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The Week in Review: In Defence of Living Vicariously through Stephen Harper's Twitter Feed

Posted: 02/03/2013 8:28 am

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave us a taste of his everyday life, tweeting out photos and videos of himself doing the normal human being stuff, like breakfasting alongside his pet cat Stanley and lunching at his desk with a Diet Coke for a companion (no vanilla spice soy lattes here) -- a calculated move to appear more approachable, perhaps, but I've got to say, it's hard not to like a guy who comes home at the end of a long day and takes time out to warmly greet his pet chinchilla. Maybe we're a little too obsessed with the mundanities of well-known people's daily existences (Kate Middleton's shopping trip to the Gap to pick up some jeggings this week was so well covered and so well read about, you'd think she'd declared war on a small African country), but the instinct to want to know what it's like to walk in another person's shoes isn't a bad one. It breeds empathy and broadens minds about how to live well -- be it in a $12-million mansion or a 45-sq. foot 1987 Dodge Ram Prospector.

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  • Breakfast With Stanley

  • Heading To The Office

  • On The Road

  • First Meeting Of The Day

  • Chatting With MP Greg Kerr. "Wished Him A Speedy Recovery"

  • Hard At Work

  • Lunchtime!

  • Briefing With Government House Leader Peter Van Loan

  • High Five!

  • Meeting With Leader of the Government in the Senate Marjory LeBreton

  • Headed To House Of Commons

  • Q & A In QP

  • Answering A Question In QP

  • 'Scuse Me!

  • Chatting With Defence Minister Peter MacKay

  • Meeting With Devil's Brigade Veterans

  • Checking In With Ministers, Senior Staff

  • "Still Going..."

  • "Debriefing with Nigel"

  • Getting Ready To Head Home

  • Reading In The Car Ride Home

  • Congratulating Japanese PM Shinzo Abe On His Recent Election Win

  • Welcomed Home By Wife Laureen And Charlie Their Chinchilla

  • Writing A Bit Before Calling It A Night

 

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