denizens: You may want to forgive any sudden, seemingly unprovoked outbursts of precinct-wide crankiness in advance.

More than 70 MPs, senators and staffers -- including, among others, the PM's right-hand man, Nigel Wright -- are set to voluntarily forego food for the day to mark Hunger Awareness Week in Canada.

According to the organizers, the fast provides the opportunity to "experience what it's like to have food out of reach during an average day."

Wright isn't the only senior aide leaving his lunch bag at home: Raoul Gebert and Vincent MacNeil, chiefs of staff to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Whip Judy Foote, respectively, are also expected to take part.

The full list of parliamentary participants:

(Leadership Offices)

Prime Minister`s Office - PMO (Conservative)
Nigel Wright - Chief of Staff

Office of the Leader of the Opposition - OLO (NDP)
Raoul Gebert - Chief of Staff

Office of the Liberal Whip (Liberal)
Vincent MacNeil - Chief of Staff

(In alphabetical order)

Malcolm Allen
M.P. Welland (NDP)
Robyn McKee - Political Staff
Katie Elliott - Political Staff

Jay Aspen
M.P. Nipissing - Timiskaming (Conservative)

André Bellavance
M.P. Richmond - Arthabaska (Bloc Québécois)

Leon Benoit
M.P. Vegreville - Wainwright (Conservative)

Candice Bergen
M.P. Portage - Lisgar (Conservative)
Victoria McLaren - Political Staff
Nick Moore- Political Staff

Dennis Bevington
M.P. Western Arctic (NDP)

Denis Blanchette
M.P. Louis-Hébert (NDP)

Lysanne Blanchette-Lamothe
M.P. Pierrefonds - Dollard (NDP)

Peter Braid
M.P. Kitchener - Waterloo (Conservative)
Liz Seymour - Political Staff
Corey Michaels - Political Staff

Brad Butt
M.P. Mississauga - Streetsville (Conservative)
Sarah Nolan - Political Staff

The Hon. Scott Brison
M.P. Kings - Hants (Liberal)
Tisha Ashton - Political Staff

Ruth Ellen Brosseau
M.P. Berthier - Maskinongé (NDP)
Zoé Poirier Stephens - Political Staff
Marie-France Savard - Political Staff

Lois Brown
M.P. Newmarket - Aurora (Conservative)

Ron Cannan
M.P. Kelowna - Lake Country (Conservative)

Sean Casey
M. P. Charlottetown (Liberal)
Sheldon Gillis - Political Staff

Chris Charlton
M.P. Hamilton Mountain (NDP)
Roberta Webster - Political Staff

Sylvain Chicoine
M.P. Châteauguay - Sant-Constant (NDP)

Joe Comartin
M.P. Windsor - Tecumseh (NDP)
Patrick De Sousa - Political Staff
Renée Taylor - Political Staff

Raymond Côté
M.P. Beauport - Limoilou (NDP)

Jean Crowder
M.P. Nanaimo - Cowichan (NDP)
Calinda Brown - Political Staff
Lindsay Mathyssen - Political Staff

Don Davies
M.P. Vancouver Kingsway (NDP)
David Horan-Lunney - Political Staff

Libby Davies
M.P. Vancouver East (NDP)

Linda Duncan
M.P. Edmonton - Strathcona (NDP)

The Hon. Wayne Easter
M.P. Malpeque (Liberal)
Chelsey Rogerson - Political Staff

Art Eggleton
Senator - Ontario (Liberal)
Paul Faucette - Political Staff

Mylene Freeman
M.P. Argenteuil - Papineau - Mirabel (NDP)
Maxime Beaudoin - Political Staff

Marc Garneau
M.P. Westmount - Ville-Marie (Liberal)
Jean Proulx - Political Staff

Alain Giguère
M.P. Marc - Aurèle - Fortin (NDP)

Nancy Greene Raine
Senator - B.C. (Thomson - Okanagan - Kootenay) (Conservative)

The Hon. Laurie Hawn
M.P. Edmonton Centre (Conservative)

Jim Hillyer
M.P. Lethbridge (Conservative)

Pierre Jacob
M.P. Brome - Missisquoi (NDP)

Mobina Jaffer
Senator, British-Columbia (Liberal)

Randy Kamp
M.P. Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge - Mission (Conservative)

Matthew Kellway
M.P. Beaches - East York (NDP)
Mary Susan Yankovich - Political Staff

Hélène Leblanc
M.P. Lasalle - Émard (NDP)

Ryan Leef
M.P. Yukon (Conservative)
Kay Richter - Political Staff

Pierre Lemieux
M.P. Glengarry - Prescott - Russell (Conservative)

Megan Leslie
M.P. Halifax (NDP)

Thomas J. McInnis
Senator - Nova-Scotia (Conservative)

Terry Mercer
Senator - Northend Halifax (Liberal)
David Sheppard - Political Staff
Sherry Petten - Political Staff

Élaine Michaud
M.P. Portneuf - Jaques-Cartier (NDP)

Percy Mockler
Senator - New Brunswick (Conservative)
Diane Thériault-Michaud - Political Staff
Réné Sirois - Political Staff

Wilfred P. Moore
Senator - Stanhope St. / South Shore (Liberal)
Archie Campbell - Political Staff
Lisa Fisher - Political Staff

Jim Munson
Senator - Ottawa / Rideau Canal (Liberal)
Lisa Thibedeau - Political Staff
Christian Dicks - Political Staff

Peggy Nash
M.P. Parkdale - High Park (NDP)

Joe Preston
M.P. Elgin - Middlesex - London (Conservative)

Anne Minh-Thu Quach
M.P. Beauharnois - Salaberry (NDP)
Camille Bouillon Bégin - Political Staff
Isabelle Bourassa - Political Staff

Mathieu Ravignat
M.P. Pontiac (NDP)

Fernand Robichaud
Senator- New-Brunswick (Liberal)

Jean Rousseau
M.P. Compton - Stanstead (NDP)
Marilyne Gagné - Political Staff
Julie Tomicic - Political Staff

Jasbir Sandhu
M.P. Surrey North (NDP)

The Hon. Judy Sgro
M.P. York West (Liberal)

Peter Stoffer
M.P. Sackville - Eastern Shore (NDP)

Mike Sullivan
M.P. York South - Weston (NDP)
Deb Byrnes - Political Staff
Paul Ferreira - Political Staff

Bernard Trottier
M.P. Etobicoke - Lakeshore (Conservative)

Frank Valeriote
M.P. Guelph (Liberal)
Daniel Arsenault - Political Staff
Jeffrey Valois - Political Staff

The Hon. Josee Verner
Senetor - Québec (Montarville) (Conservative)
Liz Schlesak - Political Staff
François Dubois - Political Staff

Asha Hingorani
Editor, Parliament Now (Hill Times)

Brigitte Desjardins
Director, Senate Real Property Planning Directorate
Senate of Canada

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