PM ponders budgets and royal invite
Canada will be well represented at the royal wedding, but don't count Prime Minister Stephen Harper among the for-sure attendees at the moment.
He and his wife Laureen have been invited to the April 29 mega-event, but, according to the Montreal Gazette, his office isn't ready to confirm his attendance, at least not yet.
One explanation may be that the government's budget is being tabled on March 22. Should the Opposition get especially aggressive, they could force the Conservatives into an election by defeating the budget.
Given the choice between stumping through northern Saskatchewan and noshing with the royals ... well, Harper can always catch up with William and Kate during their Canadian tour in the summer (if he's still prime minister, that is).
Whatever happens (and we'll bet he'll be going to London), there will be plenty of Canadian content. Governor-General David Johnston is expected on the guest list, and of course there will be Montreal-raised Autumn Kelly, who has been part of the royal family since marrying the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, in 2008. Toronto native David Furnish will also be there, alongside his partner Elton John, who only confirmed his invite on Tuesday while in Toronto to see 'Billy Elliot.'
Also, on the invitation front, the Mirror reports that David Beckham and his wife Victoria have ended their hemming and hawing over whether to go. The wedding comes two days before Beckham is due to play with the L.A. Galaxy in an MLS game, but the paper reports that Beckham will jet back from London with all due haste so he doesn't miss the game.
"You don’t say no to the future king of England,” said Beckham.