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VIDEO: Rick Mercer Flattered and 'A Little Bit Embarrassed' By Public Service Award

Earlier this week, you learned Rick Mercer received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, a distinction he now shares with everyone from Brian Mulroney to Betty Ford. His CBC colleagues including Jian Ghomeshi watched him accept the honour October 16 at Toronto's Carlu. (As did his mom, whom he brought as a special guest to the cocktail event.) CBC Live's cameras were watching it all.

Get highlights from Mercer's acceptatnce speech below, and find out how he reacted to receiving the honour, which recognizes individuals who strive to improve people's lives both at home and abroad.

The Rick Mercer Report airs Tuesdays on CBC at 8 p.m (8:30 NT).

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