With all the new faces in Canadian federal politics, I started wondering what kind of patio furniture would best represent the powers that be in our fair land; you know that old saying, ‘What a man puts outside for people to see, says more about what he’s got on the inside.’
(Ok, I just made that up, but it might just as well be true, since we believe a bunch of other nonsense, like that clothes make the man, etc. You’re just going to have to trust me on this)
So what kind of patio furniture statement would our Federal Leaders in Ottawa project?
Stephen Harper of course is a breeze; something simple, well made, not too flashy and moderately comfortable without being particularly stylish. You get the impression that a bus stop bench and some overturned apple baskets would be ideal if only a little cumbersome.
For recently chosen NDP Leader Nycole Turmel, her patio sets a triumphant mood with soft, plush, brightly colored cushions atop sleek, Italian designed chairs, tables and lanterns that welcomes and impresses all at once, and says she’s arrived on the big stage and is ready to soiree.
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae likely favors a traditional, darkly stained wicker set, complete with chairs, loveseat and tables that provide a rugged and durable solution to the harsh Canadian winters with the warmth of its enduring nostalgia; nothing says you’re laying down roots like furniture made of roots.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Daniel Paillé offers a decidedly more European touch with sturdy, metallic furniture including chairs, tables and sun canopies in pastel shades that scream 1960’s suave without the subtitles and brands of soft drinks you’ve never heard of like ‘Branto.’
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May makes a more relaxed statement, opting for the tranquility of hammocks, bean bag chairs and candles, with plenty of greenery and flowers that highlights the surroundings without cluttering the space or marring the scenery and is perfect for Tantric Yoga or bachelorette parties.
And there you have it; five patio styles that offer a penetrating and comprehensive insight into the psyches and characters of our Federal political leaders in Ottawa, men and women whose decisions are shaping our nation and whose patios and more importantly, their possible patio furniture, may well be the very environments in which those decisions are made.
I’d like to think they’re made in truly Canadian fashion; in comfort and style.