It could have been a post-budget typo, or a cut-and-paste accident, but one government agency briefly rebranded the country "Harper Canada.''
A news release from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency that was posted online carried the all-caps headline: "HARPER CANADA INVESTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MUNICIPALITY OF ARGYLE."
Agency spokesman Alex Smith said it was simply an editing error, and was promptly corrected — to read "Harper government."
You know. This should bother me. But at the same time, I feel like maybe it's good to distinguish between Real Canada, and Canada under Harper's rule.
Harper Canada, isn't Canada.
It's just a phase Canada is going through. It's awkward. It's frustrating. It makes you want to scream most days.
But we all have terrible phases, and Canada shouldn't be judged for something temporary.
We, as Canadians, are as we've always been. Overly-apologetic, full of good humour and fond of the "ou" partnership in our vocabulary.
Someday, this phase will end, and occasionally we'll say things like "remember the Harper phase? Boy, I'm glad that's over."
Kind of like my Alvin & the Chipmunks phase from ages 2-18. I'm sure we're all glad that's over.