De­fence min­is­ter gets taste of N.L. hos­pi­tal­ity

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Some fed­eral politi­cians got a taste of New­found­land’s sto­ried hos­pi­tal­ity when t hey wan­dered i nto t he wrong home and were in­vited to stay for re­fresh­ments.

Lib­eral MP Sea­mus O’Re­gan says a hand­ful of cab­i­net min­is­ters were head­ing to his home in St. John’s ear­lier this week.

They were in the city for a cab­i­net re­treat with Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

O’Re­gan told a crowd at Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity that the min­is­ters were head­ing to his home when they saw a house with peo­ple gath­ered in­side and let them­selves in, as­sum­ing it was O’Re­gan’s.

It wasn’t. The jig was up when some­one at the house spot­ted a high-pro­file min­is­ter across the room.

“One of them rec­og­nized the min­is­ter of na­tional de­fence, Har­jit Sa­j­jan, and went ‘ Oooohhhh,’ ” O’Re­gan said.

“And Har­jit went, ‘ This isn’t Sea­mus’s house’ and they were like, ‘No, no he’s just four houses down the road. Come in — do you want a drink?’ ”

O’Re­gan said the sur­prised home­own­ers gave the min­is­ters his ad­dress and also a sense of what life is like in the prov­ince.

“They were floored. You know, I had all these grand de­signs and places I wanted to take them in or­der for them to have a feel of what it is to live in New­found­land and Labrador and they got it! They all walked in and they just got it.”

Sea­mus O’Re­gan

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