Stephen Harper

The Year in Photos

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You know what they say: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

You know what they say: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

Those left-wing media elites at the Toronto Sun have always had it in for Ford.

Those left-wing media elites at the Toronto Sun have always had it in for Ford.

Tim Hortons provides the ultimate pick-me-up for a normally subdued Rob Ford

Tim Hortons provides the ultimate pick-me-up for a normally subdued Rob Ford

Harper deals with the Senate scandal.

Harper deals with the Senate scandal.

Even at 79, he still looks better than Stockwell Day in a wetsuit

Even at 79, he still looks better than Stockwell Day in a wetsuit

$20 says they're telling Paul Martin jokes

$20 says they’re telling Paul Martin jokes

Mulcair's "pro-lettuce" stance is the kind of populist policy sure to excite voters

Mulcair’s “pro-lettuce” stance is the kind of populist policy sure to excite voters

While Harper's help with flood relief was appreciated, I can't help but think the owners of this flood damaged house would have preferred a $90,000 cheque from Nigel Wright.

While Harper’s help with flood relief was appreciated, I can’t help but think the owners of this flood damaged house would have preferred a $90,000 cheque from Nigel Wright.

Not only did the media attack Tom Flanagan. over his ill-advised child pornography comments...so did this animal.

Not only did the media attack Tom Flanagan. over his ill-advised child pornography comments…so did this animal.

If recent scandals take down Alison Redford, she will at least have a fruitful career as a children's entertainer.

If recent scandals take down Alison Redford, she will at least have a fruitful career as a children’s entertainer.

Naheed Nenshi - Canada's most huggable politician

Naheed Nenshi – Canada’s most huggable politician

...and...sexiest?

…and…sexiest?

We get it already. You're hip. You're cool. We're not. No need to rub it in.

We get it already. You’re hip. You’re cool. We’re not. No need to rub it in.

Liberal fundraising numbers were up this summer, but mainly because Justin Trudeau took out a part time job with Student Painters

The Liberals’ fundraising efforts were helped by Justin Trudeau taking a summer job with Student Painters

Trudeau was so confident in the wake of the Forum poll, that he started waving "Vote PC" signs on the campaign trail in Brandon-Souris.

Trudeau was so confident in the wake of the Forum poll, that he started waving “Vote PC” signs on the campaign trail in Brandon-Souris.

Also banned - Maple Leafs jerseys.

Also banned – Maple Leafs jerseys.

Quotes of the Year

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ford plenty to eat

“I am Conservative. I am a traditionalist. I wish I left Cabinet in the traditional way – with a sex scandal!”
Stephen Fletcher, after being removed from Cabinet

“When I stand back and look at the cast of candidates, even I would pick me. I have to be plain about that.”
Sandra Pupatello

“You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green fastest.”
-Justin Trudeau

“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.”
Rob Ford

“I don’t even remember. Probably in one of my drunken stupors.”
Rob Ford, on his cocaine use

“You’ve just attacked Kuwait.”
Rob Ford

“I’m happily married, I have more than enough to eat at home.”
Rob Ford on, uhh…umm….

“It was kind of like what they did to Jesus.”
Doug Ford, on council’s treatment of his brother

“Then there is this evil Liberal name that haunts us still and wants to hand out drugs to our kids. This ghost of the NDP wants to acquire heroin with taxpayer money and inject it into the veins of Canada’s children.”
Rob Anders

“Canada will never be a safe haven for zombies!”
John Baird

“So the question is, is the money just in the wrong filing cabinet, is it hidden in the minister’s gazebo, is the money in the banana stand?”
Tom Mulcair

“I think, though, this is not a time to commit sociology.”
Stephen Harper

“Realizing I may have made a major mistake in my openness and transparency: vicious attacks coming because I don’t drink coffee.”
Justin Trudeau

“I can’t believe I actually have to say this, but I’m going to say it. The river is closed. You cannot boat on the river. I have a large number of nouns that I can use to describe the people I saw in a canoe on the Bow river today. I am not allowed to use any of them. I can tell you, however, that I have been told that despite the state of local emergency, I’m not allowed to invoke the Darwin law.”
Naheed Nenshi

