24/SEVEN is a Prime Minister’s Office-produced web series that takes a look at all the fun photo-ops that Stephen Harper did while wearing plaid and a cowboy hat (our reviews of which are archived here). In this column, The Radical Adventures of Stephen Harper, Kyle Muzyka reviews what the PM actually did this week, and how it differs from what the spin doctors will tell you.
A man like no other, Stephen Harper’s weekly life experiences can be described in a few words: dull and uneventful. He could probably turn the best night of your life into a quaint evening.
The man of the hour, or column, rather, wasn’t busy again this week. He caught the first home game of the Ottawa Redblacks, a team trying to develop a fanbase for the third time in the past 18 years. Here’s to hoping that the third time’s the charm!
Ottawa won their first home game, 18-17, despite not scoring a single touchdown. This display of football is often seen as boring. Coincidentally, the Prime Minister’s new favourite team is the Ottawa Redblacks.
Some of the things that didn’t make it into 24/SEVEN included the curious case of Mike Duffy and his fraudulent behaviour. In the midst of Harper’s insanely not-so-busy week, it has been thought that he may be required to testify in Duffy’s defence.
Of course, thanks to parliamentary privilege, Stephen Harper isn’t actually required to testify. Parliamentary privilege allows Harper to veto himself from court appearances because his superpowers would be needed elsewhere, like at Ottawa football games. Not that he had anything relevant to say, anyway. Good thing his spokesman did, saying that Steve did not “have any information that could be relevant.” Riveting stuff.
Side note: why is it that news sites consistently use the same four or five photos when writing an article about the Prime Minister? Could it be because he doesn’t allow many photos to be taken? Or is it because he is so dull that every picture of him looks the same?
I’ll take the latter option.
Since there isn’t much else from Canada’s leader this week, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say he probably introduced more sanctions on Russia. Let’s see if I’m right.
Here’s a wonderful quote from Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on where the Russians got the anti-aircraft missiles that they reportedly used on the MH17 flight downed earlier this week:
“Obviously you don’t buy this type of equipment from Wal-Mart.” —John Baird
Well, I would sure hope not, Mr. Baird.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Each week, layers upon layers of photos of Stephen Harper are sifted through, with hopes of finding something to caption.