It's time for you to help us select our Newsmaker of the Year. We've shortlisted four Canadians who made more than their fair share of headlines in 2013.

Does good news prevail? Is it Chris Hadfield, the high-flying astronaut who sparked curiosity across the country and around the world? What about Naheed Nenshi, the mayor that some people were comparing to a superhero during Calgary's summer flooding?

Or does scandal pay the bills? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been generating sordid headlines that wouldn't be out of place in a season of the Wire. Don't forget the trio of senators that have made Canadians notice the senate and caused their fair share of headaches for the Prime Minister.

Have your say on social media or our poll at the bottom of this story. We'll be tabulating your votes in the poll, we'll also be tracking your votes on Facebook and Twitter. You can also try to sway your fellow readers in the comments.

A brief case for all four

Rob Ford

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A crack cocaine confession, possible police surveillance and a seeming ability to survive political and personal body blows that would destroy the career of almost any politician, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have given media, comedians and even ordinary citizens plenty to talk and write about this year. Yes, he's the mayor of Canada's largest city but when was the last time a Canadian mayor become the punchline for a Saturday Night Live segment and the subject of a David Letterman Top 10 list?

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Chris Hadfield

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Space exploration and science needs its ambassadors. In the 1960s it was names like Armstrong and Aldrin. Today it's people like Chris Hadfield. During his time aboard the International Space Station, Hadfield revealed not just the day-to-day life of an astronaut but pointed his camera towards the planet below and showed us what our cities, towns and homes look like from all the way up there. Hadfield wrote that he was inspired by the Apollo missions. We bet that his work has inspired a generation of new scientists and explorers.

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Naheed Nenshi

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For many cynicism is the default mode in politics. But once in a while a political figure emerges that changes those attitudes. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi might be one of those politicians. This summer, while Calgary faced one of the worst disasters in that city's history, mayor Nenshi was an inspiring figure. Rallying workers to help save their city, keeping media and citizens informed and generally being a model for what a leader should be in a time of crisis. Canada needs more politicians like him.

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The Canadian Senate

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Canadian senators aren't supposed to be household names but this year three of them, Senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin, became far too well-known for their own good. The three Conservative appointees were in trouble for most of the year due to expense claims of one sort or another. The senators claim innocence, citing confusing rules, misunderstandings and more. To the Canadian public it made the Senate the epicentre of one the year's biggest political scandals. For the Conservatives and Stephen Harper, the misbehaving senators has also been a year-long headache that they can't seem to shake.

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  • Most Read Stories Of 2013

    A look at the most read stories on HuffPost Canada in 2013.

  • 1. Hollie McNish, Poet Shamed By Breastfeeding In Public, Has The Last Word

    "I hate that breasts have become so sexualized that they have lost their original purpose in the public mind. It is acceptable to wear bikinis that cover less, but taboo to feed your child. Overall opinion is that you are less of a mother if you bottle feed, but they won't let you do it in public. Is this just another way to shame us back into roles that were relevant 50 years ago?" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/05/hollie-mcnish-breastfeeding_n_3552062.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

  • 2. Chris Farley 'Plays' Rob Ford In Fake Movie Trailer

    Let's face it. The late comedian Chris Farley was the perfect person to play Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. This movie trailer, which features clips from many of Farley's movies, is probably the closest thing we'll ever get to an actual Rob Ford movie. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/21/chris-farley-rob-ford-movie_n_4319144.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a>

  • 3. Rob Ford Rant Leaves Daily Show's Stewart Howling WHAT?!?

