Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, recently adopted a kitten from the Ottowa Humane Society.
Then, in a truly democratic move, he decided to let the public name the cat. Fans of Harper’s Facebook page were asked to vote for one of six names: Smokie, Vingt-quatre, Stanley, Earl Grey, Griffin and Gandalf. One soon became the clear favorite.
“Stanley is the winning name! Thank you to those who voted,” Harper announced on Facebook in June. “
On Friday, Harper posted the below video of Stanley to his Google+ page. But Stanley isn’t the only homeless pet to
benefit from Harper’s advocacy: The PM is a longtime cat foster parent who has sections on his official website about fostering pets and pet adoption (including a weekly featured adoptable pet). To which we can only say, Go, Canada!
Tell us: Would knowing a politician adopted a pet help sway your vote?
See the news stories about Stanley:
CBS News Canada: Harpers’ cat named Stanley after Facebook poll
Calgary Herald: Stephen Harper’s cat: Stanley it is
Toronto Sun: Harper Names Kitten “Stanley”
More about celebrity adopters: