Olympic torch at Parliament

Canada’s elite amateur athlete community came looking for a sweetheart deal on Parliament Hill.

Former Canadian Olympic figure skater Barbara Ann Scott carries the Olympic torch into the House of Commons during a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Canada’s elite amateur athlete community came looking for a sweetheart deal on Parliament Hill.

And who better to light a fire under tight-fisted parliamentarians than “Canada’s Sweetheart,” 1948 Olympic gold-medal-winning figure skater Barbara Ann Scott?

The 89-pound octogenarian carried the blazing Olympic torch into the House of Commons in a special ceremony Thursday afternoon that temporarily united warring political partisans while simultaneously bumping the torch relay off its scheduled route in Montreal.

“I can’t tell you what a thrill this has been,” Scott twinkled after receiving a hero’s welcome from MPs and senators.

“Imagine, an 81-year-old gal being invited to carry the torch into the Parliament Buildings . . . Thank you, thank you.”

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