April 26, 2015 11:41 am
Updated: April 26, 2015 11:52 am

‘Plane Talk’ with Laurie Hawn: What happens when you give a former fighter pilot the controls


WATCH: Things go a little sideways when Tom Clark takes fighter pilot-turned MP Laurie Hawn up for some Plane Talk.

It was supposed to be a casual interview. You know, questions about his political past, future ambitions and the like. But that all went up in the air when Conservative MP and former fighter pilot Laurie Hawn took control of Tom Clark’s plane.

To be fair, half the point of this segment is to have fun. And maybe, just maybe, Tom has pushed the fun envelope a little far at times.

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When he takes people up for a little “Plane Talk,” Tom likes to show his guests what it’s like to experience zero gravity.

But when he took Hawn up for a ride, well, things were a little bit different. Turns out the Edmonton MP had a deep bag of tricks all his own.

Once they settled down a bit, they did actually did have time for a little conversation.

The full segment is available below, but here are some highlights.

Greatest fear: Running out of things to do before running out of life.

Reason for not running in October: Hawn says Jim Flaherty’s sudden death just weeks after leaving public office didn’t make his decision. “But it certainly reinforced my decision …

I’m in the fourth quarter here and, to use a football analogy, I can’t count for overtime and I want to do stuff before the two-minute warning.

What’s changed in his nine years in Parliament: Regrettably, he said, he’s seen an increase in partisanship. “When I got here … there was a lot more cross the floor collegiality.”

Guilty pleasure: Sitting with a big glass of very expensive single malt whiskey, smoking a very expensive cigar after a very rare steak and a very expensive bottle of red wine.

WATCH: With the fun and games out of the way, Tom Clark managed to get in a few questions with Laurie Hawn.

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