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Harper showing non-robotic signs


Stevo gets up on stage with Yo Yo Ma at the NAC… how pinko-lefty is THAT?

Well, I have to grudgingly give credit where due. After all of the arts-bashing that this government has been merrily doing, some keener at the PMO came up with the good idea to try and portray The Boss (not the one that performs with Clarence et al) as slightly less aggressive.

I would have loved to have been a bird on the wall in THAT meeting.

Keener: Well, sir, we feel that it would be a smart idea to try and come across as pro-arts… might get us a few centre-left swing votes in the 24-35 female demo.


Keener: S-s-sorry sir.

Steve: Better. Now what have you come up with. SPEAK!

Keener: Uh, well, the famous cellist, Yo Yo Ma is coming to town in early October. Maybe you could get on stage on do a song with him. Something light, like “Sunshine and Lollipops”???

Steve: WHAT!!!! That’s a GIRL song!

Keener: Sorry again… s-s-s-sir. How about “I get by with a little help from my friends”? An old Beatles tune???

Steve: I HAVE NO FRIENDS! ONLY POLITICAL ALLIES!!! But wait, that song does compute to a 4.6% increase in the 55-65 white female dog-owners demographic. Hmmm. Yes, I will do it. Now prepare my bath!

Now. Iggy. How the hell are you gonna follow up?


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  1. XUP says:

    The blogger, Facebook, Tweeter world is abuzz today. I posted the video. He was quite good and likeable. It’s freaky. It has to be some ingenious PR ploy. Last year he refused to attend the event and wouldn’t let his wife go either because he was opposed to the whole arts gala scene. This year, he IS the arts gala scene. It’s nice that he’s so flexible. Anyway, it beats the blue sweatervest gambit all to hell.

  2. AnnieS says:

    I live in an isolated community with few entertainment opportunities, so if Mr. Harper is so interested in people’s exposure to the arts perhaps he could help the CBC with funding so I could listen to concerts from the Roy Thompson Hall on Sunday evenings like I used to.

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