President Steve cuts cheese; Big Julie, L’il Joe inhale deeply
To tell this story, we need to go back to Oct. 15, 2010…. There was a campaign event at the Ice Cream Patio and…I had it all set up to get a picture of Harper posing with a pizza and proud Italian immigrant [Big Julie] Fantino. It was all in fun. But somebody in the Prime Minister’s Office…wouldn’t allow [it]. It really ticked off Fantino—and Harper, I learned later. They wanted to do the pizza shot. I get it about controlling image, but I say let the guy be human. He’s a heck of a guy, but the public doesn’t get to see it…. Harper is a very good guy. He and his staff are getting better at letting the real person come through. One staffer told me Harper’s genuinely “having a lot of fun with the campaign.” There are lots of good people in Canada and it’s like Harper is finally taking the time to smell the pizza sauce. Speaking of which, the pizza Harper helped prepare came out of the oven…. No talk of ISIS, the economy or a gruelling election. Just some people having a great pizza in a famous local place.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, Sept, 29, 2015.
Well, if you don’t know…
It’s Day 50— and there’s only four weeks to go! Listening to CBC Radio this morning on the way to work, a few of the hosts were saying that people are “engaged” in this election campaign. They didn’t seem to have any data to back up that contention—just, anecdotally, people are “engaged.” Are they really? I’m not saying they’re not, and nor am I saying that they are. I honestly don’t know—and neither, it seems, does anyone else.
—Warren Kinsella, warrenkinsella.com, Sept. 21, 2015.
And we sincerely apologize to Angry Earl for unintentionally infringing on his registered catchphrase
Huffington Post reported NDP Winnipeg Centre candidate Pat Martin said Robert Falcon Ouellette is “full of s–t,” not a “piece of s–t” as originally reported in this story. We regret the error.
—Huffington Post, Sept. 22, 2015.