One of the more sentimental moments of the night was Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hébert's acceptance of the Charles Lynch award, saying couldn’t have done it without help from other gallery members.
Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef and Global Affairs Canada's Stewart Wheeler enjoy the night, which was filled with good food, dancing, and lots of SNC-Lavalin jokes. Photograph courtesy of Stewart Wheeler's Twitter account
The hosts were hilarious, the food was delicious, and though the DJ seemed sub-par, but once again the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner was a smashing success.
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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
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