There wasn't a single hockey-related story from 2011 I found more amusing than Prime Minister Stephen Harper's attempt to get tickets for the Winnipeg Jets home opener. The outcry over a report that Harper had requested 14 tickets to the game (and only been given two, in such high demand were they) was hilarious, as was the ancillary outcry that he might not have to pay full price out of his own pocket like everybody else.
The notion that the Prime Minister of Canada's attempt to score primo Jets tickets was an abuse of power makes me laugh even now. In case it wasn't already obvious, Canada, my country of origin, takes its hockey pretty seriously.
Of course, that's exactly why Harper, the leader of Canada's Conservative Party, had to be at that game. Missing the Jets home opener would have run contrary to the hockey-obsessed persona that Harper and his political strategists have been constructing for him for years.
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