You can learn a lot about a person in one minute. Remember when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took our 60-Second Challenge? His impromptu poetry recital and sly allusion to a certain alter ego—Smokey Sussex—made headlines around the world. We asked Trudeau’s parliamentary colleagues from every party to take the same challenge. NDP MP Daniel Blaikie played along. What can he not do without? “I like to carry a knife in my pocket most of the time,” he says. “It comes in handy for all sorts of things.”
Maclean’s and l’actualité will celebrate a new class of MPs at Welcome to the Hill, a gala event at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier on Feb. 23. The evening will culminate in a ceremony that honours an outstanding former parliamentarian with a lifetime achievement award.