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Artist behind controversial ‘nude’ Stephen Harper portrait defends her work after Ottawa exhibit shows 14 different artistic portrayals of PM

A Kingston artist has defended her controversial 2011 portrait of Stephen Harper, which imagines the prime minister reclining nude with a backdrop of suited attendants offering him Tim Hortons’ coffee.

Margaret Sutherland’s painting was the most well-known image at a “portrait gallery” of depictions of Harper put together by artist Don Monet and exhibited at an Ottawa Gallery last week. 

In a comment on an Ottawa Citizen preview of the exhibit, Sutherland defended her work against charges of “overexposure” and said its reference to the classic tale of a naked leader — the Emperor’s New Clothes — has continuing relevance, in light of the ongoing Senate scandal.

Meanwhile in Canada… Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hockey book revealed
On Wednesday, the public got their first look at the title and cover for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s long-anticipated non-fiction book about the early days of professional hockey.
Set for release in November, A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & The Rise of Professional Hockey tracks hockey from the first years of Canadian confederation to the First World War.
A promotional website launched by publisher Simon & Schuster promises the book is “a fascinating look at the hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who built the game” and features a one minute-video showcasing black and white photos of early hockey teams against a triumphal soundtrack.

Meanwhile in Canada… Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hockey book revealed

On Wednesday, the public got their first look at the title and cover for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s long-anticipated non-fiction book about the early days of professional hockey.

Set for release in November, A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & The Rise of Professional Hockey tracks hockey from the first years of Canadian confederation to the First World War.

A promotional website launched by publisher Simon & Schuster promises the book is “a fascinating look at the hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who built the game” and features a one minute-video showcasing black and white photos of early hockey teams against a triumphal soundtrack.

Anything Putin can do… Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes his defence minister shooting in Arctic with Canadian RangersStephen Harper took up arms — albeit antique ones — for some target practice on the Arctic tundra and plied the frigid waters of the Northwest Passage in a sovereignty patrol meant to show solidarity with Canadian Rangers.Both the prime minister and newly appointed Defence Minister Rob Nicholson went shooting late Tuesday with the First World War-vintage .303 Lee Enfield rifles.They are the standard-issue weapon for the aboriginal reservists — the part-time soldiers comprising the Rangers who spend their days patrolling the vast, desolate tundra. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

Anything Putin can do… Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes his defence minister shooting in Arctic with Canadian Rangers
Stephen Harper took up arms — albeit antique ones — for some target practice on the Arctic tundra and plied the frigid waters of the Northwest Passage in a sovereignty patrol meant to show solidarity with Canadian Rangers.

Both the prime minister and newly appointed Defence Minister Rob Nicholson went shooting late Tuesday with the First World War-vintage .303 Lee Enfield rifles.

They are the standard-issue weapon for the aboriginal reservists — the part-time soldiers comprising the Rangers who spend their days patrolling the vast, desolate tundra. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

Trudeau’s Liberals hit historic highs as senate scandal has ‘drastic effect’ on Tories: pollWith the Conservatives ensnarled in the biggest political scandal in their seven years in government, a new poll suggests Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are en route to winning a massive majority in the next election.More than four in 10 Canadians, 44%, said they would vote Liberal in the next federal election, according to latest Forum Poll for the National Post, compared to 27% support for the ruling Conservatives and 20% for the opposition NDP.The Liberals would claim 192 seats in the 308-seat House of Commons with that support, leaving the Tories with 77 and dropping the NDP all the way back to 37. (CP)

Trudeau’s Liberals hit historic highs as senate scandal has ‘drastic effect’ on Tories: poll
With the Conservatives ensnarled in the biggest political scandal in their seven years in government, a new poll suggests Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are en route to winning a massive majority in the next election.

More than four in 10 Canadians, 44%, said they would vote Liberal in the next federal election, according to latest Forum Poll for the National Post, compared to 27% support for the ruling Conservatives and 20% for the opposition NDP.

The Liberals would claim 192 seats in the 308-seat House of Commons with that support, leaving the Tories with 77 and dropping the NDP all the way back to 37. (CP)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed temporary legal immigrants, pandas Er Shun and Da Mao, as the arrived via FedEx to Toronto on Monday. Harper officially signed for the pandas, making us wonder, “What other deliveries does he sign for?” Steve Murray has a few ideas.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed temporary legal immigrants, pandas Er Shun and Da Mao, as the arrived via FedEx to Toronto on Monday. Harper officially signed for the pandas, making us wonder, “What other deliveries does he sign for?” Steve Murray has a few ideas.

