Thursday, February 01, 2007

Harper's So Fat He Has His Own Zip Code

Like Helena Guergis, I too am quite upset about Dion's alleged "fat joke" directed towards Stephen Harper:

The Liberal leader joked that the exercise room at Stornaway -- the official residence of the leader of the Opposition -- had been refurbished.

And he said the new workout room would benefit his successor.

"Maybe Mr. Harper will have the opportunity to lose his (extra) weight now because we have this exercise room,'' Dion said.

I'm not so much upset that he called Harper fat, but rather that he did so using such a weak joke. Even Colin Mayes wouldn't find this one funny. They really need to hire back Feschuk because the new guy writing Dion's material is just lame. As a suggestion, I humbly submit the following to Dion for future interviews:

"Stephen Harper's so fat, he takes up more seats in the House of Commons than the entire NDP caucus"


  • Stephen Harper is so fat... he's going to win southwestern Ontario (St. Catharines is Canada's fattest city)!

    Dion should have remembered that most Canadians are pretty fat themselves.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 12:19 AM  

  • Stephen Harper is so fat, when he loses his seat they are going to have to put his picture on a milk truck.

    Stephen Harper is so fat, he needs to lose 30 pounds before he will be allowed to be a sumo wrestler.

    By Blogger ktr, at 1:55 AM  

  • So it's okay for Conservative MP's to say that Belinda Stronach has a fat ass then, is that it?

    Wait a minute - don't tell me. The Cons started it, is that it?

    Seriously CG - I expect more from this blog than jokes about the girth of our federal politicians.

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 5:21 AM  

  • Stephen Harper is so fat...he has to walk for office

    By Blogger Small Town Shyster, at 7:50 AM  

  • Two can play at that game:

    Stephane Dion is so scrawny/skinny/thin...

    ... when he stands sideways and stick out his tongue, he looks like a zipper!

    ... on Halloween, he rolls himself in Sesame seeds & goes out as a bread stick!

    ... he has to strap a 2x4 across his butt so he doesn't go down the drain while taking a shower!

    ... he uses dental floss as toilet paper!

    and so on...

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 8:50 AM  

  • Okay, I actually laughed out loud when I got down to the joke part - that was really good. Give up on this Young Liberal stint and take it on the road, baby - I know talent when I see it.

    I was kind of surprised to see the big deal people made of this - but then, I think it's okay for dumpees to call their exes "dog" at work.

    I'd like to sound high-handed and moralistic with a, "Can we get back to policy, please?", but if there's gold to be had like "more seats than the NDP caucus", have at it.

    (Walks for office was pretty good too!)

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 9:05 AM  

  • The joke itself was a harmless jab. What I find curious is that Dion shows his two-facedness (if that's a word) by making the joke immediately after commenting on the Conservative ads by saying he doesn't resort to cheap personnal attacks. I think that speaks volumes for what kind of human being Dion is.

    By Blogger Bud, at 10:28 AM  

  • I thought Harper could "take a punch"!

    Sheesh, when did the tories turn into a bunch of crybabies?

    By Blogger Hammering Jow, at 10:39 AM  

  • It's not a fat joke at all. The joke is that Stephan Harper will be able to work out in the excercise room he had refurbished when he is back in residence at Stornoway after he loses the next election. The joke would work equally as well ifhe were buff. It is funny and subtle and intelligent and dry humour which is why people like Helena didn't get it.

    By Blogger s.b., at 10:56 AM  

  • "I don't make cheap personal attacks like that fat neo-con Bush-loving extremist Stephen Harper." - Stephane Dion (ok not really...)

    Hey, a LOT worse has been said over the years. That's nothing compared to the personal attacks politicans face day-in, day-out, for all directions.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:57 AM  

  • He was joking about Stornaway (and Harper going back there). The bedroom and the exercise room have been renovated and let me tell you I would not want to hear a joke about Harper in the bedroom....

    By Blogger Jacqueline Alderton, at 10:57 AM  

  • jacqueline: "I don't think I've ever been accused of seducing anyone . . . even my wife."

    Sound familiar? :)

    Seriously, everyone needs to get a grip, it was a joke.

    Sean, in case you missed it CG is using the humour to belittle the insult.


    By Blogger lance, at 11:23 AM  

  • Anyone notice that the Conservatives and their supporters are quick to go on the attack and be aggressive . . . . .

    Yet the mildest slight sets them off into into fits of whining snivelling.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 12:29 PM  

  • Harper's so fat, the only number growing faster than his waist size is Liberal support in the polls.

    By Blogger Denise B, at 12:31 PM  

  • Harper's so fat he fired Status of Women employees so he could salt his potatoes with their tears.

    By Blogger Denise B, at 12:41 PM  

  • Harper's so fat, he can now hide his neocon agenda inbetween his rolls.

