Stephen Harper eats seal. Or something.

Perhaps to stifle today’s fevered speculation, the Prime Minister’s Office has released the official portrait of Stephen Harper and various cabinet ministers eating what they claim to be seal meat. But, wait, Vic Toews, Peter MacKay, Lawrence Cannon and Lisa Raitt don’t appear to be joining in the feast. Scandal!

Photo Release(09.08.18) - Seal Meet




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Stephen Harper eats seal. Or something.

  1. This may sound crazy, but perhaps Vic Toews, Peter MacKay, Lawrence Cannon and Lisa Raitt ate the seal meat before or after that photo was taken.

    • I may be giving Aaron too much credit, but I think his point is the extent this looks like a weak attempt to match up to the GG. Of course, eating prepared hors d'oeuvres with delicate little wooden toothpicks does not really compare with grabbing an ulu, cutting a piece of heart from a fresh seal carcass and eat it with blood dribbling down your pretty chin.

      Cheers to MacKay though, he was one of the first to jump to Jean's rescue and my guess would be this feast was his idea.

      • I think he's just having fun at the expense of the youtube-video dissecting crowd.

        • agreed sbt, although the look on Cannon's face does scream 'are you f#cking srs?' to me…

      • Way too much credit. Whenever he gets bored he cranks up the snark.

      • Way too much credit. Whenever he gets bored, he cranks up the snark.

  2. Why the need for all those cabinet ministers to be there – oh, a cabinet meeting – are the Ottawa offices closed?

    Imagine how expensive this little photo op is – during a recession yet.

    Harper's like a kid that got hold of daddy's credit card.

    • You begrudge the North even this trifling bit of attention? Cabinet members, even during a summer break, should stay cocooned in Ottawa? No looking around the country, see what real life is like, and issues that are faced?

    • Typical southern Canadian snobbery. It's pretty sad that Canadians whine about expense whenever our political leaders visit a Canadian location north of Edmonton.

      • I completely agree with you on that CR, which is why I hesitate to even mention this, but I do seem to remember that when PM Paul Martin visited Iqaluit (and I note that my Canadian Dictionary for Firefox has the correct spelling for me, which is kinda cool) it was the TORIES (including some of those pictured above I believe) who were whining about the expense (to the point of accusingly sending Martin's travel expenses for the trip to the media).

        It's no less wrong for Canadians to whine now, it's just as idiotic a complaint now as it was then, plus, hypocrisy is overused as a supposed "sin" in politics, imho (which is why I cringe about even mentioning the past example) but I still think it's worth noting that this particular type of idiocy is at least non-partisan idiocy.

        • Good post. I don't think anything angers me more than faux outrage, which unfortunately is the one thing that crosses all party lines. I don't mind overthetopness of issues of substance, but the fake anger makes me livid.

          • "the fake anger makes me livid"

            There's a joke in there somewhere.

          • Over to you. It's too hot here for me to come up with anything original.

      • Well, that's a little paranoid. The whole thing is a campaign photo-op. I've never complained about politicians visiting the north – just the phoniness of Harper's trip – I think the people there could use the money. more than we need to see neverending photos of the leader.

  3. Lawrence Cannon is a Silver Fox in that photo!

    • Cannon totally spiked the seal with something. I know that look. I've GIVEN that look. He Franks Red Hotted the seal. Guaranteed.

    • Actually, he reminds me of those jacket models in the old Sears catagogues.

  4. Are you sure Harper didn't just pocket it like the communion wafer?

  5. What's the dip?

  6. Mi>But, wait, Vic Toews, Peter MacKay, Lawrence Cannon and Lisa Raitt don't appear to be joining in the feast. Scandal!

    They were out late last night clubbing.

    • LOL

    • ROFLMFAO *2 … Clever!

  7. It's so rare for Cabinet to visit the North, any such visit could be considered a "photo-op". It's just that your profound partisan biases are forcing your brain to rationalize whatever information presents itself to you. Stephen Harper and his ministers don't visit the north enough. There should be many more visits like this one.

  8. Looks like the CONs are remaking a rat pack film, this one called Arctic 11. Didn't anyone tell them that they only needed one Joey Bishop, tho?

  9. Why wasn't the media invited to this little culinary soiree?

  10. So Steve was able to make this photo-op but if what I have read about raw seal meat is correct somebody not used to it will be in the loo and late for a lot of photo-ops in the near future.

    • Maybe all along he's been taking his own supply of raw seal meat to summits, thus explaining why he's often in the loo when its time for pictures.

  11. Don't belive a word of it folks : after all look how they photoshopped the moon landing!!!!!!!!!

  12. Seal on cracker makes a great horse doover.

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