Who would have known!
Stephen Harper and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – the best of fishin’ buddies.
Not something Harper wants the world to know.
The pair went on a fishing trip last month on Harper’s private lake north of Ottawa.
We found out because Harper showed up as a surprise guest at a big BBQ in Ford’s backyard in Toronto last week – a private party for Conservatives.
What Harper didn’t count on was that one of the guests taped the whole thing and put it up on YouTube.
The video reveals Harper announcing that Ford gave him a lot of help in the last election, enough for Harper to grab enough seats in Toronto to win a majority.
“Many of you may remember,” Harper says, “Rob endorsed us in the election. That helped a lot.”
Harper goes on: “Rob is doing something very important that needs to be done here. He is cleaning up the NDP mess here in Toronto, so that’s great.”
Then Harper explains that both men are working to help elect provincial Conservative Tim Hudak so they can score “a Conservative hat-trick.”
None of that was supposed to come out publicly. Nobody told Harper he was being taped.
Journalists discovered later that the two men went fishing July 20 on Harrington Lake, located north of Ottawa.
The Province of Québec requires out-of-province anglers such as Harper and Ford to take out one-day fishing licences before they drop their lines into the water.
First, unregistered guns. Now unregistered fishing gear. Hey, who cares?
Harper told guests that Ford caught “some good-sized fish.” One was 39 centimetres. Harper measured it. Nice size, but they threw it back.
Harper had the video taken off YouTube.
You can do things like that when you’re prime minister and you don’t want people knowing who your fishin’ buddies are. . . . or if you might be caught fishing without a licence.arpe3r’s Hah