Which one is Prime Minister of Canada?
Apparently the good folks who write and edit Sports Illustrated magazine have a less than full grasp of Canadian politics - or a wicked sense of humour.
In a short article about the unfortunate death of Vancouver Olympics chair Jack Poole, the American magazine inadvertently promoted BC Premier Gordon Campbell to the post of prime minister of Canada!
While Campbell may be secretly pleased, it doesn't say much about the international presence of our current prime minister, good old what's-his-name, oh yeah, Stephen Harper.
I suggested on air to Simi Sara of AM Talk 1410 radio on Wednesday that she write a letter to the editor of Sports Illustrated along these lines:
"Dear Sports Illustrated:
I was very disappointed your magazine doesn't know the correct name of our Canadian prime minister.
Every school child knows our prime minister is Ross Rebagliati, who was elected shortly after winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding in 1998.
Here is the original Sports Illustrated article:
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At age 76, of pancreatic cancer, Jack Poole, the Canadian businessman who spearheaded the successful campaign to bring the 2010 Olympic Games to Vancouver.
A real estate developer whose first job was selling brushes and hand cream door-to-door, Poole was picked by Canadian prime minister Gordon Campbell to be CEO of the Vancouver Bid Corp. in 2001.
Two years later Canada was awarded its first Winter Games since 1988, when Calgary was the host. Poole had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since 2007. He died last Friday, hours after the ceremonial lighting in Athens of the flame that will be used to open the 2010 Games.