It's the height of party season in Ottawa, with everyone celebrating the approaching end of this parliamentary session. All week, the Liberals' interim leader Bill Graham has been hosting parties at Stornoway, the official Opposition residence -- it's media night tonight -- and coveted invites went out in the past week for the big July 4 bash at the U.S. ambassador's house.
And what of the annual garden parties at 24 Sussex, you might ask? Well, there are marquee tents up on the grounds, so there's some evidence of prime ministerial socializing. Some former Tory parliamentarians were over there earlier this week, sources say -- partly because Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he wouldn't attend a larger, multipartisan annual gathering for ex-MPs that's always held this time of year too. Why? Because dreaded Liberals would be in the crowd. Seriously.
Knowing that Harper lumps Liberals and media together at the top of his enemies list, few reporters are waiting for an invitation to 24 Sussex this year. Even fewer say they would go if they were invited. Yes, the more things change in Ottawa these days, the more things seem like high school.