Thursday, March 18, 2010

Harper Adds New Anti-Embarrassment Police Division

Despite the fact that Stephen Harper's office ... OK, technically our office since we're paying for it .... is now taking all photos, writing all copy and filming all video, there is always the chance that something could happen that would prove to be an embarrassment.

Not an embarrassment to us. He's already got that one sewn up.

But an embarrassment to the little dictator. Clearly this would be a catastrophe of enormous proportions.

I mean what if he forgot to do up his fly or had spinach in his teeth. This could create a national emergency.

But for anyone as worried about this as I am, you needn't worry.

Not only are dedicated police officers roughing up the media if they attempt to ask a question, but they are now preventing Herr Harper from finding himself in a compromising position. Whew! Glad we've sewn that one up.

Sask. cops saved Harper from 'embarrassment': RCMP:

SASKATOON — City police officers in Saskatoon saved Stephen Harper from public "embarrassment" by anti-prorogation protesters when the prime minister
paid a visit to the last month, according to the RCMP's VIP Security unit.

In a letter of thanks received by the Saskatoon Police Service on March 1, RCMP Sgt. Robert Pilon commended four city constables for keeping a group of sign-waving protesters out of a downtown hotel while Harper was inside.

'Sign waving protesters'. Clearly they were all terrorists. I've seen the photos and video of this event and they certainly looked shifty.

The group of protesters, most of whom were members of a local chapter of Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (CAPP), stood for about an hour on a sidewalk across the street from the hotel's entrance. They did not get a chance to speak with Harper.

"While I don't have the details, I don't think it's the role of police to prevent 'embarrassment' for any politician," said Christopher White, founder of the Facebook group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament, which attracted national attention and collected more than 214,000 members. "If you collect a six-figure salary and get to fly around the country on taxpayers' dime, you should be able to handle a little direct criticism."

So if you find yourself on that sidewalk in Saskatoon, lay down a few flowers. Because it was on that spot that our devoted police officers foiled an attempt to direct criticism at an elected official. This was definitely one of those 'where were you when' moments.


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