On September 9, 2010, I had the honour of meeting a very important man, and possibly the most powerful man in Canada.
It all started one day when I was checking my email and received an invitation to a "BBQ," which I assumed would be outside. Usually, I ignore invitations to barbeques, or parties, as I don't like having a social life all that much, apparently. But this time, I could not ignore it, as the invitation specifically placed an emphasis on the fact that Prime Minister Harper would be in attendance. At this point, I was willing to go, and so I registered for the BBQ.
On the day of the BBQ, it was raining, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been at the University of Saskatchewan earlier in the day, making a funding announcement for the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, inside the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. He announced that there would be federal funding for renovations. I did try to attend, but was told to leave by campus security officials.
It all started off very well, and I made my way to Prairieland Park, where this supposed "BBQ" was being hosted.
This is where I felt very welcome:
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Once I walked through the registration area, there were a lot of people:
As it turns out, there were more people than I expected:
So, I walked around looking for people that I might know, and I didn't find anyone that I knew, as I seem to be the only "young" person interested in politics these days within my circle of friends.
But while I was there, I did see Global Saskatoon reporter Sherri Clark:
Eventually, I saw the Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, who manages three portfolios within the Government of Saskatchewan (Minister of First Nations and Métis Relations, Minister Responsible for Northern Affairs, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation)... as well as Saskatoon City Councillor Bev Dubois. They were both nice enough to let me take their picture:
Eventually, it was time to introduce the special guests, and that started with an address by Kelly Block, the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar:
Eventually, some very important people stepped out from behind the scenes:
Then, the special guest arrived! Yes! For the first time in my life, I would get to see a sitting prime minister for the first time, in person...
The man was making a very important speech, and I am glad I was there to listen, even if I cannot remember the entire speech today.
But as I watched the speech, this man kept looking towards my direction... even though he didn't do anything, I was paranoid:
Then, I saw Tom Lukiwski, the Member of Parliament for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre! When I asked him if I could take a picture, he said "Absolutely!" Then, his friend (to the right) stepped aside:
Then, his friend offered to take a picture of me and Tom:
And eventually, after Prime Minister Harper made his speech, we were given the opportunity to take our photos with him. So, as I waited in line, I met a woman who works for the Honourable Gerry Ritz, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for the Government of Canada. Eventually, when it was my turn, I went through eight security officials before being able to meet the Prime Minister of Canada. After the quick security check, I met with Mr. Harper for a quick moment, and told him about my crazy ideas as quickly as I could. However, I was only able to get one idea to him. But before I started my conversation with him, he complimented me on my t-shirt and said, "I see you've got the shirt."
Eventually, after getting my picture taken, I was given a card by the prime minister's photographer that looked like this:
So, later that night, I sent an email requesting that the photographer email me the photo with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper.
And on September 16, 2010, the photographer finally did just that, resulting in this wonderful picture:
Overall, this moment was probably the biggest moment of my life in recent history.
I'm Reverend Huy Dang and would like to thank you for taking the time to read my article.