Craig Oliver turns 70


 

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CTV legend Craig Oliver held his 70th birthday bash at the Fairmont Château Laurier ballroom. The event raised $100, 000 for the W. Bruce Jackson Endowment for Fellowships in Ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa. Oliver is legally blind.


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Political heavyweights were out in full force: Stephen Harper, Jean Chrétien (and note Michael Igantieff in the background).

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Chrétien with Claude Sauvé, general manager of the Fairmont Château Laurier.

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Chrétien and Justin Trudeau.

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Chrétien and CTV’s Lloyd Robertson.

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Chrétien and Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla.

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Bernard Lord, former Premier of New Brunswick, and Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

 

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(Left to right) former Green Party press secretary Camille Labchuk, Green Leader Elizabeth May, Matthew Deacon from the government whip’s office, Transport Minister John Baird.

 

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Power Tories (left to right): Josh McJannett of Summa Strategies with Tory MP Michael Chong and former MP Rahim Jaffer.

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Josh McJannett of Summa Strategies with his Summa colleague Greg MacEachern.

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Summa Strategies’ star Tim Powers.

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Michael Ignatieff’s wife, Zsuzsanna Zsohar.

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Craig Oliver turns 70

  1. Were Stephen Harper and Chretien staring daggers at each other? I find it hard to believe they could schmooze after this week.

    • Welcome to Ottawa! That’s the way it is here. These guys go at each other’s throats in front of the media but they often schmooze and fraternize like this. The same way that football players will beat the crap out of each other then hug and hang out afterwards.

      What I find surprising is that all these political heavyweights turned up for a reporter’s birthday. I dont think I’ll view Craig Oliver in the same objective eye again. How critical can he be if he’s reporting on all his friends.

      Guys like Micheal Harris (the radio guy), Steve Madely and Lowell Green are held in higher esteem in my mind. They may be in-your-face but they tell it like it is.
      How many of Ottawa’s elite turned up for their birthday bashes?

  2. Wow, it all looks pretty convivial.

    Hey, where was Dion? You’d think he’d want to be there, if only to fetch drinks for Elizabeth May.

  3. That picture of Chretien and Harper is nice. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. The teacher and his pupil, right there.

  4. No pic of Mike Duffy scarfing down canapes?

  5. Harper’s nose seems to be a little longer.

    Funny, Harper hanging off Chretien (I wonder what Chretien was thinking)

  6. What I find funny is how the pols mostly get along with one another, they know the sound and fury is just for show, and it’s the partisan supporters who get their knickers in a twist about the most miniscule of things and can’t let go.

  7. jwl, I think it’s the other away: the niceties are just for show.

  8. What we’re they thinking?

    Chretien: “Bastard”
    Ignatieff:” Bastards”
    Harper ” Bastard”

  9. “What I find funny is how the pols mostly get along with one another, they know the sound and fury is just for show, and it’s the partisan supporters who get their knickers in a twist about the most miniscule of things and can’t let go.”

    “jwl, I think it’s the other away: the niceties are just for show.”

    Now clearly this depends on the individual politician. Although I’m no Datlon McGuinty fan, one of his finest moments was when in the house he stood up and praised Mike Harris for his public service and his personal sacrifices.

    I hope jwl is right.

  10. My experience (in business) has been that there is a respect between people who have held or currently hold the top job, even if normally opposed, because they know what is involved. That is my guess when it comes to PM Harper and former PM Chretien.

    Also, two never give an inch, nasty ball-breakers are going to have a certain respect for each other. Chretch probably said something like “Hey Steve, did you ave as much fun beating Paul Martin as I always did?” Har Har Har.

  11. Congrats to Craig Oliver on the big 7-0! Still, by far, the best political reporter working for CTV.

  12. Low praise indeed!

  13. “jwl, I think it’s the other away: the niceties are just for show.”

    A lot of the MP’s are friends with MP’s from the other parties (I have known various pages for both provincial and federal parliament who have said this). I mean you will get some folks that are not likely to socialize much, like say, Rob Anders, but a Chuck Strahl or John Reynolds is the kind of convivial backslapper that people like. Or put otherwise, who do you most imagine Jim Prentice playing cards with (I bet he has an amazing poker-face) – Myron Thompson or Keith Martin?

  14. Shame he hasn’t been forced out to pasture yet, he’s one of the worst.

  15. Oh it’s so nice to see Jean Chrétien out and about!