'Little Gaga' Aragon sings for Harper

Stephen Harper found out Tuesday just why millions on YouTube and Lady Gaga herself went gaga for 10-year-old Winnipegger Maria Aragon.

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Stephen Harper found out Tuesday just why millions on YouTube and Lady Gaga herself went gaga for 10-year-old Winnipegger Maria Aragon.

The Conservative Party leader and his wife Laureen paid a visit  to the YouTube sensation at her modest home in a rough, west-central Winnipeg neighbourhood.

A gaggle of children on the corner gawked as the motorcade of black vehicles pulled into the narrow street.

Reporters, campaign staff and even the Harpers were politely asked to take off their shoes inside the Filipino-Canadian family's home.

The Conservative Party leader with Maria Aragon and his wife, Laureen. ((Dimitri Soudas/Conservative Party of Canada))
Aragon was dressed for the occasion in a silver skirt and white jacket. She seemed utterly relaxed as she sang the song that made her an Internet sensation, Lady Gaga's Born this Way. The pop star invited Aragon to her Toronto show last month after seeing her video.

The song itself is about being proud of who you are and carries a strong message against homophobia. The Harpers smiled as she sang, "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian transgendered life, I'm on the right track, baby I was born to survive."

Laureen Harper in particular seemed stirred by the petite girl's voice.

Harper congratulated Aragon on her performance.

"You've got a great voice, a wonderful voice," he told her.

"You're not going to beat that, you're not going to get this close to concert quality."

Harper sings Lennon classic

At the suggestion of a reporter, Harper agreed to take to the keys himself. He asked Aragon whether she knew any Beatles tunes. She only knew John Lennon's Imagine, and she sang the first verse in its higher register.

She then prodded Harper to take over the next verse, which he sang in a falsetto. "I'm going to get in trouble for that one," he remarked, as he got to the lyric, "No religion too."

As reporters filed out of the home, Harper offered to show Aragon how to play another Beatles tune.

A campaign staffer blocked journalists from asking Aragon's father whether he is a Conservative supporter.

Harper has apparently abandoned his former disdain for celebrities.

"Meeting celebrities isn't my schtick," Harper said in 2007 after refusing to meet U2 frontman Bono to discuss Third World aid.

"That was the schtick of the previous guy."

The Harpers had Canadian band Nickelback over to their home last May.