TORONTO - Stephen Harper's Conservative government has won this year's Code of Silence Award from the Canadian Association of Journalists.
The annual award recognizing Canada's most secretive government or publicly funded agency was handed out in Toronto Saturday evening.
The federal government was named for keeping information out of public hands on files such as the F-35 program, avoiding questions at media events and for restricting both public and media access to contentious information.
Association president Hugo Rodrigues said the Harper government was the overwhelming choice of the CAJ's 600 members across the country.
"The death grip on information has long frustrated journalists in this country, but it may now be reaching a point where the public at large is not only empathetic, but shares it," he said.
The CAJ said federal government departments now deal with media almost exclusively by emails that often contain little, if any, of the information requested.
It seems the hat is balances carefully on the top of the head, rather than being worn. Stephen Harper, far left, watches a third round match between Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic with his children Rachel, center, and Benjamin, right, at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in New York.
Who can forget this Calgary Stampede ensemble? (CP)
Harper, centre, chose to wear what amounts to a fishing vest on a trip to Mexico in 2006 (where he visited with U.S. President George Bush (left) and Mexican President Vincente Fox (right)). See how Bush and Fox are decked out in desert duds? Light linen shirts, khakis? Ya, that's what you wear in the desert. (CP)
Harper wears a headdress after being made an honourary chief of the Blood tribe during a ceremony in Stand Off, Alberta in 2011.
Harper was a teenager once too.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/17/stephen-harper-beach_n_1431449.html" target="_hplink">Harper took an awkward walk</a> along the beach in Colombia on a recent trip. (Getty)
"I would choose to be a fruit, just what I am, sweet and colourful."