It was colder that -20 degree Celsius, but we strapped on our long underwear and stuck heading packs all over our body, before stepping out a shooting the RedBull Crashed Ice World Championships in Ottawa. The track was nestled between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and wound it’s way along the Rideau Canal Locks towards the Ottawa River.
New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) Charlie Angus has officially announced that he will be running for the party’s leadership. These portraits were taken on a very snowy day in December behind the Museum of History, with the shadow of Parliament Hill behind us, for Maclean’s Magazine when Angus was musing about the idea of running for leader.
Conservative Party of Canada interim-leader Rona Ambrose in her Centre Block office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 1, 2017. Photograph by Blair Gable
Last year Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted US President Barak Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa. I was one of the official photographers for the summit.
This was the second time I had photographed Barak Obama; the first being his first official state visit. The next time the POTUS rolls through town, he will probably be on a book tour or a high paying speaking engagement.
With Kevin O’Leary entering the Canadian Progressive Conservative (CPC) leadership race today, I thought it would be a good time to publish some photos from the day I spent with Mr. Wonderful in Ottawa last year. O’Leary is a reality TV star on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, NBC’s Shark Tank, author of multiple books, businessman, investor, and now political party leadership hopeful. O’Leary was in town for a Manning Institute conference and took part in a panel called “If I run, here’s how I’d do it”. He also spoke with Evan Solomon for a CFRA radio program, did a live hit at CTV Ottawa, and bought some art from a shop at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
Canada’s Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa April 13, 2016. Photograph by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will give Peter Stoffer and Rodger Cuzner a run for their money in the nicest-guy-on-Parliamen-Hill contest. I photographed him quickly in the rotunda of Centre Block on Parliament Hill for Macleans Magazine.
Last week, Maclean’s Magazine and L’actualité held a Welcome to the Hill event at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier for Members of Parliament. While former Liberal MP Lloyd Axworthy received a Lifetime Achievement Award, it was former Prime Minister Jean Chretien who stole the show. Chretien was giving out Shawinigan Handshakes, throwing punches, posing for selfies, meeting new MPs, and hanging with the old boys.
See more of my photos from the night at Macleans.ca
Maclean’s Magazine sent me back to Tweed, a medical marijuana grow-op housed in the former Hershey’s chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, for an open house and an update on their business plans. A few weeks later, they announce that Snoop Dogg will have his own line of designer pot available in Canada.
Shopify co-founder and chief design officer Daniel Weinland at their downtown office space in Ottawa November 26, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable