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Barrie Advance Praised For Defying PMO On Trudeau Speech Story

06/18/2013 10:13 EDT | Updated 06/19/2013 12:12 EDT
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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 6: Justin Trudeau addresses the crowd at the federal Liberal showcase at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The Barrie Advance and reporter Laurie Watt were the toast of the Canadian political twittersphere on Monday night.

The paper received information from the Prime Minister's Office about speaking fees Trudeau charged Georgian College back in 2007. The PMO said the information came with the caveat that the paper print that it came from an anonymous source.

The paper didn't play along and asked the PMO for comment. From their story:

When asked in a telephone interview why Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office was sending out unsolicited documentation, Meekes said the PMO routinely reaches out to the media.

This is the first time, however, such financial information was released to The Advance from the PMO.

Normally, such work is the purview of partisan researchers.

Journalists and political watchers on Twitter heaped praise on the paper.

"Newspaper of the year," National Post columnist Andrew Coyne said. "

More of the best reactions from Twitter can be found below.

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Barrie Advance vs. PMO

The PMO also reached out to the Barrie Examiner, another paper in the same area of Ontario, and they also published details of the Trudeau speaking engagement in an editorial critical of the PMO.