The man whose loping gait and prominent chin once made
easy targets for Ontario's editorial cartoonists returned to the legislature
yesterday, this time in search of a more flattering portrait.
Mike Harris, who stepped down as premier some 18 months
ago, was spotted admiring the portraits of his predecessors as
he strode purposefully down the carpeted halls of Queen's Park.
It's government tradition that portraits of former premiers hang in
the halls of the legislature; Harris -- who's due for
one of his own -- said he wanted to look
"I'm looking to pick an artist to paint my portrait;
that's it," a visibly peeved Harris told the throng of
reporters and cameras that gathered around him, perhaps out of
Liberal Finance Minister Greg Sorbara offered some advice to the
province's former leader.
"He should choose a very conservative painter because he was
a very conservative premier and we'll make sure that it's
hung in a very conservative place in the building," Sorbara
In fact, when the portrait is complete, it'll hang right
next to the door to the cabinet office, where a
towering painting of former premier Bob Rae hung for most
of Harris's time in office.