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Canadian Politics Was More Than Just Yelling In 2016

12/15/2016 06:14 EST | Updated 12/22/2016 12:17 EST

Everyone knows there’s a lot of yelling in the House of Commons. Plenty of insults and obfuscation to go around, too.

But there are also moments of humour, camaraderie, and grace that perhaps aren’t seen enough amid the cut and thrust.

In 2016, members of Parliament rose from their seats to fight for the things believe in and, in their own way, for a better Canada. Some even inspired us with their words and their example.

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International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland embraces former minister of international trade Ed Fast during question period in the House of Commons on Oct. 31, 2016. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The deaths of two MPs this year — Alberta’s Jim Hillyer and Ontario’s Mauril Belanger — reminded Canadians that despite all the noise and bluster, the 338 MPs who serve Canada are connected regardless of affiliation.

There will soon be time to highlight more of the jabs, more of rough-and-tumble. But for now, let’s look back at some of the moments that we’ll remember from the last year in politics.

Watch the video above.

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