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When a prime minister can’t even go into a pub without attacks

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When Stephen Harper was prime minister, he popped into The Prescott tavern in Ottawa's Little Italy neighbourhood for one of their famous meatball sandwiches. He wasn't massively popular at the time, but no business suffered for welcoming the prime minister into its establishment.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured two weeks ago with Lone Oak Brewery Pub staff in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Photograph courtesy of Facebook

When Stephen Harper was prime minister, he popped into The Prescott tavern in Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood for one of their famous meatball sandwiches. The photo of a smiling Harper, pictured on Jan. 25, 2013, with 12 Prescott employees, still hangs on a wall inside one of the oldest watering holes in the city. Harper wasn’t massively popular at the time, but The Prescott also wasn’t chased out of town for welcoming the prime minister of Canada, who posted the photo on his Twitter account.

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