Save the date: Mi­randa is en­gaged

Al­berta’s first openly gay cabi­net min­is­ter an­nounced he is get­ting mar­ried MORE AT THES­TAR.COM/ ED­MON­TON

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ber 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 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., about 300 kilo­me­tres north of Ed­mon­ton. “Love is tricky like that. You think you’re go­ing to plan it one way, and then it goes the op­po­site way. There were still things I wanted to do, but it didn’t fall through. It just got pushed up.”

“And, of course, I said, ‘Yes,’” Mi­randa added.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing,

the min­is­ter shared news of the nup­tials in the most mod­ern way pos­si­ble — by chang­ing his Face­book sta­tus and kick­ing off a trend­ing hash­tag (#loveislove) that took the prov­ince by storm, a speed that the two have learned to em­brace in re­cent months.

“We just got caught up in this al­most whirl­wind ro­mance and here we are,”

Mi­randa said.

Brown, formerly a jour­nal­ist and now a com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor for the Town of Slave Lake, quickly hit it off with Mi­randa at a fundraiser for Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee on July 4, and then be­gan dat­ing shortly after. On Dec. 28, the two plan to tie the knot at Cal­gary’s Glen­bow Mu­seum.

ERIC GOODEN

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 will tie the knot at the Glen­bow Mu­seum in Cal­gary later in the month.

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