“Happy holidays to all you infidel atheists out there”
Brian Pallister

“There was a time not long ago that most of us in this leadership race would not have been deemed suitable. A Portuguese Canadian, an Indo-Canadian, an Italian Canadian, female, gay, Catholic. We would not have been able to stand on this stage. But this province has changed. Our party has changed. I do not believe the people of Ontario judge their leader on the basis of race, sexual orientation, colour or religion. I don’t believe it. They judge us on our merit, on our expertise, on our ideas, because that’s how everyone deserves to be judged.”
Kathleen Wynne

He sees nothing

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Stephen Harper adds "Sargent Schultz" to his list of impersonations

Stephen Harper adds “Sargent Schultz” to his list of impersonations

PM didn’t know staff asked Conservative Party to pay Duffy’s expenses: spokesperson

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had no idea his staff had asked the Conservative Party to pay Sen. Mike Duffy’s ineligible expenses, his spokesperson said Sunday.

In an interview with CTV’s Question Period, Harper’s director of communications, Jason MacDonald, also said Harper didn’t know PMO staff wanted a Senate report into Duffy’s expenses sanitized, or that the party’s chief fundraiser tried to influence the independent audit of Duffy’s claims.

The problem for Stephen Harper is that, regardless of where the truth lies, he has built his reputation as a micromanager, and it now strains credibility to suggest he did not know what was going on.

The 2015 Tory Playbook

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Step 1: Inherit igloo in good order Step 2: Break roof Step 3: Create compelling narrative about how you fixed igloo

Step 1: Inherit igloo in working order
Step 2: Break roof
Step 3: Write compelling narrative about how you fixed igloo

We got a good reminder today of why it would be foolish to write off the Conservatives in 2015:

Conservatives’ new surplus forecast: $3.7-billion for election year

Ottawa’s fall economic update shows the government is counting on a surplus of at least $3.7-billion in 2015-16, the year of the next federal election.

A mix of spending cuts, public sector wage control and the sale of government assets are behind the latest government numbers, which show a better bottom line than the $800-million 2015-16 surplus forecast in the March budget. There are also several conservative assumptions in the numbers, meaning the surplus could easily come in higher than currently planned.

You’ll remember the 2011 election featured a swarm of promises by the Conservatives that would only come into being once the budget got back in black. As ridiculous as the “4-year IOU” was at the time, it now looks more and more like Flaherty’s pre-election budget will be one of the most voter-friendly in Canada’s history. Income splitting! An adult fitness tax credit! Double your TFSA space!

Which means the spring and summer of 2015 will feature a barrage of commercials (courtesy of the Government of Canada and taxpayers everywhere) touting these new initiatives, while Conservative Cabinet Ministers fan across the country to remind us it would not have been possible without Stephen Harper’s strong and steady leadership during this turbulent period. And, oh yeah, it could all be for naught if we take a risk on that pothead.

I would argue the narrative that Harper successfully guided Canada through the recession is mostly fiction – he inherited a surplus, became the largest spending Prime Minister in Canada’s history, and recent cuts make up only a very small percentage of the expected surplus. But fiction is what sells (Harper himself will realize this once the minuscule royalty cheques from his hockey book start trickling in). And fiction or not, the story Flaherty read today will be a lot more relevant to voters in 2015 than whatever happened with a few senators all the way back in 2013.

What’s interesting is that this story is largely cribbed from the Jean Chretien’s 2000 election playbook. Yes, the Liberals were dealing with scandals, voters were tiring of them, and the “succession question” loomed over everything. But Paul Martin’s budget and economic update offered what he dubbed in his usual understated manner as “the largest tax cuts in Canadian history”. The Liberals ran on their economic record, all the while painting Stockwell Day as a lightweight who wasn’t ready for prime time. The result was a crushing majority. Sound familiar?

Every election is unique, and voters have been known to turf leaders who led them through dark periods. Just look at Churchill after World War 2. But as bad a year as he’s had, Harper is quietly laying the groundwork for what figures to be a compelling election narrative in 2015.

Moore is More

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To win the leadership, Moore will need to win over red Tories in Quebec.