    Jon Stewart devoted more than six minutes to the Toronto mayor Thursday night, ending with utter disbelief at Ford's oral-sex-related rant. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/15/daily-show-rob-ford-video_n_4280983.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • 4. David Suzuki's Fukushima Warning Is Dire And Scary

    "Three out of the four plants were destroyed in the earthquake and in the tsunami. The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there's another earthquake of a seven or above that, that building will go and then all hell breaks loose." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/04/david-suzuki-fukushima-warning_n_4213061.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (AP Photo/Tomohiro Ohsumi, File)

  • 5. Danny Brown Receives Oral Sex From Fan On Stage, Keeps Rapping

    Fans attending rapper Danny Brown's concert Friday night in Minneapolis got a bit more than they probably bargained for when a female fan appeared to give the musician oral sex while he was on stage. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/30/danny-brown-oral-sex_n_3185192.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns via Getty Images)

  • 6. Brett Wilson White Poppy: Former Dragon Defends The Red Poppy

    As discussion in Canada swirled around the virtues of the white poppy this Remembrance Day, Calgary millionaire and former dragon in CBC's Dragon's Den, W. Brett Wilson took to Twitter to defend the red poppy and its significance. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/08/brett-wilson-white-poppy_n_4243009.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a>

  • 7. Nohmul Pyramid Bulldozed In Belize For Rocks

    "It's a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity ... they were using this for road fill. It's like being punched in the stomach, it's just so horrendous.'' <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/13/mayan-pyramid-belize_n_3268255.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (AP Photo/Jaime Awe)

  • 8. Chip Wilson, Lululemon Founder: ‘Some Women's Bodies' Not Right For Our Pants

    “The thing is that women will wear seatbelts that don’t work [with the pants], or they’ll wear a purse that doesn’t work, or quite frankly some women’s bodies just actually don’t work for it.” <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/06/lululemon-chip-wilson-womens-bodies_n_4228113.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

  • 9. Woman Pointing Gun At Child's Head Photo Sparks Outrage, International Search

    "I was sent this picture today by a friend who was very distressed to see it on her page. It apparently was posted to see if anybody could find the girl and if they cared well we do care and we have to find this baby as this scares the hell out of me." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/11/woman-pointing-gun-child-photo_n_3906514.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a>

  • 10. Tim Hortons Lids Letter Voices A Nation's Pain

    An early morning, a rush to get to the car, a long wait in a drive-thru line for precious caffeine, and then it happens. Disaster strikes. A lid fails, the coffee will not hold. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/14/tim-hortons-lids-letter-photo_n_3757416.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL POST</a>

  • 11. Reasons The Rest Of Canada Should Be Super Jealous Of Alberta

    Alberta voted in new municipal governments Monday and the two big winners were young, forward-thinking mayors. Naheed Nenshi and Don Iveson are just a couple of the reasons why the rest of Canada should be super jealous of Alberta. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/22/calgary-election-edmonton-alberta-2013_n_4142715.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a>

  • 12. 'How To Be A Vancouverite' Shows Why People Make Fun Of B.C.

    The rest of Canada has long been convinced B.C. is filled with outdoor-enthusiast health nuts who do nothing but complain about rain and real estate. Now there is proof. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/18/how-to-be-a-vancouverite-video_n_3949737.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (Photo By David Hecker/Getty Images)

  • 13. Paul Hellyer, Ex-Defence Minister, Believes In Aliens

    Canada's former minister of National Defence Paul Hellyer testified at the Citizen Hearing On Disclosure (CHD) last month in Washington D.C. that aliens are living among us and that it is likely at least two of them are working with the U.S. government. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/05/paul-hellyer-aliens-ufos-video_n_3390295.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a>

  • 14. Canadian Kids Smoke Most Marijuana In Western World: UNICEF

    A new survey from UNICEF has found that more Canadian kids smoke marijuana than anywhere else in the western world. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/11/canada-kids-marijuana-unicef_n_3062739.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a> (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • 15. Turks And Caicos Next Canadian Province? Tory MP Pushes Plan

    It may seem far-fetched, but Conservative MP Peter Goldring believes Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 small islands stretching some 600 square kilometres, could one day become this nation’s 11th province. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/02/turks-and-caicos-canadian-province-goldring_n_3536143.html" target="_blank">READ THE FULL STORY</a>