INUVIK, N.W.T. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper: So you think you can dance?I bet the PM was more authentic and did a lot better than Iffy's dance at Caribana in Toronto earlier in the this summer.
While he may not be trading in his suits for a shot at reality fame any time soon, the Conservative leader is apparently not shy about busting the odd move.
Three days into his week-long Arctic visit, Harper stole the show on Wednesday evening with an impromptu dance as aboriginals beat drums and sang traditional songs.
Apparently he was quite a hit with the locals and had a good time.
Around 300 people packed into a stuffy recreation centre in Inuvik, NWT on Wednesday night, waiting for a glimpse of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Our PM obviously can let his hair down, enjoy himself and have some fun and can relate with regular people because he is a regular guy. He's a Tim Hortons, Walmart middle class kind of person. Neither he nor his wife were born with silver spoons in their mouths. He and Lorraine knows what it's like to work hard, and pay the bills because they have lived in the real world. It's quite different with Iffy, where it's actually an effort to try to blend in. and connect. He can't do it, he just pretends, because he's just too much of an elite.
While he was having private meetings, the Inuvik Drummers and Dancers entertained the crowd, warming up for their turn in front of the PM.
Restless children entertained themselves with video games, while some fanned paper plates to stir up some fresh air.
Finally, Harper arrived, shaking hands with elders and children alike, before making his way to the front of the room.
For a few minutes he gamely watched the dancers perform, until Lillian Elias issued an invitation.
"Our tradition is that we invite everybody to join us when it is time for us to have a dance, a freestyle dance," said Elias, 67, who has been dancing about 10 years.
Health Minister Leona Agluuykak, who is from Inuvik, was first to her feet, joining a growing crowd preparing to the gentle beat of a drum.
Seconds later, Harper rose.
He accepted a pair of traditional cowhide and beaver fur gloves, and as the drumbeats picked up he shyly swayed and bounced.
But as the community closed in and their shouts grew louder, Harper grew bolder.
He crouched and shimmied, adding his voice to the chorus.
At the end, wild applause and a high five from one of the dancers.
I think PM Harper should relax and let his hair down more often. He deserves it.