To win the leadership, Moore will need to court red Tories in Quebec.

Partly due to his one-man government, and partly due to a series of spectacular flame outs among heirs apparent, there hasn’t been a lot of leadership speculation during the Harper era, beyond the occasional question about how Brad Wall’s french is coming along.

Until now:

Industry Minister Moore has Conservative Party leadership potential, say sources

[…] Last May, Mr. Moore revamped his jamesmoore.org website—separate from his jamesmoore.ca site which is geared more towards his profile as the MP for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, B.C.—which appears geared towards highlighting his work as a minister. The change caught some attention in social media, stirring speculation Mr. Moore has leadership ambitions.

With the Conservatives down in the polls and 2015 likely (but far from certain) to be Harper’s last election, expect these type of articles to pop up more and more – and not just about Moore. The media love to speculate and politicians love to be speculated about, so anyone with even the faintest hopes of succeeding Harper is going to have their name floated at some point. Yes, even Pierre Pollievre – though most of those articles will be satirical.

However’s Moore’s candidacy is more plausible than most and deserves closer scruity since, at first glance, he’s everything the Tories should want in a leader. He’s young, well spoken, experienced, and hails from not Alberta BC. Most importantly, Moore is squarely a red Tory – he doesn’t consider arts funding an abomination, and was one of only 4 Conservative MPs to vote in favour of same sex marriage in 2005. That vote was reminiscent of John Diefenbaker’s time as a backbench MP when he was often the lone progressive voice from his caucus on issues such as the family allowance. These stands gave Dief the ability to tout the “progressive” half of the PC brand when he won the party leadership, key to helping him topple of Liberal dynasty.

Of course, there is still a very large “better dead than red” contingent in the Conservative Party. Many former reformers didn’t expect Harper to be the biggest spending Prime Minister is Canada’s history, recognize Quebec as a nation, and introduce NDP-style regulations on big business. Should someone with more conservative credentials, say Jason Kenney, step forward, you can be sure they would follow. Given Kenney’s connections in multicultural communities and religious organizations, his high profile, and undisputed reform roots, he would certainly be a membership machine come leadership time.

Again, things can change. Leadership hopefuls can leave tape recorders in cars and briefing books in bedrooms. Bernard Lord looked to be the conservative saviour for a while, but now he’s just a “former future Prime Minister”. We can speculate about Kenney versus Moore, but come 2016 or 2018 or 2030, the race to succeed Stephen Harper will most likely feature a set of candidates we’re not even talking about today.

However, what Kenney and Moore represent is likely to be what the fight to succeed Harper will be all about – power or principle, right or farther right, progressive or conservative, red tory or reformer. That battle may be years away still, and we don’t know the generals yet, but the battle lines are already being drawn.

“The Lowest Price is the Law, Unless Someone Else Offers a Lower Price”

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David Johnson reads marketing gimmicks

David Johnson reads marketing slogans

It’s easy to criticize throne speeches, especially throne speeches by governments that have fallen on tough times. Truth be told, I actually think there was a lot to like in yesterday’s government reboot. The hint of a free trade deal with the EU is good news. Issues like cyberbullying and food safety need to be dealt with. And while “consumer-rights” initiatives won’t revolutionize Canada, they will be popular. Staunch conservatives might be a bit uncomfortable at the prospect of NDP-style regulations on big business, but I suspect they’ll be forgiven if it leads to lower roaming fees. As much as people say they want their governments to be bold nation builders, in the end voters usually respond to things that will make their day-to-day lives easier.

So I’m not going to casually slam what was a perfectly fine throne speech. However (and you knew there was a “however” coming), the most asinine line – even more so than the promise to find the bones of the Franklin Expedition – is Stephen Harper’s pledge to introduce a balanced budget law.

This isn’t new. Most provinces have put forward balanced budget laws with the best of intentions, only to abandon them as soon as the going got tough. I blogged about this back in 2009 when Gordon Campbell was repealing his own balanced budget law. At the time, we were told that while lesser provinces might succumb to the pressures of the deficit, man could no more repeal Ralph Klein’s Financial Responsibility Act than he could repeal the laws of gravity:

Many provinces have some form of balanced-budget law, and they all come with some form of escape clause. Only Alberta’s Balanced Budget and Debt Reduction Law, appears iron clad against deficits, said Bader.

