The sub-Prime Minister Era (1)

August 22/2016

Former prime minister Stephen Harper is expected to resign his seat in Parliament in the week ahead. Harper, 57, resigned as leader of the Conservative party on election night in October after losing big time to his nemesis Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.

Since then, the Calgary Heritage MP has snuck in and out of the House of Commons, casting 99 votes. He has not spoken a single word in Parliament. He has not spoken at committee meetings or sponsored any legislation. He continues to collect the base MP salary of $170,400.

During the latter years of sub Prime Minister Harpers leadership, Court Painter was a constant brush wielding presence as the preeminent political portraitist of the Great Dominion. This era of sub prime political shenanigans was a constant inspiration to Court Painter and for this he is internally grateful and financially poorer.

This seems like excellent timing to roll out in series form, the results of Court Painters feverous and prodigious painterly pontifications on a reign that in the words of Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour expressed in summary:

We really cannot have another four years of government by a sadistic Victorian schoolmaster.

Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827), Self-Portrai in his Peale Museum, Philadelphia 1822 - Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art - Homa Nasab's Museology

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Protect My Ass

Steve & Promotion

That;s what friends are for

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The war room

zero tolerance

Vanitas

the Fixer

The Exaggerators

Talking Point

subPrime & Spike

steve 3 alone

Steve & Wayne

Steve & keyboard

Steve at keyboard

the band

The Sunshine Duet

Richard Rodgers (at piano), Gertrude Lawrence, and Oscar Hammerstein (right) appear on the CBS "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" on September 16, 1951. Copyright ©1951 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive. This image cannot be archived, sold, leased or shared.

Rehearsal 2

seance

Security Over Risk

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onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

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singalong

Sober Thoughts

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