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Stephen Harper names his cuddly cat

Cuddly cat photos may just be the secret weapon to win friends and influence people -- at least that's what Stephen Harper's latest Facebook page seems to suggest.

"We have a new family member, a grey tabby, what do you think he should be named?" Harper asked his 60,988 followers. The pictures of Harper's cat were a throwback to a photograph of Harper holding an orange kitten that became popular (as parody fodder) during the election. The anti-Harper website Shit Harper Did contrasted Harper’s political blunders with the image of the Prime Minister nuzzling a feline friend.

Photo sourced from The Daily Seagull.

With the Vancouver Canucks favoured to win the Stanley Cup, the name "Stanley" lead the poll, beating out "Smokie", "Vingt-quatre", "Earl Grey", "Griffin" and "Gandolph". 

In response to Harper's post, alternative fan pages have emerged, like “Name Stephen Harper’s kitten ‘DePape,’" after the 21-year-old senate page who interrupted the throne speech at Parliament Friday with a handmade 'Stop Harper' sign (she was later fired). 

In the war of dogs versus cats, Harper seems to align himself with the latter. The Prime Minister is known for his support in the Ottawa Humane Society's Foster Program. 

Stephen Harper was able to announce the name of the newest member of 24 Sussex drive on June 7th. 

"Stanley is the winning name! Thank you to those who voted. Stanley was adopted from the Ottawa Humane Society. We encourage everyone to adopt their animals from the many wonderful animal shelters across the country," Harper posted.  

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