Alberta now has one of Canada’s largest deficits and, to the best of my knowledge, no one from Ed Stelmach’s Cabinet finds themselves in the Drumheller Penitentiary.

So we know that balanced budget laws have been about as successful at producing balanced budgets and Franklin was at finding the northwest passage.

But what makes this promise especially ridiculous is the man making it. At least when Ralph Klein talked tough on deficits, he had the track record to back it up – Harper’s record is one of 6 consecutive deficits and counting. To recap, Harper inherited a $13.2 billion dollar surplus, only to squander it within two years. Even the most ultra-partisans in the land wouldn’t blame Harper for the collapse of the worldwide economy, but the parliamentary budget officer has reported that Harper’s deficit was structural – that is to say, not just a product of the downturn. Remember, this is the biggest spending government in Canada’s history – even after accounting for inflation and population growth.

Of course, we are told there will be exceptions in this law for national emergencies, economic downturns, prime numbered years, and finance ministers who wear sandals to deliver their budget speech. It’s not so much a law, as a slogan. If Harper was serious about slaying the deficit, he would increase revenue or cut spending – yet there’s virtually nothing in this throne speech to that effect, save for a promise to “review” civil servant sick days and streamline government e-mail systems.

It’s obvious enough this law is intended to build the myth of “Stephen Harper deficit slayer”, and to cast doubts on how Trudeau and Mulcair would manage the books. But by this point, Harper’s record should speak far louder than any slogan. This is Zellers telling everyone “the lowest price is the law”, rather than actually offering low prices to consumers – and you’re as likely to see a Zellers these days as you are a member of the Franklin expedition.

How I spent my summer vacation

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Summer vacation lasted a bit longer for MPs than for the rest of us. If you’re just tuning back in now as our parliamentarians head back to the House tomorrow, here’s what you may have missed.

JustinGardner

For Justin, this was very much the summer of love. He ditched the suit for a pair of cargo shorts, got his wife pregnant, went on tour, and spent a lot of time talking about pot.

Even though Liberal Party members voted to legalize marijuana at their last convention, I don’t think anyone expected much more than a decriminalization promise any time soon. After all, it was just two years ago that Michael Ignatieff urged youth to dig ditches instead of smoking “marijuana cigarettes”.

In a very good article, Paul Wells admonishes Trudeau for deviating from the economy, but I think there’s a case to be made for burning off the pot issue long before the writ drops.

By itself, I suspect legalization will have a minimal impact in the 2015 election – the stoned slacker vote is notoriously hard to mobilize, and even older Canadians recognize the need to reform marijuana laws. So don’t expect 2015 to go down in the history books as the Gonja Election.

At the same time, this policy will play a key role in helping Canadians form their opinions of Trudeau. The Liberal frame will no doubt be that Justin is “a man of the times”, not afraid to speak his mind and take bold positions. The Tories will counter that Justin isn’t serious and lacks the gravitas to the PM.

Those competing frames will have a larger impact on how Canadians vote in two years than whatever they think about marijuana.

harper gun
It should be no surprise that while the other kids were off having fun and talking about drugs, Stephen spent the summer with his head stuck in a book.

Of course, he also found time to wear a flight suit, fire a gun, and go camping in the north as part of what seemed like a perpetual attempt to change the chanel away from the senate expense scandal. Now Harper knows how the rest of us felt all those years when we lunged for the remote control every time Mike Duffy’s face appeared on TV.

With the Cabinet shuffled, all 14 new Ministers of Immigration in place, and a throne speech on the way tomorrow, Harper will very much be trying to reboot his government. But it’s likely going to take more than photo ops with pandas and cheaper cell phone bills to head off the inevitable “time for a change” sentiment. It may not be there yet, but I suspect it will be by 2015. After all, it’s been over a Century since a Prime Minister won four consecutive mandates.

mulcair mcquaig

Four of Tom‘s MPs were married this summer, so he spent a lot of time browsing the Bay gift registry and mastering the chicken dance. I’m not sure how those weddings went, but you can bet that if the projector broke down before the slide show, Mulcair would have been quick to blame Stephen Harper. And Jean Chretien.

