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airbus320 Jul 24, 01 7:34 am

Canadian Celebrity Sightings
There is a long discussion in Miles Buzz about celebrity sightings on the aircraft and in airports. I was musing about a Canadian version...
A few years ago, Jean Charest came on board and proceded to the economy section of a YUL-YYZ flight. A few minutes later, he moved forward to J class on the invitation of a FA.
Clyde Wells was my seatmate on a flight from YHZ-YYR. He seemed like a nice guy.

InTheAirGuy Jul 24, 01 7:39 am

I recently flew YOW-YYZ next to John Ralston Saul...the gov. gen'l's husband. RCMP escorted him to the plane, met him in Toronto. Nice chap, but he's a bleedin' socialist commie leftie, so I didn't chat with him.

An A/C pilot friend of mine reported that he flew Britney Spears once, and yes, a) she was in J, and b) yes, they're real (or so he said, based on his observations...

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After Burner Jul 24, 01 8:01 am

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Jean Charest</font>

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">John Ralston Saul</font>

FlyerAl Jul 24, 01 8:07 am

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by InTheAirGuy:
I recently flew YOW-YYZ next to John Ralston Saul...the gov. gen'l's husband. RCMP escorted him to the plane, met him in Toronto. Nice chap, but he's a bleedin' socialist commie leftie, so I didn't chat with him.</font>
Oh, how I'd love to sit next to him someday and argue - I mean discuss - politics

Shareholder Jul 24, 01 9:49 am

Fly front cabin between YYZ and YOW and you are sure to run into a cabinet minister or three, a gaggle of Senators, and a coven of otherwise unknown MPs. Had Herb Grey sleeping behind me on July 1st flying up to YOW, John Manley down the aisle two week's earlier. Each travels with one or more flunkies (oops, EAs) who also travel front cabin.

As for celebrities, try the YYC-LAX route, again in the front cabin. On my second last MHD I shared a seat [and conversation] with Rob Lowe of WEST WING. Great conversation given the role he plays on that show, and the polling I do, plus past careers I've had in ministerial/deputy ministerial offices in Ottawa. Two weeks later it was Beau Bridge's wife, daughter and mother flying back from a father's day weekend with him in Calgary where he was shooting a feature. Talked to his mother about late husband Lloyd, as we deplaned.

Dorian Jul 24, 01 9:55 am

Joe Clark & daughter multiple times. Don't mind seeing his daughter...that is for sure!!


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NoahVail Jul 24, 01 11:38 am

Does Stockwell Day count anymore (FlyerAl's vote doesn't count)? He and his wife sat across the aisle from me in late April from YWG-YYZ. It was kind of interesting as it was at the beginning of the leadership crisis and his picture was on the front pages of both the Globe and the Post. Lots of double takes from pax newspapers to seat 3D.


Ken hAAmer Jul 24, 01 11:45 am

Too many to count, years ago on YVR-LAX. Closest "encounter" was sitting next to David Duchovny.

Academic Jul 24, 01 11:54 am

Do I take it that the only Canadian "celebrities" are politicians? The only non-politico types in the list so far are American celebrities spotted by Canadians
Maybe all the others fly on US carriers.

After Burner Jul 24, 01 12:02 pm

Maybe all the others fly on US carriers.

Yes. Probably because they all live in the US.

Shareholder Jul 24, 01 12:12 pm

I have always held the view that in Canada, politics is the equivilent of the entertainment industry [in the US], and thus most of our celebrities tend to be politicians. We see them every night on the news, their pictures dominate the pages of our newspapers. We have very few celeb magazines as they do in the US. So it is only natural to take this view.

And anyhow, we all know that home bred celebrities who earn their livings in Canada cannot afford to fly in the front cabin, and most of us upgrade so eschew the back. But I did ride in the back one time to Winnipeg from Edmonton many years back and sat next to kd lang. In those days, very few people knew who this "odd" looking person was, though I had been to a few of her local shows around Edmonton and we chatted about everything except beef. And I did post my near-death experience with Jane Sibbery at LGA.

