Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fourth Annual Politicians in Cowboy Hats


There were no see-my-vest incidents this year but, thanks to a few news stories, a few e-mails, and Jim Prentice's facebook page, I'm able to present the fourth annual Stampede Fashion Round-Up.

First up, the federal party leaders:

Elizabeth May, quite fairly, won "worst dressed" last year, but the experts turned it around and named her "best dressed" this time around.

Looking at the comparison below, she has obviously improved, but I think it's probably a case of low expectations and a better picture being used this year, so I'm not quite prepared to crown her as the champ.

So while May earns a solid runner-up ribbon, I'm going to go with Jack Layton as my choice for "best dressed" among the party leaders. For a mustached socialist from Toronto, he pulls off western surprisingly well.

In this picture, Harper tells a local farmer about anti-Stampede comments Michael Ignatieff had made earlier in the day. Harper would later return and clarify that it was actually PETA which had made the comments.

Ever since leather vest-gate, Harper has put in solid, but not spectacular, performances. This year is no different - he seems to have settled on the checkered shirt and dark cowboy hat as his go-to outfit.

So Harper went with the red shirt, and the rookie Ignatieff went blue. While Ignatieff didn't embarrass himself, he played it safe, and deserves a 4th place finish. I know Ignatieff's an academic and a bit out of his element, but if Stephane Dion can pull off a cowboy hat, anyone can.

A surprise appearance by Gilles Duceppe! He does go with a hat, so I may have to slot him in ahead of Iggy in the rankings.

Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier poses with Lisa Raitt. Raitt sported a black cowboy hat until she misplaced it by the pancake tray.

This brings us to Stampede superstar Jim Prentice. Sure, past environment ministers have turned in their SUVs for hybrids, but Prentice one-ups them by going horse back.

Prentice poses with the Tory caucus.

Like Prentice, Harry Chase is a Stampede superstar...the man is a cowboy, and could stare down Wyatt Earp. However, I must once again point out that the "Harry Chase MLA" apron is absolutely ridiculous.

While Chase always looks the part, provincial politicians often struggle at the Stampede. Ed Stelmach and David Swann are both nice people but both were clearly outdone by a bunch of city-slickers from Ottawa. I mean, for crying out loud, the tree-hugging Green Party leader had a better Stampede outfit than Alberta's Premier and leader of the opposition!



  • Thanks for the chuckle on the PETA comment!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:27 PM  

  • Gotta admit, Dan, some good puns this time, particularly about the Tory caucus.

    By Blogger Raphael Alexander, at 2:04 PM  

  • Nice set. That jacket Prentice is wearing was given to him by the Sun clan from the Blood reserve in 2007.

    By Anonymous Darcey, at 4:36 PM  

  • Gutsy move for any Liberal to even show their big government big taxes loving faces in Alberta.

    Gotta give them credit for stupidity in the face of reality

    By Blogger Fred, at 7:20 PM  

  • Harper's tailors are simply incapable of hiding the man's gut.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:07 PM  

  • That's an old picture of Swann, certainly not one from this year.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 1:48 PM  

  • Elizabeth wasn't bad, but clearly, she bought her jeans the night before. Layton - are you kidding me? He looks like the gayest cowboy alive, not that there's anything wrong with that, but Stampede is all about butching it up...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 PM  

  • Mike - I updated the Swann pic with one up on his FB today. Looks like he went with the same outfit again this year.

    If I were him, I'd grab a new shirt and get the belt buckle. The buckle is key, since it's a low risk accesory that almost always adds a bit of authenticity.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:08 PM  

  • I think David Swann's red cowboy shirt must be a special Liberal one as Carolyn Bennett wore a similar shirt last year.

    What? No Cowboy Steph this year? Too bad - he always looked like the Gary Cooper 'High Noon' type.

    Next year Jack Layton should wax his moustache. Now that'd be a good pic!

    By Blogger lyrical, at 2:40 AM  

  • I can't help but notice that David Swann is wearing this millenium's equivalent of a pocket protector - the Blackberry belt holster - with his cowboy gear.


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