There’s something to be said for getting along with people even if you don’t agree with them.
Seriously, you can get stuff done that way. Just saying…
Not that having your picture taken with someone proves much in that regard, as Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, would be the first to tell you. Or his lawyer, anyway, who recently informed the Globe and Mail: “Say somebody says,
‘Here, take a picture,’ and it’s in front of a certain location. You have no idea that location may be involved in something illegal or improper, allegedly, that type of thing. You as an innocent party have a photo taken. So where does that put you? It puts you as an innocent party.”
Mr. Ford’s legal counsel, of course, was referring to a certain notorious snapshot of His Honour with some fellows in front of the alleged scene of a crime, or something, but I’ll concede his point. Still, I’m pretty sure all the people in the photos that appear in this blog post knew with whom they were having their photos taken, and it helped in every case that nothing illegal or improper, that type of thing, was going on in the background.
Nevertheless, it must be stated, I suppose, that agreement to appear in a photo does not constitute an endorsement of any particular person in any particular situation – a bumpy Alberta lane that runs two ways, metaphorically speaking, in this case.
Alison Redford, the Progressive Conservative premier of Alberta, was only flipping pancakes at the Legislature’s K-Days breakfast last Thursday and answering the occasional mean question about one of her MLAs from the professional reporters in attendance, although not from this blogger, who was focused on getting the excellent free breakfast. Other MLAs, although not the one who had aroused the journalists’ curiosity, were nearby scrambling, though nothing more sinister than farm-fresh, supply-managed Alberta eggs.
Danielle Smith was just about to be outed (by me) as the candidate for the Wildrose Party’s leadership when this long-ago photo was taken. There have been some other similar photos of the two of us since, but none of them do either of us any favours. Ms. Smith has offered to have a new and better shot taken, or so her press secretary advises me, and I’ll be delighted to take her up on this, and even to show up with my beard trimmed.
Raj Sherman, leader of the Alberta Liberals, is the subject of the only portrait-with-a-politician from my vast collection in which anyone was wearing a feather boa at the time the camera snapped. So who could say no to that?
And Brian Mason, leader of the Alberta New Democrats, was in his office when this shot was taken, already thinking about the NDP video for the Legislative Press Gallery’s Christmas gala – and it’s a very entertaining idea, if I say so myself, at least if he sticks with the one I suggested….
I’d be prepared to bet money that at least one of the four folks who consented to have their picture taken with me – a blogger they knew has taken some shots of the non-photographic variety at every one of them – will be the premier of Alberta after 2016! Although in the business of political prognostication, even that prediction is not fully guaranteed!
All this is a long way of saying that it’s possible to get along with people without necessarily agreeing with them about every single thing or never speaking up when you disagree. As noted, that skill can be a key to getting things done.
And even if you don’t accept with that sensible proposition, hey, everybody’s got to have a hobby!
NOTE TO READERS: I have to be on the road for a few days, so I may be slow in posting comments on this post. If so, it’s likely a problem of technology and time management, not censorship. That said, the many comments that appear offering links to online handbag sales, bank fraud scams and worse will be declared to be spam, as is my usual practice.