"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday 14 February 2015

At Least The Message Should Be Straight

When  Robyn casually mentioned  Mrs Harper is in a lesbian relationship, I was stunned.

 Robyn ,in her early twenties ,was not engaging in salacious gossip. Homosexuality is not an issue to her generation The Honorable Kathleen Wynn's relationship is most prominent

The Blog  had received a comment the Harpers are not to-gether.Not sure I published it.

On Friday I  read a Globe editorial recommended in another comment.

A news story about Oregon Governor Kitzhaber having to resign because of questionable financial dealings  by his fiancee caught my attention.,He will be replaced by Kate Brown,currently Oregon Secretary of State . The story noted  Ms Brown will be the first openly bi-sexual Governor ever in the History of America. None have been elected to office.

The bi-sexuality bit seemed oddly irrelevant but it was included in The Globe story.

I called Robyn this morning to ask how she came by the Harper story. She couldn't remember.

So I went to Wikipedia and asked the question point blank.

The Greeks had The Oracle .We have Wikipedia.

Apparently in 2010. a story was submitted  by Norman Spektor to the Globe about the Prime Minister
and his wife being together for an hour long Christmas interview with Lloyd Robertson and Robert Fife while they are understood to be livimg  apart. It was entitled Lost Opportunity.

The story was pulled by The Globe and Mail.Then published on  Spektator's Report  from whence it sallied over to The Reeves Report a political and environmental web site

So..now you know what I know.

Apparently the rumour has been out there since  before the last election that Ms Harper lives at Chateau Laurier and is in a relationship with a female R.C.M.P. Officer.

The Globe and Mail is a Canadian newspaper with gravitas
They could logically argue right to privacy for public figures.
But y'know, I think there really  needs to be consistency.

If it's O.K. to refer to the sexual proclivity of an American Governor why is it not O.K. for a Canadian public figure

And in this enlightened age why should it be hidden .Isn't that the very opposite of what it's all about
these days?


Anonymous said...

You did not put up the comment about it being the best kept secret on the Rideau.
I also heard about it from the younger generation. They have no problem and just find it amusing when he goes on about " family values "

Anonymous said...

Common gossip in Ontario.
Not sure if Alberta is in on it.

Anonymous said...

Also found on the Internet regarding the four-year-old rumours about Harper's missus:

"And then there’s the rumours around Mrs. Harper, which have so much spirit and life that it’s impossible to know where they even began.

One could probably cite its origins to a truly terrible column from Norman Spector where he shares some very reputable information that he learned on the Globe’s comment board — that Steve and Laureen went splitsville.

Now, this is a very old rumour. Variations on the theme are that Laureen was living at the Chateau Laurier with her female RCMP bodyguard. Sometimes it extends: that Harper got wise and re-posted that officer to the Northwest Territories. Or maybe it was the Yukon.

Either way, it’s baloney for a myriad of reasons: the Prime Minister doesn’t decide where to post RCMP officers. Further, any layman in Ottawa can regale you with tales of spotting Mrs. Harper out shopping with the Foreign Affairs Minister, yet not one can lay eyeballs on the First Lady stepping out of the Chateau? (I walk past every morning, as do thousands of other Ottawans.)

There’s actually no evidence whatsoever to back up the really out-there theory.

But here’s concrete evidence to the contrary: Laureen occasionally has gal pals over to watch Washington-bubble soap drama Scandal. At 24 Sussex. Where she lives. With the Prime Minister.

Now I don’t want to pronounce myself on the state of their marriage — and I certainly won’t get into who-sleeps-in-what-bed, or heaven forbid, frequency of copulation — but, at the very least, they live in the same house. We should all be satisfied with that."

Anonymous said...

Thanks 18:24

And another rumour bites the dust.

Anonymous said...

I really don't care where he or she lives nor who they live with. As long as it doesn't cost me anymore money.

Anonymous said...

There is all this stuff about Sun News Network failing. What the blazes was Sun News Network ? Did I miss a comet ?

Anonymous said...


"...the United States has long-standing and powerful institutions, but they have been subject to political decay. Government institutions that are supposed to serve public purposes have been captured by powerful private interest, such that democratic majorities have a difficult time asserting their control. The problem is not just one of money and power; it also has to do with rigidities of the rules themselves, and of the ideas supporting them"

Is Harper leading us into decay?

Anonymous said...

"Family values" yeah right. They defeated their own members bill c-560. A promise that they reneged on again from 2005. I don't know when values left all political parties and all levels of government, but I do know that I'm very happy that I'm not a member of any of their families.

Anonymous said...

20:18 -Harper, Trudeau, Mulcair pick your decay.

Anonymous said...

20:04- Yes you did.

Anonymous said...

I am more concerned with the man's increased isolation than his love life. First Baird and now his spokesperson. Adams does not count.

Anonymous said...

I'm with 19:42...As long as it doesn't cost me more money, I don't care.

Anonymous said...

Wikipedia is probably not the most reliable source ....

Anonymous said...

If you looked beyond the Wikipedia source, you will have seen that this rumour has been in existence since early 2011 at least. Hardly news.