NATIONAL POST: The secret side of Stephen Harper: The staid prime minister’s quick wit is lauded by friends and foes alike
by Tristin Hopper | August 17, 2015 12:03 PM ET – 650 COMMENTS
One of the most surprising things to emerge during the research for the National Post’s in-depth profile of Stephen Harper is that — without fail —friend and foe alike said the staid Conservative leader has a unique penchant for comedy. And to prove it, they handed over an impressive catalogue of jokes told by our normally staid, humourless Prime Minister. What follows are self-deprecating quips, old standards, partisan jabs and some pretty cringe worthy monologues—which might explain why we don’t see much of this in public anymore.
“At Rockcliffe Park elementary school, my kid’s teachers made a point of telling me on the first day, “you know, Mr. Harper, here we don’t allow children to play with toy guns.” Well, of course not. As I said to my wife later, ‘what kind of sissy kid would carry a toy?’” — From Harper’s 2003 speech to the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner. CLICK ON THE TEXT TO READ SOME MORE VERY FUNNY STUFF
Conservatives in Oshawa, Ont., hope a “family friendly” event at a shooting range will scare up some funds for their candidate in the upcoming federal election. MP Colin Carrie is billed as the special guest at the Long Range Target Shoot Fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday. “This event is an annual favourite for many, affording supporters the opportunity to safely handle and discharge a wide assortment of firearms with the assistance of trained and seasoned firearms owners,” reads the event invitation, which was posted to Facebook with the caption “Another great family friendly event.” A BBQ lunch is included in the $65 ticket price for the fundraiser being held at the Orono Fish and Hunt Club, which says on its website it has about 300 members. It’s at least the second time the Conservative riding association in Oshawa has held such a fundraiser for Carrie. Photos on the group’s Facebook page show him “shooting targets” at an event last September. CLICK ON TEXT TO READ THE REST