Stephen Harper makes cameo on TV mystery show

Posted Oct 16, 2010 by Lynn Curwin
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be making an appearance as a desk sergeant on the television series Murodch Mysteries.
Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper
Harper’s 90-second scene was filmed on Friday, when he and his daughter Rachel visited the set, in Toronto.
Both are reported to be fans of the show, which is a mystery program set in 1890s Toronto and viewed in more than 100 countries. The Shaftesbury Films production is based on the novels of Canadian author Maureen Jennings.
Shaftesbury Films chair and CEO Christina Jennings said Harper’s role contained references to hockey and he drew on his knowledge of the sports history to offer pointers to writers.
“There were a couple of notes that came back to us,” she told The Globe and Mail. “He was pointing out a couple of little bits of historical accuracy.”
Permission had to be obtained from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) for Harper to play the role, as he is not a member of the performers’ union.
Harper made a cameo appearance in the comedy Corner Gas in 2006.