Clothes and the politician

A “needless concession” a few years ago is today a political necessity, only the victims have changed.

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Tim Uppal becomes minister of state for multiculturalism in July 2013, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks on.
Gar Pardy
Published: Wednesday, 04/15/2015 12:00 am EDT

The prime minister is not recognized for his sartorial splendor. Even when, a few years ago, he experimented with a sweater, the reaction was one of amusement rather than his sense of style. It was reminiscence of an old cartoon standard—putting tutus on pigs. Only in retrospect is that faded humour apparent. For the most part Mr. Harper is a student of Mackenzie King in dress matters, and with the success of the latter, who is to quibble about his sartorial decisions.

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