Move over Australia, John Key has a new heart-felt love: Canada.
On his recent ‘heartland’ tour to discover what country folk thought, Key said he wanted to hear to the concerns of locals, and let them know who John Key was.
Never mind the only ones he could find on his 25 minute stop in Havelock were Canadians. They’ll do, because that’s evidently all he had time for. We’ve just been sent this from the Marlborough Express:
11.22am: There is no throng to meet [John Key]. Undeterred by the deserted street and perhaps forewarning there would be few people about, Mr Key and Kaikoura MP Colin King set off to press the flesh… They take in one pharmacy and cafe…
11.35am: Just when it looks like there is nothing left to do in town, the pair stroll over to a group of Canadian tourists & who don’t know who either of them are… It all changes as the tourists flock around Mr Key to shake his hand and get their photo taken. There is good natured banter.
11.47am: Time is getting on and the tourists have to get back to the business of being tourists and the National Party leader should leave for Nelson”
Nicely done John. You achieved your marketing mission for the day & sold yourself.
But some advice for next time: the best way to connect with Canadians is do a heartland tour in Canada. Maybe your mate Stephen could go along with you and share a few secrets on how he hid his right-wing agenda till he became PM?