Recall a conversation in the old Empress Club at YEG with Rebecca Jenkins, just after she had done her audition for Ann Wheeler's "Bye Bye Blues". And Peter Gzowski and I were often confused for one another by EC receptionists until they looked at my boarding card. [Well, I with Peter, not sure about he with me.]

And then there was the morning spent with Jan Arden and her group waiting for a flight to YYZ in the North Empress Club at YYC. Talk about comedy routines!

Back on the political track, Preston was a regular siting in that same EC through the 90s.

But returning to celebs, now that I live in Toronto I see just about all of them out on the street, either on film shoots or just walking about. Recall chatting with Don McKeller the morning I was heading for Richard Branson's press conference at Harbourfront.

Ken hAAmer Jul 24, 01 12:13 pm

OK, Graham Greene.

I don't remember exactly when (a long time ago) or on what route. But Canadian nonetheless.

ALW Jul 24, 01 12:15 pm

I sat next to Liona Boyd YYZ-LAX (which puts it at probably March or April of '99). And diagonally opposite David Cronenberg LAX-YYZ (maybe even the next flight).

There were a lot of politicians when I flew YOW-YYZ-YVR on Friday of Victoria Day weekend (makes sense, Parliament wasn't sitting the next week): Anne McLellan, Randy White, Jason Kenney, many others. Of course one of the many Alliance crises was taking place, and the YYZ MLL was a real hotbed of intrigue! Also Allan Rock in YOW MLL on the Monday.

I guess seeing Alliance members when I go in and out of the office (Wellington Building) doesn't count? Saw Stockwell Day in line outside Ishtar on Sparks Street at lunch one day last fall.


AC*SE Jul 24, 01 12:24 pm

Sat with Jennifer Dale, Peter Gsowski and Eric Petersen in the MLL.

Brian Mulroney was a regular between LGA and YUL when I was living in NYC.

CoachClass Jul 24, 01 12:57 pm

Mel Gibosn last year.

CoachClass Jul 24, 01 12:58 pm

Mel Gibson last year.

(Oops, my bad spelling corrected!)

YYZ Jul 24, 01 1:22 pm

Scott Reeves (Ryan from Young & the Restless). Didn't talk... he was in Y and I was sitting in J. LAX to YYZ route.

Goldlust Jul 24, 01 2:24 pm

If you will forgive my ignorance but:

a) My knowledge of the famous people of your great country is sadly still limited.
b) I do not really have very much knowledge with regards to celebrities (would rather be one than knowing of those who are).

Therefore, who is:
[list=1][*]Jean Charest?[*]Clyde Wells?[*]Herb Grey?[*]John Manley?[*]Rob Lowe (is that an actor?)?[*]Stockwell Day?[*]Liona Boyd?[*]David Cronenberg?[*]Anne McLellan?[*]Randy White?[*]Jason Kenney?[*]Alan Rock?[*]Jennifer Dale?[*]Peter Gsowski?[*]Eric Petersen?[*]Brian Mulroney?[/list=a]

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FlyerAl Jul 24, 01 2:34 pm

Stockwell Day - leader of the Canadian Alliance Party - is Canada's Leader of the Official Opposition. In our parlimentary system, the political party that wins the second largest number of seats gets to form the Official Opposition.

I had the pleasure of meeting him and Mrs. Day at a Canadian Alliance rally in November. (Unfortunately it didn't take place on board an Air Canada flight )

NoahVail: everyone's vote counts in a democracy Therefore I'm nominating him as Canada's celebrity of the year. Thanks to 13 horrible cowboy Alliance MPs (who should be expelled IMO), Stockwell Day is now "the Prime Minister who could've been" as opposed to "Future Prime Minister".

Academic Jul 24, 01 2:52 pm

Although I'm no fan of Chretien or the whole Liberal government, the prospect of Stockwell Day as PM (however remote), chills my soul. Although, I'm sure that he George W have a lot in common.

FlyerAl Jul 24, 01 3:04 pm

I'm a huge fan of George W!

