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Ottawa food bank anniversary and a plate of nachos


 

The Ottawa Food Bank had a reception on the Hill marking its 25th anniversary. In 1984, Gerard Kennedy, now a Toronto Liberal MP, was executive director of the food bank in Edmonton. He came to Ottawa to help them set up their food bank.

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Tim Powers of Summa Strategies, who helped organize the event,  gets some Liberal love.

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Powers with Newfoundland Liberal MPs Judy Foote (right) and Siobhan Coady.

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John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and an Ottawa MP.

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Liberal interim leader Michael Ignatieff.

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Iggy with Quebec Conservative MP Sylvie Boucher.

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Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt.

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Conservative House leader Jay Hill and his wife Leah Murray.

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Newfoundland NDP MP Jack Harris.

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John Fitzgerald (left), Premier Danny Williams’ man on the Hill, CTV’s Tom Clarke of Power Play with Tom Clark, and Jack Harris.

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Ontario Conservative MP Gord Brown.

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Stéphane Dion’s former communications director Leslie Swartman, with baby Jack and husband Nick Masciantonio (left).

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Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, aide to Justin Trudeau.

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Volunteer bartenders Greg MacEachern of Summa Strateges and Carrie Croft of Interplay Creative Media.

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MacEachern with Trevor Graham, a Liberal staffer’s spouse.

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Josh McJannett of Summa Strateges and Margaux Carson.

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Liberal strategist Susan Smith of Bluesky Strategy.

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Alex Maheu, former staffer to Toronto Liberal MP Mario Silva.

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Toronto Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay.

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Ontario Liberal Glen Pearson who still sits as volunteer executive director of the London Food Bank while serving as an MP.

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One of Iggy’s main men, former Liberal MP Paul Zed.

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Alberta Conservative MP Rob Merrifield.

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Tory supporter and organizer Chris Lawton (right).

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Food served included nachos.

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Earlier in the day, Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan was giving kids from his riding a tour of parliament.

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Ottawa food bank anniversary and a plate of nachos

  1. Wow! Beautiful photo of Lisa Raitt.

  2. The Cobalt Coleman Latchford and Area Food Bank congratulates Ottawa Food Bank for helping citizens for 25 years. Please try to serve healthier food next time you celebrate.

  3. Too bad you don’t have images of the poor people receiving the stale bread, days old soup and overripe produce that passes for food in the nations’s soup kitchens and food banks . T’would be much better to raise welfare and minimum wage rates so we poor people can purchase food of our own choice.

    • In fairness, Dion probably ignored his communication director’s advice, just like he ignored everyone else’s advice.

  4. And the pixieish and lovely Kady O’Malley! No doubt expecting a committee to break out at some point…

  5. Where you can tell, not a single one of the men in jackets is wearing his jacket buttoned while standing, except the young fellow in the third-to-last photo.

  6. Kennedy was involved with the Toronto Food Bank, though he may have inspired others.