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The London Free Press’s “Parliamentary Bureau Chief” got right on this cat caper:

Harpers taking in stray cats

Sun, June 11, 2006

By BILL RODGERS, FREE PRESS PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF
 
OTTAWA—The Harpers are turning 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the prime minister, into the most famous cathouse in Canada.

Harper and his wife Laureen have been taking in stray cats and giving them a foster home. The furry felines even have a page on the PM’s website titled Fostering Pets, complete with a picture of the prime minister himself, all dressed up and sitting in a study with a couple of the lucky mouse catchers.

“The Harpers are proud to support and participate in the Ottawa Humane Society’s foster program, which provides temporary homes for pets in the community who are not yet ready for adoption,” says the accompanying article. “Laureen and Stephen have been foster parents to many cats during the past year. At any given time, the Harpers have provided foster care to numerous cats at their Ottawa home.”

They encourage Canadians to do the same by visiting their local SPCA.

As Bob Barker would say on The Price Is Right, “Have your pet spayed or neutered.”

Wow.  Those stupid, stupid Harpers.  Wasting your tax dollars on a page on the government web site to inspire folks to help the SPCA.  No, not the ACLU or the Liberal Party.  The freaking SPCA. 

Conservatives have got a lot of bollocks. 

Here’s the offending page:

Fostering pets

8 June 2006
Ottawa, Ontario

image Prime Minister Harper with two foster cats at 24 Sussex Drive.

All too often, family pets such as dogs and cats find themselves in shelters as a result of being abandoned or rescued.

The Harpers are proud to support and participate in the Ottawa Humane Society’s Foster Program, which provides temporary homes for pets in the community who are not yet ready for adoption.

The program fosters out animals with mild health or behaviour issues who need individual care and nurturing to help them recover before they are adopted by new, loving foster families.

Laureen and Stephen have been foster parents to many cats during the past year.  At any given time, the Harpers have provided foster care to numerous cats at their Ottawa home.

Similar programs are in place across Canada.  Foster pet programs help thousands of animals – including cats, dogs, birds and rabbits – each year. These programs allow:

Those who want to make a difference for an animal to do so, without making a long-term commitment.

Foster parents to see if they are ready for long-term pet ownership.

Contact your local SPCA or Humane Society to find out if they offer a foster pet program.

Of course as usual though, I’ll take credit for bringing this kitty caper to the attention of the blogosphere back in ‘05.  I smelled a rat even before the Prime Minister was even elected.  In my blog entry “Meow.  I’m scary.  Prrrrr.”, I featured this picture.  It was like a warning! 

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The difference is that I won’t win any “Crack Investigative Journalism Awards” or “Parliamentary Bureau Chief Awards for Bravery” or anything.

I even zoomed-in on the li’l hidden agenda.

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