WATCH: Mutsumi Takahashi honoured in National Assembly
A staple face on Montreal television screens has been honoured in the National Assembly.
"For more than 30 years Montrealers have relied on Mutsumi Takahashi to interpret the day's news for them," MNA for Jacques Cartier Geoffrey Kelley said Friday during morning session at the National Assembly.
Takahashi was recognized by Kelley following her receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in May, for her decades of public service in news broadcasting.
“There’s a Japanese word called ganbaru and there isn’t an equivalent in English, but it’s a combination of defiance and pride and determination when you’re working for something that you know is right, and I think we all do that,” Takahashi said in an acceptance speech for her award in May.
This is not the first time Takahashi—or Mits, as her friends call her—has received praise from the political class.
“Mits, you are an icon of Montreal and one of the faces of our city. Your dedication to Montreal has always been obvious. Congratulations on your achievements both on camera and off,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Finally Toronto recognizes your lifetime achievement – they should have called me. Everybody knows here in Montreal since day one that you’re an amazing role model,” said Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre. “I think it’s well deserved. We’re very, very happy for you.”
Kelley, also Minister for Indigenous Affairs, echoed their sentiments during his speech before the National Assembly.
"Thank you, Mits, for your great contributions to journalism in Montreal, and in Quebec," he said. "You're a role model for us all, especially for women in your profession."