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The usually gala-shy Prime Minister Stephen Harper surprised and wowed party-goers at the National Arts Centre Saturday night by taking the stage, playing piano and singing The Beatles hit, With A Little Help From My Friends. He was accompanied by renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma. A Beatles fan, his singling voice was strong. Dressed casually in a dark blazer and dark shirt, he kept the tune but couldn't hit the high notes. He left those to the band that was also playing along with him. The Prime Minister received a standing ovation.

Last year at this time, Mr. Harper pooh-poohed galas, saying they were for the elites. Tonight was a totally different story. The NAC gala, which Laureen Harper chairs, helps raise money for youth and the arts. Can an election be far off?

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Jane Taber is a reporter at Queen’s Park. After spending three years reporting from the Atlantic, she has returned to Ontario and back to writing about her passion, politics. She spent 25 years covering Parliament Hill for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. More

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