As Speaker of Alberta’s legislature, Nathan Cooper is known for his passion for parliamentary procedure. He’s also developed a reputation for having a solid sense of humour.
Perhaps it comes as little surprise then, as he introduced the newest member to the venerable office: a cute kitten.
“Order order !!!” Cooper tweeted Thursday. “Meet #hansard the Speaker new cat.”
Order order !!! Meet #hansard the Speaker new cat. #ableg pic.twitter.com/x807MJVoaE— Nathan Cooper (@NathanCooperAB) August 4, 2022
With the announcement, he posted an image of a feisty black and white kitty mid-meow posed atop the Speaker’s chair.
Hansard, of course, is the official report of what is said in the provincial legislature, as well as the House of Commons in Ottawa and other legislative buildings across the country.
The United Conservative Party MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills is now in his second term in the job, essentially playing impartial referee during debates and votes.
Still, some members weren’t impressed with Cooper’s unilateral edict to bring in the new, unelected member.
How was said cat chosen? Oregano has questions about fairness and transparency 😐— Janis Irwin (@JanisIrwin) August 4, 2022
While even dog lovers were on board.
I don’t even like cats and I’m excited about this. https://t.co/J8fZVXIqRj— Michaela Frey, MLA (@michaelaglasgo) August 4, 2022
Naturally, a Twitter account was promptly created.
Will I get in more trouble when @NathanCooperAB finds out I have my own Twitter account or when he finds out I already scratched the legs of the Speaker’s chair? #ableg— Hansard the Cat (@theablegcat) August 4, 2022
And is seeking advice from some expert politicats.
Hey Larry @Number10cat , I need a mentor. You available? #ableg— Hansard the Cat (@theablegcat) August 4, 2022