Thursday, February 23, 2006

Stephen Harper: The Entertainer

Had a chuckle when I read this media advisory from the Stephen Harper PMO. He's going to "entertain" the Premiers and Territorial leaders at 24 Sussex Drive. I hope his show is good, because that's one tough crowd. Even Sheila Martin's brownies couldn't win them over.

It should be interesting, beause when I think of Stephen entertainment isn't the first word that comes to mind. I do like Stephen's impressions however. His John McCallum is dead on, but you've got to aim higher that John frickin McCalum man!

I hope he doesn't show slides from his family's vacation last summer to Drumheller, Alberta, the "Dinosaur Capital of Canada" because family vacation slides just aren't entertaining, I don't care what you say. I think there's a piano at 24 Sussex, does Harper play? Maybe they'll have a sing-along. That could be fun, maybe Gordon Campbell could bring his guitar and play Taxman Glen, or Danny Williams could lead the gang in a drunken round of Barrett's Privateers.

Prime Minister Harper to entertain Premiers and Territorial Leaders

February 23, 2006
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will host an informal dinner for the Premiers and Territorial Leaders at 24 Sussex Drive, Friday, February 24 at 5:00 pm (EST). The Premiers and Territorial Leaders are also in Ottawa for activities related to the Council of the Federation. There will be a photo opportunity only of arrivals at the front steps of 24 Sussex Drive.

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Jarrett said...

Don't diss Barrett's Privateers. The entire song's like an allegory for the Joe Clark story.

Jeff said...

Hey now, I love Barrett's. To much of my university career was spend in some of Ottawa's finer celtic pubs.

And the lyrics are ripe for a political parody one of these days when I have time on my hands...

Anonymous said...

The Fathers of Canada’s Deconfederation ...

Do yourself a favour: dig out the Robert Harris painting of the 37 Fathers of Confederation. Now place before you photos of Stephen Harper and each Premier.

These are the new Founding Fathers of Canadian Deconfederation. Some artist should start work on a painting similar to that of Harris, to record for posterity the faces of these new Fathers.

Why? Because these men are now busily and stealthily engaged in the constructive deconfederation of Canada, under the guise of Harper’s “New Federalism” and “fiscal imbalance.”

They are avoiding open discussion in Parliament and their respective Provincial legislatures, because they know that there would be an outcry from citizens should it become apparent – through such debate – that these men are trying to do in private rooms, that which could not survive in the light of day. They are agreeing – without mandates from their respective voters – to change the nature of our confederation in such a way as to significantly weaken the bonds that bind this country together.

You don’t believe me? Then google fiscal imbalance harper. Read the commentaries you will find referred to there. Read Sinclair Stevens. Read Andrew Coyne.

Listen to the modern Canadian Paul Revere’s, riding furiously to warn citizens, crying One if by open debate, two if by stealth.

And then do your part as a citizen of Canada: Light two lamps, to signal to the body politic that their Confederation is being stolen from them by stealth.