Press Gallery Dinner Sees Political Ottawa Tweet The Night Away

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Senator Patrick Brazeau (left) squeezes the hand of presenter Mark Critch of This Hour has 22 Minutes as Brazeau accepts the Bad Sport Award at the National Press Gallery Dinner Saturday in Gatineau, Quebec, Saturday November 3, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand) | CP

The annual Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on Saturday saw the capital's journalists and politicians tweet the night away -- minus Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper, who has skipped the party every year since landing the top job, was on his way to India during the event. Harper did stage an in-flight dinner of his own featuring samosas, three Indo-Canadian MPs and the journalists accompanying him on the trade-focused trip.

Ottawa's press corp, accustomed to Harper's absence, did what they do at almost any event they attend these days: they tweeted. They tweeted a lot.

The fake awards given to parliamentarians generated some of the funniest posts. Tory MP Rob Anders won an award for falling asleep in the Commons and and Senator Patrick Brazeau got the Bad Sport prize.

But not all the awards at the Museum of Civilization dinner in Gatineau were humorous in nature. The Globe and Mail's Daniel Leblanc received the Charles Lynch Award for Journalism, the sole serious prize of the night.

You can check out how the night unfolded on Twitter in the slideshow below.

Press Gallery Dinner On Twitter
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