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Ottawa food bank anniversary and a plate of nachos

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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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