After 20 years in provincial and federal politics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has announced his retirement from Canadian Politics. The Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean has held many portfolios over his career, including Government House Leader, President of the Treasury Board, Environment Minster, Energy Minister, and Minister of Transport.
Baird in a tractor with Chuck Strahl.
Baird with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Baird giving a press conference at DFAIT.
Baird and former Speaker of the House of Commons Peter Miliken with their Parliamentarian of the Year awards.
Baird greets families of fallen fire fighters.
Baird with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
During Question Period in the House of Commons.
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On January 21, around 8:30 am Ottawa Police arrested Nova Scotia resident Christopher Phillips at the Chemo Hotel in Ottawa. Phillips was wanted by Nova Scotia RCMP after the discovery of a suspicious package in a garage in the Halifax suburb of Cole Harbour and “hazardous and volatile chemicals” in a cottage in Grand Desert, east of Dartmouth. Here is what I shot during an early and cold morning of work.
Vice-chairman of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Susheel Gupta at his office in Ottawa December 10, 2014. Gupta’s mother was killed in the Air India bombing of 1985. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 27, 2014. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star
Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday. After playing for the Detroit Redwings for a year, Alfredsson signed a one-day contract with the Senators so he could retire in Ottawa. Some of my photos were used by Newspapers in Sweden. This was my first time shooting for the Swedish photo service Bildbyran.
It was also my first time shooting NHL hockey since 2012, after covering the team for six years.
This Remembrance Day ceremony was especially significant since Corporal Nathan Cirillo was fatally shot by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau at National War Memorial only a few weeks before. I believe this was the first Remembrance Day where I was free to roam and take photos – usually I am in the photo pool shooting the dignitaries. I expected to have more freedom, but ended up getting stuck in the crowd with tens-of-thousands of on-lookers for much of the ceremony. There was also a very heavy security presence – you always see lots of security when the Prime Minister is around, but the guns were much bigger this year.
Scenes from downtown Ottawa following a shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was on ceremonial sentry duty at the Canadian National War Memorial, was fatally shot and died on scene. Zehaf-Bibeau then launched an attack in the nearby Centre Block Parliament Building and was killed by Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers outside the Parliamentary Library.
I was downtown shortly after the shooting took place and spent the rest of the day roaming downtown and sneaking out of lock-downs.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (L) greets admirers following a reception at Rideau Hall in Ottawa September 17, 2014. The Princess was visiting Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon at Rideau Hall Canada with her husband the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)
Above: See the guy in the top left taking a photo? Bellow: I was in the background photo he was taking (crouching down). Worlds collide!
Above photo courtesy Jonathan Fortier.
The Governor General was sorry to see them go. They became BFFs!
Hundreds of people practice yoga on the west lawn of Parliament Hill in during a Lululemon community event in Ottawa July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)
A Supermoon rising over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa July 12, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)
I can’t wait for the ones in August and September!