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'Tim Hortons PM' Harper rings up doughnut shop bill

On the day of the federal election, prime minister Stephen Harper's campaign in Calgary Southwest spent $628.02 at Tim Hortons.

The figure is included under “miscellaneous expenses” in Harper's campaign information and declaration filed with Elections Canada.

It is unclear from Harper's disclosure what was bought at Tim's on Oct. 14, 2008. Despite the availability of healthier options, the chain does remain best known for doughnuts and coffee.

In 2006 Mcleans magazine dubbed Harper “The Tim Hortons Prime Minister” because of his ordinariness, noting that his campaign had “a Tim Hortons aesthetic.”

Harper's Calgary Southwest campaign spent $61,102 on allowable election expenses, about two-thirds of the limit in the riding.

The Conservative Party spent $19.4 million nationally on election expenses, including nearly $2.5 million for Harper's tour of the country.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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