A robust Stephen Harper

Over the years we have seen pictures of Russian President Putin following vigorous outdoor pursuits.

Over the years we have seen pictures of Russian President Putin following vigorous outdoor pursuits; showing off his bare-chested physique while riding horses, swimming, building campfires, etc. These shirtless photos have seemingly gone over well with Russian voters; with Canada’s federal election only a year way, it may be the time for our prime minister to take a page from Putin’s photo album.

If we ever see Stephen Harper without his customary Ottawa suit, he’s either in some ill-fitting cowboy attire at the Calgary Stampede or dressed in his Canadian Olympic sweatshirt visiting the North. Never a hint of a well-toned muscular body, but some evidence of possible over-indulgence in waist-expanding donuts.

However, the ideal situation may have arisen with the long-awaited discovery of Captain Franklin’s ice-bound ship, in which Harper has shown a lot of interest.

Now he could dress in a wet suit and take the plunge into the waters off King William Island where the vessel is said to be located. Think of all the great pictures for the 2015 election campaign, for the electorate to see who is really Mr. Macho Man, and that young Liberal guy with the flowing tresses and boxing gloves would be beaten to the punch, so to speak.

Bernie Smith


Just Posted

Inspirational Parksville youngster Kaiden Finley dies after cancer battle

‘He was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Development cost charges considered to fund regional parks

DCCs to assist in funding land acquisitions and development

Parksville powerlifter qualifies for world championships

Buhler sets personal bests in both raw and equipped lifting events

Wires left dangling after van crashes into hydro pole in Dashwood

Road closed while BC Hydro crews dealt with situation

Police go on hunt for distracted drivers in Parksville Qualicum Beach

One motorist ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt and using a cellphone while driving

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

Prime Minister Trudeau comes campaigning in Nanaimo

A day after announcing a May 6 byelection date for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Justin Trudeau visits riding

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Most Read