Ottawa, ON – Bob Rae, the Liberal Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, and the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has been named Canada’s Parliamentarian of the Year by his House of Commons peers in the fifth annual survey of Canada’s 307 sitting Members of Parliament (MPs). The study was conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Maclean’s in partnership with The Historica-Dominion Institute and L’Actualité, and is designed to honour the public service of Canada’s parliamentarians.
Based on the scoring system outlined below Rae received 72.4 points to win Parliamentarian of the Year. The two runners-up for this award are John Baird (Conservative) at 68.6 points and Joe Comartin (NDP) at 43.3 points.
The objective of the survey was to allow all MPs the opportunity to recognize and honour their peers across party lines for their performance in the House of Commons and in fulfilling their duties as Members of Parliament.
In addition to the parliamentarian of the year award, awards were given to members winning in each of six categories: hardest working; best orator; best at representing their constituents; most collegial; most knowledgeable about the issues of the day; and rookie of the year.
The winners and runners up within each category, as well as the points received within and outside their parties, are identified in the table below.
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There are 307 MPs currently sitting in the House of Commons and 164 MPs participated in the survey as indicated in the following table:
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Each MP was asked to name the first and second choice MPs within their own party and the first and second choice members outside of their party in seven categories, including: hardest working; best orator; best at representing constituents; most collegial; most knowledgeable about the issues of the day; rookie of the year; and best overall. Please note that the determination of the best Member of Parliament was not based on responses to the “best overall” category alone, but was based on an aggregate scoring system (see below) that tallied the points members received across all categories.
To ensure that parties with more elected MPs or those parties with higher participation in the study would not dominate the selection process a scoring system was used. Members within each party were ranked on the basis of the votes they received both within and outside of their party. Within each category 30 points were allocated among the three members within each party receiving the greatest total number of votes with 15 points allocated for votes received within their party, and 15 points allocated for votes received outside of their party. Points were awarded in proportion to the number of votes received. The winner within each category is awarded on the basis of the highest number of points. The winner of Parliamentarian of the Year was awarded on the basis of the highest number of total points across all categories. No member could win in more than one category; in cases where a member earned the highest number of points in more than a single category, the award was given in the category where the member earned the greatest number of points. In addition, a member had to receive at least 10 votes in total to be eligible to receive points.
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