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15 Jan, 2019 13:35

Canadian minister’s water glass FROZEN SOLID at press conference

Canadian minister’s water glass FROZEN SOLID at press conference

Canada’s new Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan came face-to-face with the cold hard truth of the Canadian climate when he attempted to take a sip of water at a press conference, only to realize it had iced over.

A perplexed expression crossed O’Regan’s face as he lifted the glass and declared that the water was frozen solid, provoking laughter from the audience.

The incident took place during a press conference in Ottawa, a slippery start to O’Regan’s appointment as the indigenous services minister.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new appointee is already getting the cold shoulder from some of his constituents as well as other MP’s. Conservative MP Erin O’Toole called O’Regan’s appointment “quite a head scratcher,” adding that indigenous Canadians “will be concerned.

O’Regan’s less-than-warm welcome is in part due to controversial comments he has made, such as comparing his experience of leaving journalism to that of a soldier taking off his uniform for the final time.

Ottawa’s notoriously brutal winters can reach lows of -20F (-29C), keeping Canadians, including their politicians, on thin ice.

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