Suzanne Larochelle, a nursing faculty teacher at Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec October 14, 2015. Larochelle has written a teaching lexicon to help english-speaking nurses work in french. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 9, 2015. This is the same office that legendary photographer Yousuf Karsh took the portrait of a very grumpy Sir Winston Churchill. Regan has promised to return proper decorum to the House of Commons during Question Period. Photo by Ottawa photographer Blair Gable for Toronto Star / Star Touch
Portrait of Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna after speaking at a Canada 20/20 conference in Ottawa November 20, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
During the 2011 Canadian Federal Election, the NDP won many ridings across Canada in the “Orange Crush” and many of those MPs were quite young. Before the 2015 election, I photographed six of them, including the McGill Four, for the Toronto Star. Of the six, only Ruth Ellen Brosseau, Pierre-Luc Dusseault and Matthew Dube retained their seats.
NDP Members of Parliament Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Laurin Liu, Charmaine Borg, Mylene Freeman, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Matthew Dube on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 22, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star
Kevin Page in Ottawa April 3, 2015. Page is a former Parliamentary Budget Officer and current Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
Canada’s Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet Ministers were sworn in at Rideau Hall in Ottawa November 4, 2015. REUTERS / Blair Gable
I’m sure we all remember where we were when the news that Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot came out. He was killed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau while on sentry duty at the Canadian National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in downtown Ottawa. I was at home when the email arrived from an editor telling me to get my ass out the door. The six people below were unenviably close when it happened and attempted to save Cirillo’s life. Within weeks of the event, the six heroes were back together at my studio to give their only group interview for Macleans Magazine. It was the beginning of one of the biggest documentary/multimedia projects that I have been a part of.
You can read the full story, or hear their story in their own words, here: http://site.macleans.ca/longform/heroes/index.html