MPs, diplomats flock to hear from Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai

The Pakistani High Commission hosted a reception for the 19-year-old girls’ education activist after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave her honorary Canadian citizenship on April 12 in Ottawa.

Ms. Yousafzai and Mr. Trudeau enter Parliament’s Centre Block before her address to a joint session of Parliament on April 12. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A line of young women smile and take photos of Ms. Yousafzai and Mr. Trudeau as they pass before her afternoon speech to Parliament. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Trudeau readies a parliamentary guest book for Ms. Yousafzai to sign flanked by, from left, Marc Bosc, acting clerk of the House of Commons, House Speaker Geoff Regan, and Ms. Yousafzai’s parents Ziauddin and Tor Pekai Yousafzai. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ms. Yousafzai is greeted by Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan as she enters the evening reception he hosted for her at the Chateau Laurier. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ms. Yousafzai walks to the reception alongside the high commissioner and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ms. Yousafzai didn’t appear to be speaking from a prepared speech as she addressed the packed reception room. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The crowd at the reception included dozens of foreign heads of mission and other diplomats as well as MPs and cabinet ministers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her daughter listen to Ms. Yousafzai at the reception. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ms. Yousafzai and Mahmoud Eboo, resident representative of the Aga Khan in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Sarbjeet Sohi and her husband, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, pose with Ms. Yousafzai. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The Pakistani high commissioner laughs alongside Chief of Protocol of Canada Roy Norton. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia