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Two leaders at Press Gallery dinner and no speeches

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Only two party leaders—Jack Layton and Elizabeth May—showed up at the 2008 Press Gallery dinner this year. Neither gave a speech. Layton attended with his MP wife, Olivia Chow below.

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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau with May.

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Trudeau and Tory Labour Minister Rona Ambrose.

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NDP MP Niki Ashton (left) with Susan Riley, an Ottawa Citizen columnist.

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Riley with Ambrose.

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Transsexual artist/writer Nina Arsenault (left) with NDP MP Libby Davies.

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The CBC’s Rick Mercer asked Arsenault why she doesn’t accept his Facebook friend requests. Arsenault gets up to 500 requests a day and looks only at the first 100. She added him on the spot at the dinner.

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Arsenault with Alykhan Velshi, an aide to Immigartion Minister Jason Kenney, and Krista Erickson, a reporter with the CBC.

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Thomas Mulcair, the NDP’s deputy leader.

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A Quebec performer impersonates Mulcair.

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