Caption Challenge Vol. 2, No. 6 -

Caption Challenge Vol. 2, No. 6

Hey, look: It’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, left, up there in Iqaluit


NOTE: The outcome of the Maclean’s Super Bowl XLIV Over/Under Challenge will be posted here sometime this afternoon after the results are compiled and a winner declared by the accounting firm of I Can’t Believe I Have to Do This Myself.

Hey, look: It’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, left, up there in Iqaluit for the big meeting of the G7 finance ministers. Your task: Come up with an amusing caption for this photograph. Your potential reward: a gift certificate from, courtesy of speechwriting and strategic communications firm Feschuk.Reid, now in its fifth exciting year of existing. Feschuk.Reid: Good to the last drop.

The field of entries will be reduced to five finalists on Tuesday morning, at which time you’ll be able to vote for your favourite.


Caption Challenge Vol. 2, No. 6

  1. In a brief moment of escapism, Flaherty fantasizes that *he's* the PM consulting with a minister.

    • Jim Flaherty, having heard reports of Sarah Palin shooting wolves from a helicopter for sport, dashes to the side of this young canine, in an unusual display of compassion. “It's okay,” comments Flaherty, “Stephen Harper does that to cabinet ministers too.”

  2. Read the fine print. Nothing there says they would be consulting with Canadian humans, does it?

  3. "The dog is a yes-animal, very popular with people who can't afford to keep a yes-man" ~ Robertson Davies


    "To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs" ~ Aldous Huxley

  4. Good ones! I've always considered Flaherty to be a Napoleon, in the vertical sense…

    • I liked the Napoleon one as well for the exact same reason.

  5. "Okay boy! That's enough of sniffing my lucky charms."

  6. On a similar theme to Sean's and much more awkward.

    "Hmmm…. Flattened ears and bared teeth. That dog's going to attack! But it's ok, my good friend Steve emasculated me already"

  7. "Frank? Is that you lining the hood?"

  8. The stuffed dog seemed so lifelike, much like the Prime Minister's hair

  9. "Nice doggie…I hope CAITI didn't send you…."

  10. Flaherty looks a bit hesitant, maybe a quote from Pink Panther would be more appropriate.

    Inspector Clouseau: Does your dog bite?

    Inn Keeper: No.

    Inspector Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite.

    Inn Keeper: That is not my dog.

  11. Jim couldn't say for sure what made him think of Han Solo and his Tauntaun, but at that point an otherwise idillyc afternoon suddenly took a dark and sinister turn.

  12. Flaherty seen practicing for the upcoming budget. His plan includes giving every group a little treat and hoping they'll roll over and play dead.

  13. Mr. Flaherty demonstrates to his guest the correct way to approach his boss. As one can see an extended hand is needed to keep important organs away from the fanged teeth and a sideways approach is recommended to avoid any threatening body language that could result in the boss becoming combative. If executed properly, the guest shall be rewarded by getting to pet the PM on the head and keep all their appendages.

  14. "Coming up here was a great idea, my furry friend. Would you prefer to be called Pat or Bob?"

  15. Little did Flaherty know that having already turned on his owner, Kyoto's taste for parliamentarian flesh was growing by the minute…

    • Too late for a winner? I haven't gotten to the bottom yet, but this one's great!

  16. Sit Ubu, Sit.

  17. No Kyoto! Down Kyoto! Don't bite! Hey, who owns this dog anyway?

  18. "Look, Fido, the sled is like Cabinet . . ."

  19. "Hate to say this buddy, but if the polls don't go up soon, it's either you or me, and I've got thumbs."

    • "Hate to say this, mister, but you're out here til the polls go back up.."

  20. Flaherty examines what is soon to be Canada's northern defence force.. after the next budget.

  21. "OK! now what do I say to turn Stock back into a human?"

  22. Yes, don't worry, good boy. There'll be something in the budget for you too. Now wasn't it worth it to "recalibrate" and "consult" with ALL Canadians?

  23. A rarely glimpsed look into Stephen Harper's obedience training school. Nobody knows where the dog came from.

  24. Moments of Convergence: a man pets a husky dog, wearing a husky boy's sized snow suit, awaiting the day he leaves politics and is rewarded with a position on the Husky board of directors.

    • Too funny. LOL over and over again.

    • very nice

    • we could have a solid group of semi-finalists just from you today Sean. well done good sir.

      • Thanks to all!

  25. Flaherty: "Wow… I've never been this close to a sled dog before. I bet those other G7 ministers don't know what they're missing."

    Husky: "Wow… I've never been this close to an elf before. I bet Santa doesn't know that he's missing."

