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Steve and Laureen: Canada’s Coalition

Just thought I’d linger at the yawning jaws of Hades for a moment this afternoon (known quaintly as the Conservative party website), when I noticed a couple of interesting things.

One was seeing that Harper’s cringeworthy “I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends” (do you really?) piano recital is still front page news nearly a year later. “Look, he attempted charm, once!” It’s quite a testament to our significant political “fun deficit” that this should even be remembered, let alone lauded (as regards staged spontaneity, I have to confess to wishing we could get a PM with his own penchant for a Ray’s Hell Burger, but I digress).

Another feature I smiled at was the adolescent “Ignatieff Me!” mock site, which is also still front page news. Although there’s no mention anywhere of the biggest Conservative policy announcements of the past few months. No news about the jets? The census? The prisons? I guess it really is all about Ignatieff!

A third point of interest was seeing (the same photo of) Stockwell’s face gracing two separate articles. Desperate times when they not only decline to hide Stockwell Day, but double his exposure.

But my favourite part of the site was hovering over the “Leader” tab and seeing two figures listed: Stephen Harper, and then his wife Laureen.

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Wow! That's why this government doesn't have a Deputy Prime Minister – it has a First Lady instead! So what are her leadership qualities?

– interested in Africa, and has visited 13 countries
– rides a motorbike and likes gardening
– volunteers for school bake sales

That is truly all fantastic stuff (riding a motorbike to a bake sale can’t go unnoticed), but as it doesn’t say anywhere that she’s run for office, been appointed to the Senate (yet), or that she holds a ministerial portfolio, why is she included as one of our leaders?

Is this Harperian coalition government at its finest?

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