There was this:
Ordinary folks don't care about arts: Harper
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sparked a culture war in the federal election campaign with a claim that "ordinary people" don't care about arts funding.
Under fire for his government's $45 million in cuts to arts and culture funding, the Conservative leader yesterday said average Canadians have no sympathy for "rich" artists who gather at galas to whine about their grants.
"I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and see a gala of a bunch of people at, you know, a rich gala all subsidized by taxpayers claiming their subsidies aren't high enough, when they know those subsidies have actually gone up – I'm not sure that's something that resonates with ordinary people," Harper said in Saskatoon, where he was campaigning for the Oct. 14 election.
Then, curiously, there was this:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper received a standing ovation after he surprised guests at a National Arts Centre Gala in Ottawa on Saturday night by playing the piano and singing a light-hearted Beatles tune.
Huh. Handy little photo op, that. I wonder how that was arranged. Oh:
Harper's wife, Laureen, is chairwoman of the NAC gala.
In unrelated news, Canada's Blogging Tories pretty much creamed themselves over this latest exercise in pathological narcissism. The grunting and moaning from Brenda/"Hunter" in Edmonton could be heard as far south as Red Deer.
P.S. I wonder about the reaction if someone in the audience had interrupted Harper's performance with "You suck!" I'm betting that all those staunch free speech, "You lie!" defenders would think that that was terribly, terribly gauche.
But that's just a guess.