Stephen Harper’s throne speech veered to the lyrical as Conservative authors tried to wax poetically about the North Star as a metaphor for Canada.
But was it perhaps something more political? A coded appeal for the homosexual vote? In Marvel Comics lore, Northstar is the name of the first gay superhero and bonus, a Canadian/Quebecer crime fighter too. Northstar, known in his civilian life as Jean-Paul Beaubier, is a former Quebec-separatist terrorist in the Marvel comics, who renounces his evil ways to fight for the betterment of mankind. (Image from Marvel Comics' Alpha Flight #106, by Mark Pacella)
No word on whether Northstar and Harry Potter’s Dumbledore ever dated in the fictional universe.
Meanwhile, Liberal MP Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre) weighed in with her own interpretation of the North Star analogy this week as she talked about the rights of indigenous people.
"Like an astrologer, the Prime Minister claims to be guided by the North Star. Will he admit that on this issue he is indeed like the North Star: cold, unmovable, distant and not too bright?" she said in the Commons.