Elizabeth May is the Parliamentarian of the Year

On Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 in Press Releases

Green Leader Elizabeth May won top honours at tonight’s 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year Awards, an annual event organised by Macleans’ and L’Actualité. The MPs themselves voted in eight categories to select the winners.

“I am so honoured to receive such an enormous award from my colleagues in the House. I am the first woman to receive the Parliamentary of the Year award. And certainly I hope by next year, or even next week, I will not be the only Green MP,” said Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada Leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Runner-ups for the most coveted award of the night were Bob Rae (Toronto Centre) and Rodger Cuzner (Cape Breton—Canso). The full list of winners is here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tatiana.biliski Tanya Biliski

    Congratulations Elizabeth. You’ve earned and deserve it.

  • Cheryl S

    Congratulations! I have bee following you since the election the year escapes me,but, PM Harper didn’t want to allow you to be on the televised debate. The people spoke and “he” had to back down. I was impressed with the debate betwwen you and PM Harper. I wish you continued sucess!
    Cheryl S
    Calgary AB

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ice-Bear/737150855 Ice Bear

    Congratulations, Eliabeth, what great recognition for your considerable talents!

  • Johan Hamels

    Congratulations. Well done!

  • Zach


  • http://twitter.com/GhostProf Stephen Ross

    Excellent news! Trying to send Galloway to help out here in Vic…

  • OneWhoCares57

    well deserved indeed

  • Karen Simmons

    Congrats. Way to go.

  • C Killen

    You deserve it! Well done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/romankeith Roman Marshall

    You deserve every honer that is given. You showed your strength when the budget bill came out and stayed on the floor while other MP members left to have lunch and other activities. You are a model I feel most women should be striving for. As a fellow Canadian I thank and congradulate you. (Pardon the Halloween photo my photo has not been changed.)

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  • Susan Farling

    Congratulations Elizabeth on this
    so well deserved award!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamjodiwilliams Jodi Williams

    Congratulations! And they thought they could keep you quiet …

  • John Grogan

    We are all so proud of you. Congratulations! You ROCK the House!

  • Kathleen

    Well for my part you are the only true parliamentarian Canada actually has. So thank you! I rely on your insight and wisdom and honesty to help me keep abreast of the issues facing our country.

  • Paige Wilde

    You are a real life super hero! You should have your own cape!

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    • kdthom

      a green cape of course

  • Gideon de Laune, Victoria, BC

    I can’t think of a more deserving person than you. Congratulations Elizabeth May.

  • Elaine Martin

    That’s awesome, Elizabeth! Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

  • Jo Logan

    I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honour. Congratulations! You are a bright light!

  • BlueFishImages

    Excellent Choice! :-)
    She certainly has my support.

  • Susie Washington-Smyth

    Congratulations Elizabeth. Civility does matter!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerrshanon Shanon Kerr

    Congratulations Ms. May! Well deserved. You are a real leader … hopefully the others will learn something about respect, professionalism and honesty from you! Fabulous that you’re finally being honored in this way!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisdwilson Chris Wilson

    Congratulations Elizabeth. While at times it must seem like you’re a solitary voice in the House, it must be heart warming to know you are regarded with high esteem by all your colleagues. Keep up the good work.

  • Kate

    so well deserved! Congratulations and thank you for all the work you do!

  • Andrew

    Great to see Elizabeth following in the footsteps of Stanley Knowles as Parliamentary Procedure expert of the year.

  • Cindy Lee

    You deserve it Elizabeth! Thank you for bringing credibility to the award again.

  • Fireweed

    Elizabeth, may this well-deserved acknowledgement energize you, and remind you that people are indeed paying attention…close attention! Your integrity, forward thinking dedication, and powerful grace in the face of enormous pressure and adversity are making/shaping history…herstory, on behalf of all Canadians! Thankyou…your efforts are so appreciated!!

  • alan girling

    Just commented in an email that I think you are the best MP in Ottawa, then saw this to find I’m far from being alone. Great work!

  • Mathew

    Big beautFULL unmitigated love from Ravenshire here on Pender ISland! Love you E

  • Gary Manzer

    I think Elizabeth May is doing a great job! But they also voted Stephan Harper “most knowledgeable”. Bob Rae get “Best Orator”. Why are our parliamentarians wasting time voting on this high school back slapping stuff anyway?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gordon.harris.5 Gordon Harris

    Congratulations, Elizabeth! You certainly deserved it! More M.P.s should follow your example (and to think that you are a relative newcomer to the Commons, too)!

  • Nancy Robertson

    Awesome Elizabeth. Your deserve it. Man you are working hard. You go girl!

