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article imageRumors of Iron Lady's Death 'Greatly Exaggerated'

By Bob Gordon     Nov 11, 2009 in Politics
Last evening at the True Patriot Love Inaugural Tribute held in the Convention Center The rumors of the Iron Lady's death, were greatly exaggerated.
The True Patriot Love Foundation was established in June 2009 by business and community leaders dedicated to raising funds for programs to improve the well-being and morale of Canadian military personnel and their families, and honoring their selfless service.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered an address on Tuesday at the True Patriot Love Inaugural Tribute in support of the Canadian Forces and their families:
We know in our hearts that we owe our freedom, democracy and prosperity to the millions of Canadians who have kept our True North strong and free for over two centuries. I commend this noble initiative which will augment the support provided to our military men and women and their families.
There was a heightened sense of pomp and circumstance throughout the Convention Centre provided by the attendance of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
However, according to Globe and Mail columnist Joan Bryden the real story happened long before Harper spoke, half way through dinner. Suddenly, smart phones began to vibrate and buzz with the news proclaiming Thatcher was dead.
In Ottawa, party functionary Dimitri Soudas was ordered to confirm the news with the palace and embassies and to start preparing an official statement. Soudas quickly discovered his counterparts had no idea what he was talking about and convinced him the Iron Lady was still alive.
Only 10 minutes later the air cleared. Corrective messages slowly filtered in to the Convention Centre explaining the fatality was Transport Minister John Baird's 16-year-old cat named Thatcher.
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