Elizabeth May Voted House of Commons Best Orator

“I was honoured to be included among the 2014 winners with so many friends and colleagues,”

(OTTAWA) - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, was named the Best Orator in the House of Commons at last night’s Parliamentarian of the Year Awards hosted by Macleans and L’Actualité.

“I was honoured to be included among the 2014 winners with so many friends and colleagues,” said Ms. May in a statement from Cape Breton. “I simply attempt to contribute to the debate in a constructive and respectful manner when I speak to a bill on behalf of my constituents in Saanich-Gulf Islands.”

In a poll conducted by Ipsos-Reid, Members of Parliament are nominated and voted on by their colleagues for 6 different awards, including “Rising Star” and “Most Knowledgeable”.  The MP who receives the highest number of total points across all categories is named Parliamentarian of the Year, a distinction Ms. May won in 2012. Last year, Ms. May won “Hardest Working MP”. 

Parliamentarians also vote to award a Lifetime Achievement Award to a former parliamentarian. This year, the Honourable Flora MacDonald was the recipient of the award for her tireless work with international aid groups in developing countries. Previous recipients of this prestigious award include former Speaker Peter Milliken and former MP for Calgary - Southwest Preston Manning.

"I have always been inspired by this year's Lifetime Achievement winner, the Honourable Flora MacDonald,” added Ms. May. “She continues to be my role model in Parliament."



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