  • megan

    Congratulations, Elizabeth! So glad to see you honoured in this way, for all that you stand for, and speak for, in parliament.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1185938602 Frederick Warner

    Congratulations, Elizabeth. A well-deserved honour! You should have won Most Knowledgeable (it went to Harper? Why?) and Hardest Working too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marthawannabe Judi Pavlovszky

    Congrats! I have been singing your praises and the Green Party to anyone that will listen.

  • Janet Smyth

    An incredible honour for you Elizabeth! Canada should be proud that we have such a brilliant soldier standing up for the preservation of both the environment and democracy.Long may your voice be heard in the halls of parliament !

  • Pam

    Well deserved Elizabeth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.minvielle Aaron Minvielle

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for the country Elizabeth! This award is well deserved.

  • Barbara Ronson McNichol

    Congratulations! Well deserved!

  • Candee Tremblay

    Bravo!!! Well-deserved for an intelligent, dedicated and visionary MP who works tirelessly, in the best interests of Canadians. The groundswell of interest and awareness about you – and your efforts on behalf of all of us – gives me renewed hope for Canada’s present and future. Thank you, Elizabeth May, and congratulations! You make me so proud to be Canadian!

  • Valerie

    Yay Elizabeth!

  • http://twitter.com/lightco2 LightCo2

    Well deserved! Bravo!BRAVO More good news: Teen girls develop generator that turns 1 liter urine to 6 hrs electricity http://io9.com/5958887/oh-this-just-some-teenage-girls-from-africa-who-invented-a-urine+powered-generator

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  • Galadriel Lawrence

    Of course you were!!!!! You’re a fabulous voice for like minded Canadians such as I.
    I feel a sense of faith and I want to continue to support you. Congratulations!!!!

  • Lisa

    so very deserving you are….Canadians appreciate all that you bring to the HofC

  • Elaine Latwaitis

    Congratulation Elizabeth, you have worked all your adult life trying to make this a better world and country ,you deserve this honour and so much more.

  • Marilyn

    Congratulations Elizabeth! The award is so well deserved. Your hard work and dedication to your constituents and parliament is unprecedented! Thank you!

  • amy@souldipper

    You have proven to Canada that “heart” CAN be foremost in our affairs and CAN be heard. Thank you for all you have done, so graciously, for all of Canada…not just for those of us in your Constituency.

  • Lorraine Huntley

    I was starting to think that honesty, compassion and doing your homework had become passe. This award to Elizabeth May proved that thought wrong. I am very grateful for your work on behalf of Canadians.

  • Liz Savage

    Bravo, Elizabeth. No one is more deserving

  • kdthom

    Marvellous, You are the only logical choice for PM. Your leadership and skills based on laws, constitution and the pure love you have for ‘our Canada’ is what keeps this current regime from complete destruction of Canada.
    I have always said, the female PM I vote for will be the only “first” Canadian PM. (as opposed to one that a previous Conservative government pawned off on us)
    Please continue to fight the Green fight.

  • Virginia Howard

    You’d bethe obvious choice for me.

  • chris Powell

    Congratulations to a most deserving woman who is working on behalf of so many. I’m so proud of you, Elizabeth! You have truly earned this award.

  • Mari Wesche

    Wonderful news – for you, your supporters and admirers, your party, Parliament, and the future of our country. I feel hopeful with this expression of what your fellow Parliamentarians admire. May many more gather the the courage to emulate your civility, humanity, respect for parliamentary institutions, humour, work ethic, knowledge based convictions, focus on issues, eloquence, and readiness to work across party lines to solve problems.

  • GreenQueen

    Bravo, Elizabeth! This shows that parliament is smarter than I thought if it recognizes the jewel in their midst. You are a wonderful example of all that an MP can be and do!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.wrightman Sandy Wrightman

    Well deserved. Thank you for speaking as the voice of Canada, the voice of clarity, of courage, of honour, of your truth, the truth. Keep speaking out. We are listening, valuing, rising. Jobs at any cost, the cost of air, water, earth, life itself, so Harper, so short-sighted, so deadly. Thank you as part of the rising voice of Canada acknowledged by the tatters of our ‘free’ press. This is a day to remember!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.macdonald.77 Carolyn Macdonald

    Congratulations Ms May for this well deserved award. Thank you for your hard work standing up for our Canada.

  • Josephine, Victoria

    Congratulations, Elizabeth May. Well-deserved recognition for all that you do and are. Thank you. You are a force of nature – may you be energized to continue making history.

  • Peter Biesterfeld, Ottawa

    four thumbs up, congrats Elizabeth!

  • AnnaR

    Congratulations!! You are such an inspiration to all Canadians!

  • mike mackinnon

    I honestly wish Canadians would abandon their past prejudices and embrace a new way. You have proven that Greens care and understand the issues that all Canadians care about and are not just a bunch of tree-hugging hippies. Proportional Representation is sorely needed here.

  • Geoff Craven

    Congratulations to one of the few representative parliamentarians that we currently have. Keep up the good work for the country.

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