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Setting politics aside for Haiti quake relief

Cabinet ministers, MPs and political staffers of all stripes fill a Parliament Hill ballroom on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, to raise nearly $32,500 for the Red Cross and Humanitarian Coalition

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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau (Papineau) and NDP MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) prepare to take the stage.

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Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt and an aide drop in on the festivities.

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Liberal MPs Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga-Streetsville), John McCallum (Markham-Unionville) and Rodger Cuzner (Cape Breton-Canso) raise a glass.

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NDP MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy River) shares a laugh with Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is all smiles

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NDP MP Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) samples the appetizers.

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International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan smiles alongside Liberal Senator David Smith.

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The crowd packs the West Block ballroom to hear a presentation on the dire situation on the ground in Haiti.

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Poet and performer Oni The Haitian Sensation listens in with Jeancois Joseph of the Haitian embassy to Canada.

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CTV Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife, who was one of three MCs for the night, hams it up with Liberal Senator Jim Munson.

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Lobbyist Tim Powers, who helped organize the event, looks on from the sidelines.

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