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Toronto MP Olivia Chow says she’s recovering and feeling well after being diagnosed with a virus that affects the movement of one side of her face.

Chow announced she was recovering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome in a Friday statement, saying she looks somewhat different these days but remains healthy and in fine shape to work.

“One of the symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a temporary disorder of the nerve that controls movement of the muscles in the face,” she said. “In my case, it has affected the left side of my face, making it difficult to smile, laugh and put in my contact lens… It will not affect my work as a Member of Parliament. I continue to swim, run and bike regularly. You will just have to imagine that I am smiling.”

I sense a win-win here. We send her to negotiate with Chief Walking Eagle * and she retains an inscrutable Stone Face throughout. (A wee bit of Botox should paralyze her vocal cords altogether.) Spence, enraged, flounces off to redouble her "hunger strike" (Cheezeboigers no 'mo!).

Alternatively, Spence pulls her pathetic tottering invalid (see photo) routine. It is impossible for any normal human being (in which category I will temporarily place Chow, despite her NDP baggage) to witness this bathos without breaking into uproarious laughter. Spence, enraged, flounces off to redouble her "hunger strike" (Cheezeboigers no 'mo!).

You're welcome, Olivia!

(* Old joke.)


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