Happy Holidays!

 This PMO Photo Op occurred at the Dec. 16 opening of a new Ronald McDonald House in Toronto that was funded in part by CANADA’S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN.

Regina doesn’t have a RMH, but many Canadian cities do. They’re generally located near hospitals and provide accommodation for families with children undergoing medical treatment for serious illnesses.

So it’s a good cause, and Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen showed up to … well, I’ll leave that to you to describe.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

12 thoughts on “Happy Holidays!”

  1. “By the time you’re my age, son, McDonald’s will have its own hospital in Canada and all the meals will be Big Mac and chicken nuggets. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Now why would your parents vote for anybody but me? Remember, Santa hates liberals and esp communists.”

  2. Harper: “Yes son, I know the witch in Hansel & Gretel lived in a house just like this. But trust me, that’s my wife Laureen.”

  3. Laureen: “Yes, children, I know you were expecting Stephen Whitworth. But Mr. Whitworth is busy proofreading his magazine. I’m afraid you’ll have to settle for Stephen Harper.”

  4. Laureen (continuing): “Well, children, for one thing, the Index was all fucked up. Oopsie!! Did Mrs. Harper say a bad word?!”

  5. Stephen Harper (to Laureen): “Now, darling, they’re only children. They have no idea what you’re talking about.”
    Little Boy, Little Girl (in unison): “Yes we do! Yes we do! We do so know what she’s talking about. She’s talking about typos!!”

  6. Stephen Harper (to the children, smiling condescendingly): “Kids, let me ask you a question, if I may … How do you know what typos are?”
    Little Boy, Little Girl (in unison): “We learned it in Grade 3.”

  7. Laureen (to Stephen, in hushed tones): “They may have a point, dear. The children, I mean.”
    Stephen: “How so, darling? The children may have a point about what?”
    Laureen: “Shh!! They’ll hear you. Pretend you’re building a gingerbread house or something.”
    Stephen (frustrated): “Satisfied? Good. Now what the hell might the children have a point about.”
    Laureen: “You know … the magazine. The one whose name we’re not allowed to mention in the house. Or in the House.”
    Stephen (clearly losing his composure now): “That magazine! What about it?”
    Laureen: “Well, the children are a bit confused, that’s all. The magazine gets very excited about all sorts of issues –”
    Stephen (exasperated): “Get to the point, for Christ’s sake, the photo op is almost over.”
    Laureen (taking a deep breath): “The children were hoping you could talk to Mr. Whitworth about using Canadian spellings.”

  8. Stephen (confused): “There are Canadian spellings?!”
    Laureen: “Couldn’t you just ‘humor’ them, dear?”

  9. Has the Prairie Dog been writing about “donuts” again rather than “doughnuts
    ? By the way, what’s “9/11” all about? Can’t remember what happened on Nov 9.

  10. What has the prairie dog been writing?
    Don’t get me started.
    Stephen can fill you in, I’m sure.

  11. Lad : ” It’s gingerbread and marshmallows, goof. my parents voted for Jack”.

    Girl: ” Get outta my face , Im trying to focus here. My parents voted for Jack “.

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