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Obama nation hits Ottawa


 

Barack Obama books greeted you at the Ottawa airport.

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The red carpet and red duct tape was rolled out.

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The protective case under the Peace Tower.

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Part of what kept that case together.

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Environemental Defence hosted the only real Obama pre-party the night before the president’s arrival. This Canadian environmental advocacy group packed the Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant. Below, executive director Rick Smith addresses the mixed and very multi-partisan crowd.

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Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s team: Carol Grenier (top left), Tina Arvanitis (top right), Zac Healy (cool glasses), Andrew Bernardo (no glasses) and Barack Obama.

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Summa Strategies’s Tim Powers with some dude.

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Powers (right), with Smith (left), the NDP’s Brad Lavigne and Kevin Bosch (in the back), Director of Strategic Communications in Ignatieff’s office.

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Liberals Mathieu Gravel (left), from the Liberal Party of Canada’s National Office (he serves as a compliance officer for convention 2009), and Daniel Rubinstein and from Vancouver Liberal MP Hedy Fry’s office.

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Lindsay Doyle from Michael Ignatieff’s office.

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Mark Sakamoto from Michael Ignatieff’s office with macleans.ca’s Kady O’Malley.

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Josh McJannett from Summa Strategies.

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Powers, Obama and Mark Cameron from the PMO.

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The hill when Obama arrived.

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All the glitz and glam being put away for another presidential visit.

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