I hope Mulcair had a good time at the weddings, because the rest of the summer was a bit of a drag. He got pulled over by the RCMP and then, without trying to be ironic, uttered the words “do you know who I am?”.

Sadly for Mulcair, polls suggest many Canadians would answer that question with a “no”.

That will change during the 2015 election. The “good” news for the NDP is they’re learning a lot about what not to do during campaigns. The bad news is they’re not only up against a rejuvenated Liberal Party, but a Conservative Party now dishing out consumer-friendly treats directly from the NDP cookbook. Mulcair isn’t going to win on his sparkling personality, so he’s going to have to find some empty turf to paint orange soon.

Stocking Stuffer

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In "A Great Game" you'll learn how hockey prospered, despite Wilfrid Laurier's stifling taxes.

In “A Great Game” you’ll learn how hockey prospered, despite Wilfrid Laurier’s stifling taxes.

For those taking bets on whether we’d see Harper’s long talked about hockey book before or after his 2011 election promises see the light of day, wonder no more. Harper’s hockey book, titled “A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & The Rise of Professional Hockey” goes on sale November 5th.

Expect the attack ads against “Hockey: A People’s History” to start any day now…

Oh my God – they shuffled Kenney! Those Bastards!

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New Title, Same Job

New Title, Same Job

The much-hyped Cabinet shuffle was about what you’d expect: retiring Ministers swept aside, talented backbenchers and Pierre Poilievre promoted, and a few big names swapping portfolios to give them a fresh start.

The opposition will argue this is very much the same government as before, and they’re right – but that’s the point. Voters elected a Stephen Harper government two years ago and they’re going to get a Stephen Harper government until the man retires or is defeated. Most Canadians didn’t know who the Minister of Justice was before the shuffle, so no one is going to change their vote because of who popped out of the cars in front of Rideau Hall this morning.

So it’s likely not worth analyzing the implications of this shuffle any longer than you’d analyze the science of Sharknado. Anything more than a few minutes, and you’re really just over thinking things.

So with those few minutes we have, here are five things that caught my eye today:

1. As mentioned, this Cabinet shuffle won’t change the government’s direction. So Leona Aglukkaq replacing Peter Kent as Minister of the Environment isn’t a sign Harper is serious about reducing emissions. It does, however, mean he wants to put a softer face on the portfolio. Moving from Health to Environment can’t be considered a promotion, but giving Aglukkaq the more controversial portfolio is likely a sign Harper appreciated her “under-the-radar” performance in Health.

2. Rona Ambrose is an interesting choice to replace Aglukkaq in Health, because Ambrose has been largely invisible since stumbling in the Environment portfolio back in 2006. This is very much a case of Harper giving Ambrose a second chance to prove herself. Ditto for Lisa Raitt, who seems to have bounced back nicely after a disastrous first year in Cabinet at Natural Resources.

3. Ambrose and Raitt were both rising stars who veered off course, but it’s still full steam ahead for James Moore. With his promotion to Industry, Moore will now justifiably be near the top of any list of would-be Harper successors. Comment vont les cours de français, James?

4. Pierre Poilievre winds up as the Minister of Democratic Reform, no doubt as part of a clever ploy to humanize Harper by showing the man has a wicked sense of humour. It’s an odd portfolio choice, but no one should be surprised by the promotion. Pollievre has been the Conservative Party’s Sean Avery – the instigator whose job it is to play dirty and get under the opposition’s skin. By rewarding Pollievre, other MPs who are asked to play a similar role now know there’s a reward waiting for whoever takes over the title of “Most Hated Backbencher”.

5. Not only did the shuffle prove Harper is funny, by tweeting the results he showed he was hip. And the tweet that dropped the most jaws was, without a doubt, Jason Kenney’s move from Immigration to Employment and Social Development. Kenney has proven to be a capable minister, so it’s hardly surprising that he was promoted, but many felt he’s been so effective at building support for the Conservatives among ethnic communities that he’d fall victim to his own success.

