Near the end of 2016 I had the pleasure of photographing the Maclean's Parliamentarians of the Year. These awards are determined by a secret-ballot survey of their peers in the House of Commons. Below are some of the images from a crazy and amazing day on the hill, with BTS at the end!
Parliamentarian of the Year: Tom Mulcair
I was fortunate enough to spend a half hour walking around with Mr. Mulcair, chatting and shooting away. He was especially delighted to hear I knew Jamie Kronick, "Jamie! He's one of the nicest guys!" It was a beautiful day, we were really lucky. Lots of tourists out and about, and when anyone recognized him he was happy to spend a few moments saying hi and welcoming them to the hill. Here's a few of the images we got.
Hardest Working: Rona Ambrose
We were able to get in her office early and set up. I commented on how beautiful it is, and her assistant explained that one might assume that the PM's would be even more grand, but in fact it's not! Apparently when Diefenbaker became Prime Minister, he didn't want to move his stuff down from the Official Opposition office, so ever since the rooms have effectively switched roles! I thought that was a hilarious story. In any event, I was humbled to be in that room, and the session with Mrs. Ambrose was quite fun! Here's a couple of options we shot.
All of the other MPs we photographed were lovely and a pleasure to work with. Here they are below with the name of the award they received:
Most Knowledgable: Kevin Lamoureux
Best Orator: Nathan Cullen
Rising Star: Gérard Deltell
Best With Constituents: Larry Bagnell
Most Collegial: Marilyn Gladu
BTS Images by: Rob Lloyd