The Hon. Bonhomme
Call me crazy, but I think we might just be getting a sneak preview of a future cabinet prospect. From CP reporter Steve Rennie, an account of a photo op today in the Prime Minister's Office:
Quebec's Bonhomme Carnaval followed Stephen Harper into the prime minister's wood-paneled office. The giant, costumed snowman danced for the cameras, waving and hopping from foot to foot. Harper and Bonhomme stood between two Canadian flags under a painting of Sir John A. Macdonald and shook hands as the Conservative Quebec caucus clapped and sang.
Harper spoke to Bonhomme in English and French.
"I last saw Bonhomme at the Stampede, because Calgary and Quebec City are sister cities, so we always participate in each other's festivals," Harper said. "I've been at the Carnaval de Quebec several times. The Carnaval is the largest winter festival in the world, and the most successful. And we want to encourage everybody across the county, around the world, to come to this, the 57th edition."
"This was a great speech. I should hire you," Bonhomme quipped. He thanked Harper and the MPs. He called Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon "grandpapa." Then Harper, Bonhomme and the MPs gathered for a group photo.