If you were looking to add another layer of intrigue to Diane Ablonczy’s current situation, consider just how far back she and the Prime Minister go, as explained in Anne Kingston’s 2007 profile of Laureen Harper.

Teskey soon found herself drawn to the fresh energy and excitement of Reform, the grassroots conservative party born out of disillusionment with Mulroney conservatism. She designed communication materials for the party, including a poster for Reform MP Deborah Grey who had taken Stephen Harper to Ottawa as her assistant. Yet Teskey’s and Harper’s paths didn’t cross until a Reform party assembly in Saskatoon in 1990. The couple was more forcefully introduced by Cynthia Williams, Harper’s former fiancée, who met Teskey when the two worked at GTO. Thinking they would hit it off, Williams asked Laureen to join her and Harper for lunch. “I like Laureen a lot,” she says. Calgary Conservative MP Diane Ablonczy also recalls nudging the two together. “Stephen was sick with bronchitis from being in a basement suite,” she says. “I said to Laureen, ‘Stephen needs to get out more, why don’t you ask him out?’ She’s just so peppy, she’s a tonic for anybody. So she said ‘Do you think he would go?’ ” Not long after, Teskey was helping Harper with graphics for his M.A. thesis. The couple bonded over a shared zeal for smaller government and a love of cats.



  1. Hmmmm. And just where is Laureen Tesky these days????

  2. After years of maintaining her "maiden" name and seeming independent, Laureen Teskey became Laureen Harper the moment her husband became prime minister.

    Lately, rumours, including a few on this blog, indicate the Harpers are breaking up and last week, one of Mitch Raphael's photo essays showed her without a wedding ring, or at least, without a ring on her ring finger.

    • Well, if their only bond is "…a shared zeal for smaller government and a love of cats", no wonder.

      Seriously though, I am absolutely no fan of Harper, but having been through a wrenching breakup myself, don't wish that on anyone.

      • I've been through a marriage break up and it was tough on the kids, but it was tonic to me and in the long run, led to happier times and relationships for both my exhusband and myself. I don't wish a bad marriage on anyone; it's soul crushing.

  3. But Harper is all about the negatives:
    I think the final sentence should therefore read: "The couple bonded over a disdain for large government and a hatred of dogs."

    • just because someone likes cats doesn't mean they hate dogs…

      This is why commenters on blog sites are idiots.

      • I hate jokes too.

  4. Harper has a love for smaller government? Bigger but bad government seems more like his thing.

    • So let's assume Laureen still has her love for smaller government. Hence why they've hit a bad patch, perhaps?

      • That, or steve accidentally inhaled her cat while he was having supper.

  5. Or on these photos which are all pretty old:

    Like most Canadians, I don't like the guy one bit, but if wearing a wedding band on a specific finger is the evidence, I'm not convinced.

    There are kids involved so we should all probably wait until there is some real evidence.

  6. A blogger @ Macleans (raphael) reported Mr. Harper is gay himself and has young Ray Novak aide living over the garage for years!