Calgary debater named Canada's Next Great PM

A Calgary political science student is the winner of CBC's Canada's Next Great Prime Minister contest.

A Calgary political science student is the winner of CBC's Canada's Next Great Prime Minister contest.

Amy Marlene Robichaud, an experienced debater who studies at the University of Ottawa, earned $50,000 for her triumph in the reality TV show.

Robichaud, 21, captured 50 per cent of the studio audience's vote in a competition that saw her and three rivals field pointed questions from four former Canadian prime ministers.

Broadcast Wednesday night, the contest's finale featured ex-PMs Joe Clark, Kim Campbell, Paul Martin and Brian Mulroney interrogating the four candidates on current affairs. The broadcast was hosted by Alex Trebek, host of the game show Jeopardy.

Robichaud, who began competitive debating at age 12, said her parents fostered her interest in politics.

"My parents … taught me to have strong political convictions," she said. "For us, breakfast without politics is like breakfast without coffee."

She said she and her fiancé, who are to be married in August, would use the prize money toward purchasing a home.

Robert Marsh, a 23-year-old from Dartmouth, N.S., finished second, with 37 per cent of the studio audience's vote. David Suk of Toronto took seven per cent to wind up third, and Gabriel Lopez of Montreal earned six per cent.