06/05/2011 08:42 EDT | Updated 08/05/2011 05:12 EDT

Harper's Cat-Naming Contest Captivates Facebook


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - Only a month after the federal election Prime Minister Stephen Harper is headed back to the polls -- to help name his new cat.

Harper posted a note on his official Facebook page asking people to pick a name for his family's new grey tabby.

The options include "Stanley," "Smokie" and "Gandalf."

The Harpers are known cat lovers and supporters of a foster program at the Ottawa Humane Society.

They have provided foster care to numerous cats in the past at 24 Sussex Drive.

The poll closes on Monday.

"Happy to have a new Harper at 24, he's a grey tabby and needs a name, vote for your favourite," the Facebook post said.

People who posted comments offered their own name suggestions, including "Majority," "Tory" and "Canuck."