Harpers get hands dirtyThis photo opportunity has been brought to you by: manure and the Conservative party of Canada. What a headline! Harpers get hands dirty at Dutch Growers. Planting seeds of conservatism and hoping they bloom in May. “You know this is photo only. No talking,” The women in blue rimmed glasses reminded me. Mr Harper doesn’t take questions when he’s gardening.

He was talking earlier though. The PM addressed a small crowd of conservative party members, reporters and sunglassed RCMP security at Performance Marine. He came with a handful of budget initiatives repackaged as campaign pledges. Promises for small business and a “continued commitment to strengthening Canada’s economy.” Nothing new on today’s agenda. Why here? If I had to guess, it might be that the airport is within walking distance.

We probably won’t see much of Harper around here before the election. The West is just a pit stop. One the Conservatives think is a lock. The battleground is out east. But, a quick morning rah-rah in Regina followed by a Winnipeg pep-rally would brighten anyone’s day. Tomorrow he heads back to Toronto. Harper has been all over the “golden horseshoe” as of late. He’s mad for a majority and needs a chunk of the Liberal’s Toronto ridings to get it.