    Zing! okay, i'll stop now.

    By Blogger Denise B, at 12:44 PM  

  • I don't know what the big deal is, I mean if we called Dion an elitist anti-anglo snob, a typically snooty citizen of france, and a disgusting androgenous bean pole, none of you would drag out you well worn Liberal labels that all end with "ist" now would you?

    I didn't think so.

    By Blogger Grithater, at 1:19 PM  

  • Remember when Jason Kenny and the Tory war room called Paul Martin a pedophile in the 2004 election?

    Yeah, that was a real kneeslapper.

    By Blogger Raymaker, at 2:08 PM  

  • Does anyone see the irony of Helena Guergis, a former "Miss Huronia" in the Miss Huronia Pageant, discussing Harper's weight?
    Christ, I've been watching too much Tyra Banks.

    By Blogger WestmountLiberal, at 2:15 PM  

  • bud: "I think that speaks volumes for what kind of human being Dion is."

    It does. A not-so-fat kind.

    Really - isn't this a mountain out of a molehill? (My apologies if the inference that the mountain has a comparative size issue is deemed offensive. I will submit to counselling).

    Read Dion's quote. He doesn't call him fat. If he does then we should have an amendment in the Canada Elections Act that makes it illegal for a candidate to make any comment about how door-to-door canvassing affects their waistline, etc.


    By Blogger Mark, at 2:25 PM  

  • Yes - Kenney called him a pedophile and Jack Layton called him a murderer. It was truly fucking hilarious.

    By Blogger Mark, at 2:27 PM  

  • "Anyone notice that the Conservatives and their supporters are quick to go on the attack and be aggressive . . . . .

    Yet the mildest slight sets them off into into fits of whining snivelling."

    Couldn't you say that about ANY of the parties?

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 3:32 PM  

  • Robert Vollman calls it - you could indeed say that about ANY of the parties.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 3:56 PM  

  • "Maybe Mr. Harper will have the opportunity to lose his (extra) weight now because we have this exercise room," Dion said."

    Actually, the best joke here is that the media has to translate Dion's English so that ordinary Joes have a clue as to what he's saying. The actual quote was

    "Maybe Mr. Harper will have the opportunity to lose his overweight now . . "

    Good luck in the debates, Stephane, you're going to need it.

    By Blogger The Rat, at 4:13 PM  

  • Folks, the joke is okay because Harper isn't actually fat. At worst, it's comparable to calling Dion stupid or bad-in-bed. It's not a personal attack.

    By Blogger LeoPetr, at 4:18 PM  

  • What the CPC ads did was frustrate Dion into trying to make a comment in jest. Unfortunately, his dark delivery didn't cut it and it came out lame.

    Now I'm *really* looking forward to seeing what Dion and crew will come up with at the Press Gallery Dinner.

    By Blogger Hatrock, at 4:43 PM  

  • denise b, you cracked me up with all 3!

    raymaker, good point. i would much rather someone IMPLY that i am fat, than directly call me a supporter of pedophiles and child porn.

    By Blogger ktr, at 4:51 PM  

  • haha the Rat, you are right...I wish they would get the quote right..

    By Blogger fartcatcher, at 4:55 PM  

  • I remember Martin and Harper gently kidding each other about their weight a few times back in 2004...I don't think Dion was trying to be malicious - as others said, the joke was more about Harper going back to Stornoway soon.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 7:11 PM  

  • The Conservatives, I guess, have no sense of humor... it goes right along with their lack of social conscience, hatred of progress, disregard for the poor and love of tobacco. Welcome to Harper's Canada folks!

    By Blogger The Bachelor, at 7:18 PM  

  • the bachelor: "it goes right along with their lack of social conscience, hatred of progress, disregard for the poor."

    Lack of social conscience. Progressive definition of social conscience: Not objecting to those who can't taking your money and giving it to those who won't, all so they can use your money to feel better about themselves.

    Hatred of progress.
    Progressive definition of progress: The inexorable growth of government, the continual erosion of individual responsiblity in favour of collective rights, except for the rights of those who pay the bills.

    Disregard for the poor.
    Progressive definition of poor:
    Any group who decides that society has denied them the comforts which they are entitled to. Actual working poor are justifiable too proud to accept a handout, and will only accept a hand up, making them useless to the "progressive" crowd.

    bachelor, what we actually hate is the nanny state telling us how to live our lives, the masters degree holding childless bureaucrat telling us how to raise our children, those who have never met a payroll telling us how to run our businesses, and the Liberal Party, which has become nothing more than the vehicle of choice for the uber wealthy upper Canadian billionaire boys club to exert control over the country. If you think that the Demarais et al, view you young Liberals as anything more than useful fools, you prove their analysis.

