There are many Canadians who made the news in 2013, some for better reasons than others. Here are just a few notable newsmakers.
Senator Mike Duffy first made the news in 2012 when it was revealed that he and three other Senators were involved in the Senate Expense Scandal for having wrongly claimed living expenses. In 2013, Duffy continued to make the news as the scandal continued to unfold. When it was revealed last May that the money Duffy had used to repay what he owed had come from a personal cheque given to him by former Prime Minister chief of staff Nigel Wright. Since then, Duffy has been a near-constant fixture in the Canadian news media.
What hasn’t Toronto Mayor Rob Ford done in 2013? It sometimes felt as though every time we thought we finally got to the bottom of the story, some new information came to light. This all started in May when Gawker revealed they had been offered a video showing Ford smoking crack-cocaine. Since then, many allegations have been made against Ford and he has been present not only in Canadian headlines, but also in international headlines.
On April 14, 2013, Justin Trudeau was elected as the leader of the Liberal Party, having received 80.1% of the votes. Since becoming Liberal Party leader, Trudeau’s popularity has been rising with the Canadian public. There have admittedly been events, such as the Senate Scandal and the Conservatives’ reaction to it all, have helped boost the other parties’ image. Overall, however, Trudeau has been a constant presence in Canadian political news this year and has been rising in the polls.
Since becoming leader of the NDP in 2012, Thomas Mulcair has risen in the public eye. In 2013, Mulcair was int eh news when it came to his stance on Senate abolition. With the eruption of the Senate Scandal, this subject jumped to the top of the list and Mulcair has often been described as prosecutorial when speaking about the Senate in the House of Commons. Like many politicians, Mulcair has made the news more than once in 2013.
Commander Chris Hadfield became one of the most widely known Canadians in 2013. During his time as the Commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield won over people around the world with his clever use of social media and his YouTube videos from space, including his famous rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Since coming back to earth, Hadfield has been in the news, and even wrote a book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, making people everywhere want to become astronauts.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was the southern Alberta floods earlier this year. Nenshi made the news for his incredible efforts to keep the city together during the floods. Where other mayors have let us down this year, Nenshi went above and beyond, holding press briefings, visiting affected sites, all the while maintaining his online presence on social media. This all resulted in Nenshi getting his own hashtag, #Nap4Nenshi, after it was reported the Calgary mayor had gone without sleep for 40 hours. In October 2013, Nenshi was re-elected as mayor for a second term.