MPs in our nation's capital held their version of the Oscars on Tuesday night, at the seventh annual Parliamentarians of the Year awards.
The event, which recognizes members for parliamentary excellence, is presented annually by Maclean's Magazine — this year's event was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre with a large contingent of MPs and cabinet ministers on hand.
The top award — the aptly named 'Parliamentarian of the Year' award — went to veteran NDP MP Peter Stoffer.
"No matter how many years I’ve been here, how many MPs and senators I’ve met, I’ve yet to meet one I wouldn’t want to have as my neighbour," Stoffer told the crowd, during his acceptance speech, according to the Chronicle Herald.
"Even though we may disagree politically, we’re all here for the right reasons."
Elizabeth May, who won that award last year, didn't go home empty-handed. The Green Party leader won the Hardest Working MP award, in absentia — May is currently is Warsaw at a UN climate change conference.
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