Liberal Leader Stephane Dion' started the campaign with a puffin controversy.
Now he's got one to hang on his wall.
On Saturday, reporters travelling with the Liberal leader presented Dion with a painting of a puffin in honour of his 53rd birthday on Sunday.
The Conservatives landed in hot water for a web posting in the campaign's first week that showed a puffin defecating on Dion. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was forced to apologize for the "belittling" web site.
The print was painted by Paule St. Laurent, grand-daughter of of former prime minister and picked up earlier in the week at a Quebec City art store.
Dion thanked the media corps for the gift.
"We think it's very important that the press is respected. We'll make sure the RCMP stay in their seats," he said.
That's a jibe at the Conservatives who twice this campaign have asked Mounties to move back reporters covering the Prime Minister.