Harper ends India trip with some street hockey

Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays field hockey during a visit to Bishop Cotton Boys' School in...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays field hockey during a visit to Bishop Cotton Boys' School in Bangalore November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Prime Minister Stephen Harper left India about midday Friday, but not before getting in a little pickup street hockey at a boys' school.

The PM, in a blue "Canada" jacket, faced off against his cabinet colleague, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal, wearing a red "Canada" jacket.

Their teams were made up of students from the Bishop Cotton Boys School in Bangalore.

While at Cottons, as it's called, Harper also took some lessons with a cricket bat - Indians are as mad about cricket as Canadians are about hockey - although he never hit a cricket ball.

Harper's final hours in India also included a trip Thursday night to a Hindu temple with his wife Laureen.

There, they were presented with garlands and received a blessing from a Hindu priest. The Harpers clearly enjoyed the ceremony. and as the prime minister placed a flower garland over his wife's head, Laureen Harper said, "It's like getting married."

That prompted the prime minister to say, in front of TV cameras and the local press, "We're getting married again."

Sure enough, a headline in a Bangalore paper the next morning read: "Canadian PM gets 'married again' in Hindu temple."

Harper wrapped up a six-day trip to India and headed to Manila, Philipppines, where he arrived Friday night.

On Saturday, Harper and Filipino President Benigno Aquino will discuss trade and regional security issues.


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