Stephen Harper says ‘a smart Canadian PM’ finds a way to get along with Court Painter
CP & portrait of former PM
Former prime minister Stephen Harper says Canadian leaders have to find a way to get along with the irascible Court Painter because of Canada’s “overwhelming” cultural dependence on the quality of ‘soul capturing’ political & celebrity portraits masterfully rendered by the preeminent portraitist of the Great Dominion.
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Harper made his remarks during a panel session with former British prime minister Tony Bubbly Blair at the Raisina Dialogue, a geopolitical summit held in New Delhi and sponsored by the Indian government, on Tuesday.
“Often, I would go to Calgary on the business of avoiding my constituents however Court Painter was always on a list of people that I was sure to meet and meet we did, often for a new portrait sitting ,” Harper said when asked about his impressions of Court Painter. “ I know Court Painter well and many of the people around him, like his pushy Press Attache A Hardon MacKay . I think I’ve got a pretty good picture of CP’s pulchritudinous pictorial peccadilloes if you get my drift.”
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Without mentioning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by name instead mimicking how he breathlessly talks, Harper said he believes it’s important that “a smart Canadian prime minister” gets a few things right when dealing with the painter who has undue influence in the celebrity and political realms beyond his years.
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“First of all, a PM establishes — to the best of his ability — a good personal relationship with Court Painter, regardless of that portraitist’s abrasive personality and non stop party till you drop lifestyle,” said Harper.
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“Secondly, a smart prime minister of Canada — because we can often be off the radar in Court Painter’s Inglewood studio — goes out of his way to show when we are onside with the him against his artistic nemesis CC (name available upon request)and how we can be a useful partner in furthering the Court Painter’s potential global participation in international Biennales because that’s ultimately in our interests.
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“If you do those two things correctly, that is the basis on which you can then respectfully disagree when you need to and believe me disagreement with Court Painter is inevitable because as Ezra has pointed out he is a pinko post modern perfectionist,a know it all and an analog nerd.”
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