PM’s cat becomes Reddit celebrity as Harper apparently mails glossy feline photo to letter writerDo you want to talk to the Prime Minister about cats? Because the Prime Minister, apparently, wants to talk to you about cats.Reddit user MyLastNameIsHO posted late Wednesday a letter a he claims a friend received from Stephen Harper responding to an inquiry about the cats at 24 Sussex.In the thread named “Mr friend’s letter to the Prime Minister of Canada about his cats was replied to! (with his signature too),” the user presents the letter with a huge picture of the Harper family cat Stanley. (The Harper’s other cat Gypsy apparently has “no patience” for the camera). (Reddit user MyLastNameIsHO)

PM’s cat becomes Reddit celebrity as Harper apparently mails glossy feline photo to letter writer
Do you want to talk to the Prime Minister about cats? Because the Prime Minister, apparently, wants to talk to you about cats.

Reddit user MyLastNameIsHO posted late Wednesday a letter a he claims a friend received from Stephen Harper responding to an inquiry about the cats at 24 Sussex.

In the thread named “Mr friend’s letter to the Prime Minister of Canada about his cats was replied to! (with his signature too),” the user presents the letter with a huge picture of the Harper family cat Stanley. (The Harper’s other cat Gypsy apparently has “no patience” for the camera). (Reddit user MyLastNameIsHO)

‘Just watch me’: Justin Trudeau invokes father’s famous words when asked if he can beat Stephen HarperLiberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau appears to have little problem embracing his father’s controversial legacy when it comes to taking potshots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper.On a near-empty Porter Airlines flight from Halifax to Ottawa Tuesday evening, Trudeau was sent a note from a fellow passenger asking: “Can you really beat Harper?”“Just watch me,” Trudeau wrote back, invoking Pierre Trudeau’s famous phrase during the 1970 October Crisis. (Screenshot/CP/Twitter)

‘Just watch me’: Justin Trudeau invokes father’s famous words when asked if he can beat Stephen Harper
Liberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau appears to have little problem embracing his father’s controversial legacy when it comes to taking potshots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

On a near-empty Porter Airlines flight from Halifax to Ottawa Tuesday evening, Trudeau was sent a note from a fellow passenger asking: “Can you really beat Harper?”

“Just watch me,” Trudeau wrote back, invoking Pierre Trudeau’s famous phrase during the 1970 October Crisis. (Screenshot/CP/Twitter)

Craving a Trudonut? How about a Justin Beaver Tail? We present some ‘Canadian icon’ doughnut suggestions for Tim HortonsWhen Canadian actor Jason Priestley, playing himself, said on the U.S. sitcom How I Met Your Mother that he had proudly crammed a Timbit into a strawberry vanilla doughnut, Tim Hortons responded with a fake ad for “The Priestley.” The National Post‘s Steve Murray takes a look at what other Canadians, and Canadian institutions, could be likewise honoured with their own delicious doughnut.

Craving a Trudonut? How about a Justin Beaver Tail? We present some ‘Canadian icon’ doughnut suggestions for Tim Hortons
When Canadian actor Jason Priestley, playing himself, said on the U.S. sitcom How I Met Your Mother that he had proudly crammed a Timbit into a strawberry vanilla doughnut, Tim Hortons responded with a fake ad for “The Priestley.” The National Post‘s Steve Murray takes a look at what other Canadians, and Canadian institutions, could be likewise honoured with their own delicious doughnut.

Fighting raccoon crime and blaming the Liberals!: A look at some (possible) future Conservative government ad campaigns
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Harper outlined his government’s focus in his speech to the Conservative caucus. But how will he achieve his goals? Steve Murray imagines possible campaigns for the future of our great country (Canada).

Gary Clement’s week in review, Dear Abby editionPolitical cartoonist Gary Clement takes a look at the week gone by

Gary Clement’s week in review, Dear Abby edition
Political cartoonist Gary Clement takes a look at the week gone by

Fresh road and rail blockade threats as chaos and confusion mar First Nations meeting OTTAWA — A meeting scheduled between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper was mired in chaos and confusion this morning, amid conflicting demands and claims from chiefs and new threats of road and rail blockades.Shawn Atleo’s leadership as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations also appears to be on the line as chiefs demanded that he boycott the talks.As arguments heated up over the form the meeting should take, protesting Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence emerged today from the teepee in which she has been undertaking a month-long liquid diet to talk about the hardships native Canadians face and urged the government to “renew” the relationship. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle)

Fresh road and rail blockade threats as chaos and confusion mar First Nations meeting
OTTAWA — A meeting scheduled between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper was mired in chaos and confusion this morning, amid conflicting demands and claims from chiefs and new threats of road and rail blockades.

Shawn Atleo’s leadership as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations also appears to be on the line as chiefs demanded that he boycott the talks.

As arguments heated up over the form the meeting should take, protesting Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence emerged today from the teepee in which she has been undertaking a month-long liquid diet to talk about the hardships native Canadians face and urged the government to “renew” the relationship. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle)