According to Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, someone has been doing a little redecorating in the House of Commons - specifically in the area behind those curtains behind the government’s MP seats known as the ‘government lobby’ (there’s a corresponding ‘opposition lobby’ on the other side).
This area is usually restricted to MPs, guest speakers, policy advisers and (presumably) lobbyists, and May has been back there a few times over the years under various governments. The walls used to be decorated with an assortment of photos and paintings of landscapes, the Queen and past Prime Ministers.
Today, every one of those pictures has been replaced. I’ll give you one guess.
Every available wall space had a large colour photo of Stephen Harper. Stephen Harper at Alert. Stephen Harper in fire fighter gear. Stephen Harper at his desk. Stephen Harper meeting the Dalai Lama. Even the photo of the Queen showed her in the company of Stephen Harper. None were great photos. None were more than enlarged snapshots in colour. They didn’t feel like art.
The student with me said it was the same in Langevin Block, the Prime ministers Office. Photos of Stephen Harper everywhere.
She describes the sight as leaving her "chilled to the bone".
(H/T to Kady O'Malley)
UPDATE: The Ottawa Citizen (bless 'em) has picked up this story. They have reactions from various MPs, but failed to get an official comment: "A press aide to Mr. Harper said he would get back with an explanation, but didn't."