Politi­cians strut in cow­boy hats

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Surely I'm not the only one who finds the sight of our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers strut­ting their stuff at the Cal­gary Stam­pede in their lu­di­crous cow­boy hats to be a lit­tle silly, if not down­right pa­thetic. Is this how they plan to demon­strate their con­nec­tion with or­di­nary Cana­di­ans, their sta­tus as "men of the peo­ple?"

Many of us or­di­nary Cana­di­ans find the Stam­pede to be a nasty event, un­wor­thy of a civ­i­lized com­mu­nity, and lit­tle bet­ter than Span­ish bull fight­ing. Al­ready one horse has been killed in the chuck wagon race.

The kind of po­lit­i­cal leader I would vote for wouldn't go any­where near Cal­gary at this time of year, ex­cept per­haps to protest the cru­elty. Peter Noakes, Char­lot­te­town

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