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Tragedie, accident, pierdere

Stephen Harper was visiting a Regina primary school and the class was
in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The
teacher asked Mr. Harper if he would like to lead the discussion on
the word ‘Tragedy’.

So our illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a
‘Tragedy’. A little boy stood up and offered:

“If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playin’ in the field and a
tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy.”

“Incorrect,” said Harper, “that would be an accident.”

A little girl raised her hand: “If a school bus carrying fifty
children drove over a cliff, killing everybody inside, that would be a

“I’m afraid not,” explained Harper, “that’s what we would refer to as
a great loss.”

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Harper searched
the room. “Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a

Finally, at the back of the room, little Geno raised his hand and
said, “If a plane carrying you and Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton and
Mr. Duceppe were struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile & blown to
smithereens, that would be a tragedy.”

“Fantastic!” exclaimed Harper, “And can you tell me why that would be
a tragedy?”

“Well,” said Geno, “it has to be a tragedy, because it certainly
wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be a accident,