Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Extreme Makeover - Taxpayer Edition

"We promise to clean up government...and give it a haircut."
-Conservative campaign promise?

It's been confirmed that Canadian taxpayers are paying for Stephen Harper's fashion consultant who "helps him perfect his look, including managing his wardrobe and general grooming".

While I'm a tad concerned that our Prime Minister has not yet mastered his own "general grooming", I can wholeheartedly endorse this move. Anyone who has observed the many vests of Stephen Harper will agree that this is an expense well worth the as of yet undisclosed money it costs. The man represents Canada around the world and, given his fashion sense, this money has to potential to prevent countless international incidents.

On a personal note, while this will likely mean fewer "Stephen Harper looks goofy" blog posts, I feel this will be offset by the pottential for many "Stephen Harper's stylist" jokes.



  • This is obviously a Liberal smear campaign. No one with a professional stylist would have that same hair-cut for so long.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 8:30 p.m.  

  • Conservative strategists have long pondered about how Canadians should best prepare for Global Warming.

    Leave it to Harper's fashion consultant to outline the party's response.

    By Blogger The Anonymous Green, at 9:07 p.m.  

  • I am waiting for Ezra Levant's sexual inuendos. I recall he had a lot of fun with a former Foreign Affairs and his chauffeur. Goodness knows what Ezra's formidable imagination could come up with this time. I know, this sounds mean, but hey, Harper is a heterosexual, she's a stylist, she's travelling with Harper - come on Ezra, go for it.

    By Blogger loraine lamontagne, at 9:57 p.m.  

  • I think starting rumours about Steve and his stylist are reprehensible... Is she hot?

    By Blogger fair sailing, at 6:13 a.m.  

  • I don't think he needs a stylist as much as he needs Queer Eye for the Extremely Straight Guy...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:41 a.m.  

  • Stephen Harper is getting his schooling from George Bush.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 10:28 a.m.  

  • Boy did your Liberals get hammered by the stories on climate change today. Bill C-288 is a crock, completely unachievable without driving the Canadian economy into a deep recession.

    By Blogger uriel, at 3:24 p.m.  

  • From Paul Wells:

    "Recall what the Manning Centre for Building Democracy is: an attempt to establish, within civil society, a permanent base for conservative ideas and a permanent source of inspiration and information for rising young conservatives. It is part and parcel of the mission Steve Harper left the Mulroney Conservatives 20 years ago to advance.

    But Harper has moved on. He had not been in Ottawa for a year as an MP before he started calling selected reporters (Hi, Ken Whyte!) to badmouth his leader for presuming to accept a separate clothing budget.

    Now he has a makeup lady on staff, and he harshly punishes any MP who acts as he did -- or would, if any dared. He proclaims his desire to put conservatism on a permanent equal footing with Trudeauism, but it has to be his game, his ideas, his tactics; Manning's efforts are barely tolerated. "

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 5:32 p.m.  

  • I'm sure that the dichotomy is great fun, but Coyne and Wells raced past the other vignette.

    "Mulroney dropped in on Harper at his Centre Block office on Parliament Hill Wednesday afternoon along with former Ontario premier Mike Harris and former Reform party leader Preston Manning".

    No doubt Brian and the boys raised a toast to anyone stuck in Well's childhood.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:28 p.m.  

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