    By Blogger Grithater, at 7:55 PM  

  • Albinia Gueriana - now there's a tubby MP.

    CG, do you know how much she clocks in at? 213 lbs?

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 7:57 PM  

  • Mauril Belanger - wow. You look at him and you think, "does he realize he's supposed to dole out pork to his constituents and not hog the stuff for himself?"

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 7:58 PM  

  • "none of you would drag out you well worn Liberal labels that all end with "ist" now would you? "

    No I usually wait until a conservative says something like "sterlize all muslims" or "they should all be put into camps" or somesuch. Such waiting doesn't require much patience either.

    Personaly I didn't like Dion's crack about Harper's weight but I don't think it's unduly nasty. We're talking about it largely because it's a slow news day more than anything else.

    By Blogger Jose, at 4:16 AM  

  • I wish you the patience of Job CG. An aside: He's a guy in the Bible, I know you tolerant Grits hate anybody who might have read it. Looks like Celine is going to use Alberta as the bogeyman to win central Candian seats..time tested Liberal strategy, not good for the country, but good for the Liberals, so who cares?

    I do know that getting spit at on doorsteps, having rocks thrown through election office windows and the like isn't fun, so steady young man. What will you do, however, if Celine has gone to far this time? Help him throw Holland under a bus, or put Party ahead of countru like a good little Grit?

    By Blogger Grithater, at 7:18 AM  

  • Ok, grithater...I think you might be missing the point of this article...You are supposed to start with "Stephen Harper is so fat..." And even if I spot you that, your jokes just don't make any sense.

    By Blogger Small Town Shyster, at 7:56 AM  

  • "use Alberta as the bogeyman to win central Candian seats"

    That would be paticularly unfair considering how Albertans are so charitable in their views towards the rest of Canada.

    I suspect there is a showdown coming over the tar sands. They need to be cut off from the federal teat to do otherwise while trying to do something about emissions is completely nonsensical. Alberta however is going to howl with rage at the tar sands being removed from the welfare rolls.

    By Blogger Jose, at 10:46 AM  

  • Harper is so fat that when he turns around, his colleagues give him a welcome back party.

    Dion is slimmer than his chances of becoming Prime Minister.

    It's so cold in Ottawa, the politicians have their hand in their own pockets. (Thanks Duff)


    By Blogger le politico, at 11:26 AM  

  • I find it both amusing and annoying that Jose and others are continually claiming that the tax incentives the oil industry has are "subsidies" or "corporate welfare".

    The only way that a tax cut can be considered a subsidy is if you believe that all property inherently belongs to the state.

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 11:58 AM  

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    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 12:00 PM  

  • Grithater,

    I'm pretty sure the bachelor was poking fun at anti-CPC types. It was a parody of some of these nuts. Get a sense of humour!

    Start here:

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 12:03 PM  

  • Too true, RV. I reread the bachelor's post, and I see the joke. It gets really tiring being told you are a bad Canadian unless you support Liberal Government without end A-men.

    By Blogger Grithater, at 1:25 PM  

  • Thank you so much. I am so sick of all these touchy pc people getting so up in arms about a simple joke. You can't make fun of Jews, blacks,Arabs or cripples. Thank God we still have fat people!!

    By Blogger Sophie, at 1:50 PM  

  • Grithater,

    Was totally a joke - tongue-in-cheek approach to all the Conservative stereotypes. I might be Liberal, but I come from a super Conservative, hard-right family and last time I checked none of my relatives were a) addicted to tobacco b) eating like Myron Thompson or c) Slapping around the illiterate like John Baird or d) Threatening to jail the homeless like Flaherty...

    Was said in jest though.

    By Blogger The Bachelor, at 1:52 PM  

  • Seriously though, fat people really suck. Lets not forget that.

    By Blogger Sophie, at 1:53 PM  

  • Dion is slimmer than his chances of becoming Prime Minister.

    Not a bad one, I've got to admit...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:55 PM  

  • Thanks Grit, I have to admit I was pretty proud of myself on that one.. :)

    Great site, keep up the good work.

    By Blogger le politico, at 11:16 PM  

  • Stephen Harper is so fat...that he could all by himself qualify for official party status.

    Sorry, but that's the best this Tory can do.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 2:44 PM  

  • Hey, while searching for widgets for my blog, I stumbled upon and wow! I found what I wanted. A cool news widget. My blog is now showing latest news with title, description and images. Took just few minutes to add. Awesome!

    By Blogger Alex, at 10:16 AM  

  • Stephen Harper is a pedophile. He looks like one, and his entire conservative gov can go to hell for all I care!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:57 PM  

  • When stephen harper's children need some medical attention, he'll be praying that he voted NDP!

    That fat, pedophile! Biggest loser in canada!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 PM  

  • Come on now. He has to ROLL for office.


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