Save the date: Al­berta min­is­ter get­ting mar­ried

Al­berta’s first openly gay cab­i­net min­is­ter shared news of his en­gage­ment on Face­book

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ED­MON­TON—A few weeks be­fore the Oc­to­ber NDP con­ven­tion in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Ri­cardo Mi­randa was pre­par­ing to ta­ble a pro­posal … one that he wasn’t ex­pect­ing to back­fire.

In his Ed­mon­ton apart­ment, and joined by his part­ner Christo­pher Brown, a man he had met only a few months be­fore and then fell deeply in love with, Mi­randa was gear­ing up to pop the ques­tion.

“And then he asked me to stop,” Mi­randa said. “He said, ‘We shouldn’t have this con­ver­sa­tion right now.’ I was a lit­tle bit up­set about that be­cause I thought things were go­ing well, but it turned out that he was the one that wanted Al­berta Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Ri­cardo Mi­randa, right, and his fi­ancé Christo­pher Brown, left, an­nounced they will be get­ting mar­ried after just a short few months of dat­ing. They’ll tie the knot at the Glen­bow Mu­seum in Cal­gary later in the month.

to pro­pose to me, and he just didn’t have the ring yet.”

And so, on Satur­day, Oct. 27, when the con­ven­tion was in full swing, and after the two re­tired to the min­is­ter’s apart­ment again be­tween events, Brown turned the ta­bles

and bounced the ques­tion back.

“I had it all planned out,” said Brown, a res­i­dent of Faust, Alta. “Love is tricky like that. You think you’re go­ing to plan it one way, and then it goes the op­po­site way.”

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ERIC GOODEN

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