Cabinet minister plays oboe in symphony orchestra

Jim Carr is Canada’s Federal Minister of Natural Resources.

Last week he went back to his first job, 50 years ago – as an oboist in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Video report here.

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  • Yes! Finally: a politician who can prove his genuine connection with music and be a role model. He is not the only one – pace Edward Heath, Helmut Schmidt… But there are fewer and fewer of them, especially in this side of the Atlantic.

  • Don’t forget, we did have Condoleeza Rice, who is a fairly competent pianist, if not the “coulda had a career” that some like to suggest.

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