A Blackfoot Elder, spiritual leader, and veteran spoke to the crowd. He blessed the new bridge. I have mixed feelings about injecting religion in an official ceremony. If a Catholic priest blessed the bridge, after speaking about his faith, I and others would probably object to mixing religion into an official government function this way. Regardless, it was appropriate to invite him to be part of the official opening as a representative of his people and as a veteran.
While walking down Stephen Avenue on June 25, 2007, I happened to see a bunch of media photographers hanging outside the Telus Convention Centre. So, I figured a VIP had to be coming or going fairly soon. I hung around in the area for a while, and then came Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He stopped and chatted a wee bit with the media, and then went inside. I was quite happy after getting a couple shots of him.