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The cigarettes are in the cabinet?
Quick quiz: The politician puffing away in this photo is…
a) Going to be grounded if her mom catches her smoking again…
b) Not likely to be the first stop on “Take Your Child to Parliament Day”
c) The star of a one-woman stage tribute to legendary musician Roy Orbison
d) A senior Canadian cabinet minister
Congratulations if you guessed d). She is the International Cooperation Minister for Canada. Really.
“You’ve been a valuable member of the party, and we want to offer you a big title. Would you like to be the finance minister, the defense minister, the…”
“Uh, do you have a ministry that comes with frequent cigarette breaks, please?”
Top and right: Canada’s International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda smokes a cigarette on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Left: Roy Orbison
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