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Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP


 

HARPER LOOKS LONGINGLY AT MILITARY GARB

Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

Photography by Mitchel Raphael

As Michaëlle Jean made her way to the Senate for the Throne Speech last week, Stephen Harper waited for her in the foyer of the Hall of Honour. He was soon joined by the chief of the defence staff, Gen. Walter Natynczyk, who was in full military garb. “I wish I could dress like that,” quipped the PM. When the GG arrived, she shook the PM’s hand, then Senate government leader Marjory LeBreton’s, apologizing for having cold hands. For the second year in a row, Laureen Harper was absent from the welcome committee (glamour cutbacks?). This Throne Speech was much longer than last year’s, which lasted only a couple of minutes.

Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

Photography by Mitchel Raphael

“One minute for each day of prorogation,” quipped NDP MP Paul Dewar. NDP deputy leader Thomas Mulcair noted that he has been an MP for 2½ years, “and this is my fourth Throne Speech. I am getting a little jaded.” At the post-Throne Speech reception, NDP MP Peter Stoffer helped the waiters by serving sushi.

Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

Photography by Mitchel Raphael

Conservative MP Brian Jean looked like he had not had a haircut since Parliament was prorogued. “It’s my surfer look,” said the MP for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, who actually does surf and was on holiday in Australia this past December taking in some waves. VIPs in attendance at the Throne Speech and reception included Canadian astronaut Julie Payette and Christopher White, the founder of the Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament group on Facebook. White’s MP, NDPer Linda Duncan, got him a seat. With prorogation over, the organizers have created Canadians Advocating Political Participation. But White, an anthropology student at the University of Alberta, is proroguing his activism altogether so he can get back to his thesis on “the baby graves” in Alberta, a cemetery where half of the dead are under the age of five. Notes White: “I am taking time to recalibrate my thesis.”

In case of fire, Save the Black Rod

Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

Photography by Mitchel Raphael

When the MPs are summoned to the Senate to hear the Throne Speech, it is the duty of the Usher of the Black Rod, Kevin MacLeod, to knock on the doors of the House of Commons with his ebony staff and invite the MPs down the hall. There is only one black rod, he says, although there is a backup mace for the Senate. In the event of a disaster or fire alarm on Parliament Hill, it is his job to get the rod out of the building safely. If he is not on the Hill, a security person is assigned to look after the rod.

Wedding tension

Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

Photography by Mitchel Raphael

Stephen Harper’s idea to get rid of several of the break weeks to make up for the prorogation of Parliament has created some wedding tension. NDP MP Malcolm Allen had told his family he would be free the week of his daughter’s wedding to help out. Now the House will be sitting that week and he feels horrible. Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the topsy-turvy schedule means he has not been able to nail down a date for his nuptials. (His fiancée, TV executive Jana Juginovic, does have an engagement ring.) One cabinet minister says the weeks MPs spend in the riding are crucial: “They really find out what is important to Canadians” when they get out of the Ottawa microcosm. Capital Diary has often observed that MPs start going batty when the House sits for more than three weeks in a row.

Senator Brazeau’s wife on Dragons’ Den

Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

Photography by Mitchel Raphael

During the Olympics, Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau stayed home with his kids so that his wife, Sunshine Tenasco-Brazeau, could go to Vancouver to sell baby moccasins. This is a new business venture for his wife, says the senator, who notes the key selling point is the elastic band that keeps the moccasins securely on a baby’s feet. Tenasco-Brazeau pitched her business on CBC’s Dragons’ Den this week—and got a $20,000 loan! The baby footwear can be ordered through www.quemeez.ca.


 
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Mitchel Raphael on why Peter MacKay doesn’t have a wedding date and a surfer MP

  1. I always love your photos — two thoughts.

    1: Is that Maybelline eyeliner on the prime minister, or Lancome?

    2. Pat Brazeau has a wife? Ewww.

  2. Sadly, the PM's comment wasn't a quip. He actually does wish that he could dress like that, but it might make the dictatorial tendancies a little too obvious for most Canadians.

    • Yeah, he'd be Canada's Idi Amin!

      • Nah, Pinochet more like.

  3. She probably already read the speech, boring the first time around and tedious the second. I don't blame her.

  4. Well, he could have joined up when he was younger. I guess he would have had to shave his head (or remove the piece).

  5. Harp's never played hockey either, in fact we don't even know if he can skate, but he's managed to convince many Canadians it's the love of his life.

  6. Harper has never played hockey either, in fact we don't even know if he can skate, but he's managed to convince some Canadians it's his biggest interest in life.

  7. Ahhh eyeliner and toupees are alright to discuss, but everything else is out of bounds eh?

    Censorship is alive and well in Canada, I see.

    So much for 'intense debate'.

    Con HQ slow with the memos today were they?

  8. LOL Ciao…tell Harper I said hello.

  9. The 'new business venture' for Ms Tenasco-Brazeau's isn't that 'new' at all. She received $10,000 last year "Big Idea Aboriginal Innovations Conference"

    http://www.thespec.com/article/663313

    Isn't Brett Wilson also a Panelist on the Dragons Den?

  10. I saw that episode of Dragon's Den but didn't realize that was Senator Brazeau's wife! How cool is that.

    She did a great job presenting her product. The baby was a bit fussy so she said she'd give him to her husband. So Brazeau must have been in the backroom. Heh.

    • Since this was posted, other blogs are noting that she also got money for the same enterprise from another source — now I'm curious how much she's received, what she's doing with it, if any of it is public funds, and why they can't kick in a little of the unbelievable amount he will make, as a 34 year old senator who doesn't have to retire for 40 years…and who will stand to collect a huge pension in the very near future, before he's even 40!

      I am somewhat mollifed to read your comment that she did a great job presenting and there's no reason she shouldn't have her own career, be her own entrepreneur. But given her husband's very high status and public position in Canada, is it appropriate — or is it trough time?

    • Wasn't he alleged to be an 'absentee father' when he was appointed to the Senate?

      • Yes he was, he admitted to it on CTV's Question Period in an interview with Jane Taber. He said it was beyond his control lol can you believe that? And this guy said he studied Civil Law, guess he didn't get to far in his legal studies to know his legal rights if he TRULY wanted to see his 1st child.

        On a side note, I find it funny that one his Senate bio page it says that he has a college diploma and that he studied civil law (never finished) but on another Senate page it has "B.A." next to his name. Hmmmmmmm since when was a college diploma considered a B.A.? What credentials does he has besides having a black belt in karate and a failed modelling career?

  11. "For the second year in a row, Laureen Harper was absent from the welcome committee (glamour cutbacks?)."

    Rumour is that Stephen and Laureen are no longer a functioning couple.

    • I heard that too! But nobody will go on record with it. Kinda like the whole Vic Toews thing.

      • This is a very old rumour. It's completely false.

        • completely? Don't think so. But the piano playing at the NAC was supposed to signal "All is now well" at 24 Sussex.

  12. After seeing them at the Olympics, it wouldn't be a shock.

  13. I didn't knowDragon's Den was part of the Conservative Party news to me

  14. He was soon joined by the chief of the defence staff, Gen. Walter Natynczyk, who was in full military garb. “I wish I could dress like that,” quipped the PM.

    Hey Harper, run Canada like a third rate African dictatorship and you can dress like that…. Here's hoping for that elusive majority!!

    http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/07_02/Zimba

  15. Awesome! They used my "caught in a sex scandal" photo! Also, VIP? Really??? Had I known at the time, I would have conducted myself with greater arrogance, yelled at some airport staff and whatnot.

  16. The Brazman and his wife…the new political super-couple? They could easily replace Guergis-Jaffer!

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