Command Performance

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government only found out by accident that former prime minister Stephen Harper was performing Sweet Caroline and  The Star Spangled Banner in a command musical performance at the White House next week in the midst of a looming trade war between Canada and the United States.

According to one senior official; Harper out of modesty didn’t mention the visit, bucking convention by not informing the Canadian government.

In addition to his usual rock & roll gigs ,Harper serenades often with international conservative leaders as chair of the International Democrat Union, an alliance of conservative and centre-right parties founded 35 years ago by Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, Germany’s Helmut Kohl and then-U.S. president George Bush Sr., among others.