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Prime Minister Harper Performs with Yo-Yo Ma at Gala

What fun! And what a great sport our prime minister is!

Harper performed with a little help from his wife

Jessica Leeder and Jane Taber
From Monday's Globe and Mail Sunday, Oct. 04, 2009 10:02PM EDT

The architect of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's surprise concert performance with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma at an Ottawa gala Saturday was not a Conservative spin doctor, campaign strategist or image consultant.

The executive producer credit goes to his wife, Laureen, who was the honorary chair of the event and says there was “no big strategic thinking” behind his vocal rendition of the Beatles' anthem, With a Little Help from My Friends.

“I just thought it would be a fun surprise. When was the last time you were shocked? I wanted people to be surprised,” she said.
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