A throng of children on the corner curiously stared as the convoy of black vehicles pulled into a narrow street in west-central Winnipeg.
The VIP passengers then stepped out from of the vehicles and proceeded to the modest home of YouTube singing sensation 10-year-old Maria Aragon.
It turned out that it was the Prime Minister himself Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen who came to visit Aragon’s home Tuesday, where, for the start they were politely asked to take off their shoes once inside the host’s home.
Aragon who was dressed in a silver skirt and white jacket, performed in front of Harper and company by singing Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way.” The song which pertains to being proud of who you are, made Aragon an Internet sensation and even earned for her an invitation from Lady Gaga herself to her Toronto show last month.
The prime minister congratulated Aragon on her performance while Laureen Harper seemed impressed by the petite girl’s voice.
Afterwards Harper asked Aragon for any Beatles piece for which the girl promptly sang the first verse of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Harper took over the next verse which he has to sing in falsetto as Aragon initially put the song in its highest tune.
Harper has apparently abandoned his former disdain for celebrities. In 2007 he refused to meet U2 frontman Bono to discuss Third World aid.