AC*SE Jul 24, 01 3:56 pm


1. Leader of the Opposition of the Province of Québec. Former Minister of State for Youth under Brian Mulroney (infra)
2. Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador. Former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
3. Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
4. Minister of Foreign Affairs
5. American. Doesn't count. :p
6. Leader of the Opposition.
7. Classical Guitarist. Once romantically linked with Pierre Trudeau.
8. Director of films, including Crash and Naked Lunch.
9. Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada
10. Member of Parliament for Langley-Abbotsford
11. Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast
12. Minister of Health
13. Stage and television actress. Best known for Street Legal
14. Radio personality and all around raconteur
15. Stage and television actor. Best known for Street Legal
16. Prime Minister of Canada, 1984-1993

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Whitey Jul 24, 01 4:16 pm

YYC-YOW last year was surprised to see Deb Grey seated next to me in J. Well, despite being an ultra-left commie myself, she was just great to talk to and I really enjoyed the conversation. A really nice person and one of the few politicians I have ever met who definitely falls into the "what you see is what you get" category.

Also had the misfortune of seeing the leader of the NDP in the MLL in YOW. She dropped her mobile and the retreaval was rather un-ladylike...reminded me of a movie I once saw...

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Ken hAAmer Jul 24, 01 4:30 pm

I always though Stockwell (Doris) Day was a spoof of Alfred E. Neuman.

Ferrari Jul 24, 01 4:30 pm

The one that stands out in my mind over and over and over.....

I sat next to , Erika Eleniak the orginal bay watch babe!!!

Shes was wonderful!!!!

I wonder what she thought of me !!

Shareholder Jul 24, 01 4:50 pm

Since both Deb Gray and Stock Day -- no rhymning was intended when I wrote that -- have been my polling clients, I appreciate Whitey's thoughts about her. She is just that. The only time I met my other client was in the MLL at Dorval. I was headed to London to do a week of filming on a Royal Navy battle ship -- my other career -- and he was on the leadership campaign trail. We had a month earlier delivered a private poll to Jason Kenny [Empress happened to sit next to him on a flight while we were doing that one, and somehow mentioned my name and was amazed to find out that Kenny actually knew me], but I only knew Day from his provincial persona. Given he is a tea totler, it was not an auspcious meeting. I was heading to the draft tap to refill my empty mug of beer when he rounded the corner. Still sober, I think, I introduced myself and we had a quick, pleasant chat before Kenny and Day's son, Logan -- who I have know for several years -- hustled their man off to more important meetings. [I often wondered if that was the reason we never got the Alliance account, me with a beer mug clutched in my hand.]

And yes, Rob Lowe, is an American actor. He now plays Sam Seaborn, young hotshot NYC investement lawyer who gave up a promising career to work in the White House. We also talked about his earlier career in some wonderful John Hughes teen angst films, before he did the horrendous "Home Alone" series.

MapleLeaf Jul 24, 01 6:49 pm

I have sat next to Preston Manning, Lloyd Axworthy and 2 rows back from Ray Liota. The best was Mike Duffy on a flight from YQB-YOW on a small turboprop. Can't remember the aircraft, it is 1-2 configuration, smaller than a Dash8.

Shareholder Jul 24, 01 7:17 pm

I'm amazed that a plane even smaller than a Dash8 was able to get off the ground with Mike Duffy on board. Then again, he is so full of hot air that it is more amazing you were able to land! Do you know he sued FRANK Magazine, accusing them of ruining his likelihood of being appointed a Senator from PEI?

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Whitey Jul 24, 01 7:30 pm


Old Flyer Jul 24, 01 10:51 pm

This probably doesn't count because, as the PM said, back benchers are nobodies. A few years ago I was booked in J YVR to PEK where I was working on a UN project. Two days before departure, CAIL phoned and asked if I still planned to go and I replied "Yes". The reason for the call was apparent on the aircraft; there was a large delegation of MP's, most of whom were in economy. I was surprised that I wasn't bumped.

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EvanMc Jul 24, 01 10:51 pm

Hmm...only one of these I can remember was when I nearly ran [physically] into Jacques Parizeau in the baggage claim at Dorval last autumn. He was waiting right in front of the exit from the domestic concourse. A rather charming young blonde woman, I suppose either his daughter or his mistress, ran out behind me and just about jumped into his arms. I appeared to be the only one there to notice him. I suppose everyone else was too embarassed that he was still alive.

