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article imageCanadian Press: PM Stephen Harper is Newsmaker of the Year

By Gordon K. Chan     Dec 23, 2009 in Politics
For the second straight year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is named Newsmaker of the Year. Voted by the Canadian Press, the Prime Minister edged out Blackberry billionaire and NHL rabble-rouser, Jim Balsillie.
The Canadian Press has announced the Newsmaker of the Year and it has gone out to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Gone out is exactly what the Prime Minister has done in 2009, as New York, India and South Korea were all in his longer-than-usual list of foreign appointments.
Also, as reported on the CBC, this year, Mr. Harper has been very visible on the international stage, highlighted by his welcoming of newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama in Ottawa, and a recent visit to China in December.
The Canadian Press stated that earning this honor was his "steady statesmanship". Earning 24 percent of the vote, the Prime Minister narrowly edged out Research In Motion CEO, Jim Balsillie, who made headlines this year with his unsuccessful bid to bring an NHL franchise to Canada.
Understandably this year has been a newsworthy one, as the Prime Minister was found centre stage in the recession, climate change, Afghanistan, and literally, a piano performance at the National Arts Centre.
Other notable finalists were Tori Stafford, the young abduction and murder victim from Woodstock, Ontario and Dr. Butler-Jones, chief public health officer.
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