However, what many appear to have missed is this:
kenney tweet
The key are those “ongoing responsibilities for multiculturalism”, which suggests Kenney will continue his political outreach to immigrant communities. Chris Alexander might be taking on the portfolio, but I expect when it comes to the political side of things, he will still be very much Kenney’s assistant (conveniently located in the GTA 905).

Which brings us back to the original point of this post. There may be some new faces and new titles, but don’t expect today’s shuffle to change the government’s direction or the way it operates.

Politicians in Cowboy Hats: Come Hell or High Water

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For a brief history of Stampede fashion, you can read the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 round-ups – or last year’s “100 Years of Bad Photo-Ops

Flood waters cannot stop the Stampede and flood waters cannot stop politicians from the annual ritual of self humiliation known as the cowboy hat photo-op. Indeed, if there’s one photo op even more irresistible than the Stampede, it’s a post-disaster zone tour.



The Flood Aftermath

Stephen Harper was the first on the scene, playing dress-up in a Canadian Forces flight jacket, complete with pilot wings. Harper defended his wardrobe choice by saying he was honouring the military – I tend to think a better way to honour them would have been allowing Afghanistan troops to keep their danger pay.

Stephen Harper, Naheed Nenshi, Alison Reford

Next up would be Thomas Mulcair, sporting the official Stampede “hell or high water” t-shirt – four words that in southern Alberta usually follow “I’m never voting NDP come…”.

Mulcair stampede

Justin Trudeau put on his coveralls, got his hands dirty, and made history becoming the first aspiring Prime Minister to ever sport a backwards baseball cap:

trudeau work

While I have no doubts the Tory war room was dreaming up attack ads to use this picture in, at least Justin didn’t ruin a perfectly good pair of jeans:

harper relief 2 - wish he'd worn coveralls



Stampede Round-Up

But we were told come hell or high water the show must go on, so it was time for the politicians to pick up a cowboy hat and flip some pancakes. Alberta Premier Alison Redford proved to be a bit over eager on this front, sending her pancake into orbit, in what I can only assume was an attempt to out-flip Danielle Smith.

redford flips pancake

Although Chris Hadfield was the Stampede grand marshal this year, it appears that Justin Trudeau once again managed to overshadow an astronaut. Because everywhere you looked this weekend, there was Justin. At one point yesterday the Calgary Herald had three separate Trudeau stories on their website – this likely isn’t the first time that’s ever happened, but I suspect it’s the first time none of the stories involved effigies.

trudeau stampede headlines

Mercifully, Justin decided to forego cargo shorts in favour of jeans and belt buckle. It remains to be seen if he’s a big thinker, but the “XL” tag on his hat at least shows he’s got a big head.

trudeau stampede

And here’s Justin – again – with Calgary’s mayor and international Twitter superstar Naheed Nenshi. I’m not sure I agree with the FastForward survey which named Nenshi the “sexiest Calgarian“, but he’s certainly the most huggable.

trudeau nenshi hug



Also Pictured

Devinder Shory, Joe Oliver, Michelle Rempel, and Danielle Smith. (Thanks to MC for the photo)

Devinder Shory, Joe Oliver, Michelle Rempel, and Danielle Smith. (Thanks to MC for the tip on this one)

If recent scandals take down Alison Redford, she will at least have a fruitful career as a children's entertainer.

If recent scandals take down Alison Redford, she will at least have a fruitful career as a children’s entertainer.

Kidding aside, Redford actually gets my vote for "Best Dressed" this year. Not only did she cycle through a series of outfits, she is the first politician I've seen pull off a "Stampede skirt".

Kidding aside, Redford actually gets my vote for “Best Dressed” this year. Not only did she cycle through a series of outfits, she is the first politician I’ve seen pull off a “Stampede skirt”.

There were no disasters this year, but Jean Charest take home the "Worst Dressed" honours - it's a nice hat, but he looks completely out of place in the suit jacket.

There were no disasters this year, but Jean Charest take home the “Worst Dressed” honours – it’s a nice hat, but he looks completely out of place in the suit jacket.

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