Ferrari Jul 25, 01 12:06 am

Have i lost the plot here, but i thought the thread was regarding celebrities....

Since when does a politician count as a celebrity......

I have worked it out....most of them are more amusing, better at drama and most live in a fantasy world.!!

AlmostThere Jul 25, 01 7:21 am

Politicians are people too

I have seen Carl Brewer(Hockey) in the MLL and did talk to Toller Cranston(Figure Skating) before boarding a FRA-YYZ flight

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@com Jul 25, 01 3:40 pm

Well by far the most sightings are the CAN-US flights:
&gt;Bill Pullman YVR-LAX, curled up in the fetal position trying to sleep. When we landed, it looked like someone had unfurled him from the overhead bin, crinkled, deshevelled and sleepy looking!
&gt;Tie Domi - YYZ-LGA, the day after he nearly killed a guy with his hockey stick, he wasn't happy! :-) but the flight attendant sure didn't notice. It's a wonder she didn't get impregnated by him she was so cozy!
&gt;CEO of Bell Canada (he was grumpy too)- LGA-YYZ
&gt;Rex Murphy (CBC Television commentator) YYZ-YVR- he was wearing a circa 1954 outfit, completely brown from head to toe. wierrrd
...and many more that I have no idea who they are, but acted like they were ALL IMPORTANT and so I SHOULD have known who they are, because they ARE someone, to themselves anyways...Oh, how I love to mock...

sing-along Jul 25, 01 5:02 pm

On a flight to MEX I sat beside Rebbeca Jones. I had never heard of her but when I arrived at my client site, in MEX, and told them that I sat beside Rebbeca Jones they asked if I got her autograph and then spent the next 45 minutes answering questions on what she was like. Apparently a well know actress in MEX.

I'm not sure when, but back then, she was telling me that she was going to start a movie shoot with Pierce Brosnan.

AC*SE: re #13, the actress from Street Legal, was that Cynthia Dale and not Jennifer Dale? I tried looking for some of my past issues of Frank that talked about her and her boyfriend to try to confirm her name but could not find any. I believe that her boyfriend use to work for CP in YYQ.


Flyaway Jul 25, 01 5:36 pm

Donovan Bailey. Hmmmm

CPwingwalker Jul 25, 01 7:41 pm

Last fall was on a LHR-YOW flight with Her Excellency Madame Clarkson. Was late off a connecting Aer Lingus flight from Dublin and the AC T1 flight connection centre staff hustled me down to the tarmac and into a waiting car. Was whisked literally under the planes over to the waiting 767-300 (CP metal then). Just as we got out a mini van pulled up and out came Her Excellency, an EA and one security type. We all walked up the jetway stairs together and boarded. She is most personable (she is journalist after all) and we settled into the 3/4 full J cabin. Guess folks thought I was part of her entourage.

Others will correct me but I believe as our Head of State was on board we received preferential treatment by air traffic control. We taxied DIRECTLY out to the runway and took off ... bybassing many waiting aircraft. Our flight time was 20 mins shorter due to a southerly assignment of the Atlantic air corridor (pilot told me yes we did get the "best" routing).

Funny note: as H.E. had just the day before presented HRM The Queen Mother with her honorary Order of Canada, the CBC news shown on board featured a short clip of the ceremony. H.E. (with headset on) turned to her EA and in a loud voice said "my that looked pretty good didn't it?" everyone in J laughed!

Huge crowd of Rideau Hall types were on the jetbridge to greet H.E. but she did actually pass through Customs (escorted by what looked like the chief Customs pooh bah at YOW) like the rest of us!

Old Flyer Jul 25, 01 8:28 pm

H.E. was here in Sechelt last August when hubby gave the Bruce Hutchison lecture on Canada at our annual Festival of the Written Arts. (As has been noted elsewhere here his views, in this case on education, are distinctly left.) However, what really struck me was the low level of security; just one RCMP corporal at the back of the hall, and everyone in town knew they were coming and where they planned to stay with friends. Small town!

Shareholder Jul 25, 01 8:39 pm

Cynthia Dale is married to Peter Mansbridge, while sister Jennifer is married to film producer/mogul Robert Lantos.

exAC Jul 26, 01 12:31 am

finger trouble

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