  26. Kyoto! What are you doing here?

  27. Can this harness also be used for reining in devastation?

  28. It is so cute how Flaherty has taken Pierre Poilievre under his wing.

  29. Jim is reassured that no matter where he goes, there's always a chapter of Neutered Anonymous meeting, and that help is just a phone call away.

  30. Hey there! I hear Peter MacKay is single again.

  31. With Parliament closed down, Jim Flaherty trolls for a one night stand, pretty much confirming the Canadian public's view of how the Conservatives are keeping busy during prorogation.

  32. Now take these documents demanded by parliament and RUN boy! Run like the wind!

    • Ha!

    • You, are on a roll!

  33. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and companion were the only two members at the G7 meeting to partake of the sealmeat menu option.

  34. Dude, I love your gas. Buy it all the time. Nice work.

  35. Hey there boy! I thought if I picked somewhere cold and frozen no one would come. It woud just be you and me and I could do whatever I wanted.

  36. No, that's not a toupe. Honest.

  37. Flaherty liked dog-sledding. It reminded him of Cabinet. He understood it. How they were all pulling in the same direction. How everybody followed the lead dog. And how opening your mouth if you were behind wasn't a good idea.

  38. I wonder how fast the sled would go if we put Baird in the harness?

  39. Finding a break in his busy schedule, Jim Flaherty finally has time to pick up Euromoney magazine's prestigious Finance Minister of the Year award.

  40. The first and last time Jim Flaherty will be seen as "a good-looking piece of meat."

  41. Kyoto, is that you? Don't bite me bro

  42. Cautiously, Jim Flaherty approaches sled dog Crystal; the initial step of a venerable ritual that will culminate in a testicular reading and a new economic forecast

  43. "For the last time, my name is NOT Kyot–oh yeah, that's the spot. Keep rubbing there, and my name is whatever you want it to be."

  44. G7 reaches out to K9.

  45. Wow, your eyes are really familiar! Predatory, piercing, make me feel like I've recently done something wrong…

    The dog's name isn't Steve by any chance?

  46. "CBC announces it will be re-launching beloved classic "The Littlest Hobo" as a husky who works with his husky human companion to beat unexpected deficits, one G8 nation at a time"

  47. Newsflash

    Prime Minister John Baird congratulates Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on achieving his fifth consecutive surplus…..

    In other News

    Over 100,000 people crowd downtown Toronto to celebrate the Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup……

  48. After four hours of discussion, Mr. Flaherty finally figured that Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.

  49. Nanuk decided against eating the leprechaun when he learned this was the magical leprechaun who had lowered the cost of his favourite dog food by 2 cents a can.

  50. Is that seal meat in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

  51. I think its funny that whoever wrote the description felt it necessary to identify Mr. Flaherty as the one on the left. :D

    "Oooo. Puppies!

    What? No I don't have 'anything better to do,' I'm on vacation."

  52. Good doggie…. nice doggie… don't you try and bite me in the ass like that HST idea did….

  53. See, doggy? I guess this is a "Disco Mitt."

  54. "You know, the Italian guy did more than scratch my ear."

  55. Jim Flaherty prepares to negotiate with EU representatives over the proposed Seal Products Ban. Testing the popular theory among Canadians that in Iqaluit, like space, no one can hear you scream, Flaherty releases the hounds.

  56. "You know, if you were a public sector union or some unnecessary social program instead of an unaccountable transfer to provinces, I would take you out back like Old Yeller and shoot you."

  57. “Hmmm, I wonder what we could get for this federally-owned asset.”

  58. Here boy, here boy…now I'm the Prime Minister and you're the Finance Minister. Sit boy, be a good minster of finance and sit boy…that's a good Finance Minster

  59. Sorry to bother you again, buddy, but Steve needs a new toupee.

  60. What's that boy?

    Little Timmy Geithner's caught in a well?

    Show me where he is, boy! Let's Go!

  61. Nice doggie! You don't need an economic stimulus package do you, Nooooo, 'cause your a nice doggie…..

  62. Well thank you, I appreciate you sniffing my ass, it's a refreshing change.

  63. Good boy, you found me! Now go find my dignity and my career. That's a good dog.

  64. In this month's edition of Boys of the North, how to mix and match your outfilts – the husky models the 'Harness Over Coat' style, while Flaherty models the 'Coat Over Harness' style.

  65. In vague ways he remembered back to the youth of the party, to the time the Cons ranged in packs through the primeval forest and killed their meat as they ran it down. . . . Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again. . . .

  66. "Hey Miniature Husky's! Cool!"

  67. Jim Flaherty's thought : "Look! Man's best friend!"
    Dog's thought : "Look! Dinner!"

  68. Look guy, I don't care how many treats you bribe me with I'm not biting you to distract the public from the entire "Onion Ring/Stephen Harper" debacle.

  69. It's not exactly Iron Will….More like "The Call of the Mild"