Happy new year! Oops.
February 19, 2008 | 03:40 PM
Politicians shaking hands and making chit-chat with campaign workers is part of the job these days. It makes for good photo-ops and helps rally the troops before sending them out to knock on doors or put up campaign signs.
But it's probably a good idea to never assume anything when you're trying to make small talk.
Witness this exchange between Tory Leader Ed Stelmach and a volunteer on Monday at an Edmonton campaign stop:
Stelmach: Hi, how are you?
Worker: Fine, thank you sir.
Stelmach: So, is it already past, uh, the new year?
Worker: Of course, well, yeah, I'm not Chinese but I'm Filipino.
Stelmach: You're Filipino….
Listen to audio of the exchange here.