The five events that matter most to Ottawa’s power brokers

Scene and be seen around Parliament


The five events that matter most to Ottawa’s power brokers:

Politics and the Pen

The Château Laurier ballroom is packed with famous writers and politicians, especially for the reception—a can’t-miss gathering where you’ll spot Margaret Atwood chatting with Laureen Harper.

Press Gallery Dinner

Each press gallery member is allowed to bring a limited number of guests, and MPs jockey for an invite. It’s also a chance for MPs to redeem themselves for past mistakes through self-mockery.

National Arts Centre Gala

Laureen Harper chairs this arts/corporate/political elite event, which raises funds for young artists. Sarah McLachlan and Chinese pianist Lang Lang have performed, as has Laureen’s other half, on piano.

Minister Moore’s Movie Night

Held in various museums, galleries and at the NAC, MPs line up to have their photos taken with the stars at Heritage Minister James Moore’s movie and music nights, highlighting the best in Canadian culture.

Hope Live

Held in a 262-seat theatre, this fundraiser to help young cancer patients learn about fertility options has become one of Ottawa’s hottest intimate tickets. Rick Mercer hosts; Jann Arden’s performed twice.


The five events that matter most to Ottawa’s power brokers

  1. Ray Novak: Steve
    Harper’s Closet Confidant

    He used to live above Steve Harper’s garage. Now he may be the second most powerful man in

    “Ray is effectively the Prime Minister’s closest confidant,”
    enthuses one government official. “Not only as a member of his staff, but as a
    personal and intimate member of the Prime Minister’s life.”


  2. So the Harpers are Separated. It was no Big Secret.

    Spector’s never been one of my favourite columnists, but why
    should he be fired over something so silly? And why pull the story? Most of us
    already knew and nobody cares.


    repost from Greg Nicholson – he has something on her
    otherwise she would take the kids – she resides at the Chateau Laurier- since
    2009 at which time security costs for the PM double – ironic

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