Premier given rough ride as host of first pancake breakfast
“It’s not a bomb — it’s a pie!”
That was the cry from a soufflé-schlepping activist as she was wrestled to the ground yesterday morning by Alberta sheriffs after attempting to pie Premier Ed Stelmach while he dished out pancakes during the annual Premier’s Stampede breakfast at the McDougall Centre.
The female protester heckled Stelmach earlier in the morning, citing the “homelessness in Canada’s richest city” and lack of affordable housing as he addressed a smaller-than-usual crowd at the breakfast — his first as premier.
The pie-toting protester wasn’t able to break through the tight security surrounding Stelmach, opting instead to land her cream creation on an unsuspecting member of the premier’s security detail.
Details of the type of pie were sketchy, though conflicting reports have the pie as either banana cream or chocolate cream.
“I’m sure all Calgarians find it disappointing. … It’s unfortunate, but when you have so many people and the media attracted to the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth, some tend to find this as a perfect opportunity to demonstrate in such a manner,” Stelmach said later outside the University of Calgary when asked about the incident during a funding announcement.
Stelmach said he didn’t see the events unfold, adding, “I had my eyes on the pancakes — and continued to keep them there.”
The premier added his security team had warned of potential “copycat” attempts — reminiscent of former premier Ralph Klein’s pie in the face in 2003, which netted a man 30 days in jail.
Peaceful affordable housing protesters outside the downtown breakfast described the woman taken into custody as “a nice girl who is just very concerned about social injustice.”
Lily Phan, 29, of Calgary was arrested and charged with mischief and assaulting a peace officer.