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Political Debate Iced

I don't know what it is about us Canadians but we make it so easy for others to laugh at us. Is it our love of Tim Horton's coffee and donuts? What about that elegant gooey gourmet gloop of cheese curds, gravy and fries known as poutine? Could it be because our country is where the sport of hockey was born but we have precious few of our teams in the playoffs? Or maybe it's because our Prime Minister acts so damn presidential.

During the current election campaign - oh, yeah, we're having an election here. Have you heard? Probably not. Stop me if this sounds familiar - our President, er, ah, Prime Minister has been accused of running a tightly controlled campaign from a bubble, tossing out "undesirables" from rally stops and limiting media questions to only 4 or 5 per event. His government is plagued by scandals, has been accused of misleading Parliament and Canadians and even Canadians snicker at him calling his party the Harper Government as opposed to maybe the Conservative Government or better yet the Government of Canada. And yet, he and his party lead in the polls. Go figure.

Every campaign has a leaders' debate. Ours was last Tuesday. That is to say the English language debate was last Tuesday. It was meh. There's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back. The French debate, originally scheduled for last Thursday was moved to Wednesday night. Why? Well the Montreal Canadians were facing off against the Boston Bruins in their round 1 playoff opener Thursday. (Montreal won!) God forbid Canadians should choose between the two. I'm not kidding. In Canada hockey trumps politics.

I think if our 4 political leaders were worried about people tuning into them they should have combined the two events. A few hip-checks, some high-sticking, two-on-twos and a concussion or two might really have held the viewers. It could be an interesting way of choosing a leader. Instead of us voting, it'd be last man standing. Oh, and of course Don Cherry would moderate the event. You know Don Cherry. He's the loud-mouthed and loud-suited hockey commentator who once said visors were only worn mostly by sissy Europeans and French guys. Caused a furor.

I might watch that!

Cherry tells Harper to put his visor on for French debate.

This post originally appeared at The Parody Files.


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Quirkyloon said…
Poutine scars the crap out of me! It just does. And I try not to nightmare about it.

As for Canadian politics? It's somewhat comforting (in a not so funny way) that we're (the U.S.) not the only ones on this continent with corrupt politicians.

Wait. We also share the continent with Mexico....

Never mind.

hee hee
Cheryl said…
Hi Noname,
You are correct in assuming that I wasn't aware of Candada's current election campaign. Call me ignorant (only because calling me a total moron seems a little harsh) I didn take a minute to read Wikipedia to get an inkling of knowledge and still don't understand anything about what the hell is going on. I do sense that Harper fits some of the criteria to be a US President though.(never mind that he wasn't born here because we have Donald Trump to chase that birth certificate down if necessary)Anyway, assets if he were running for office in the US - He has some scandels going, he has a stylist paid by the government, and he is making a cameo on something called Murdock Mysteries. Could you write a Candadian Government for Dummies book in your spare time and I promise to become better informed.
Brooke Amanda said…
Pountine sounds yummy!! I need a recipe, please.
nonamedufus said…
If you're Canadian, ya gotta love poutine. The heart attack in a bowl!
nonamedufus said…
Cheryl: Good to see you finally got your, ahem, butt, over here. A Canadian Government Book for Dummies? Already been done. It's called the Conservative Party platform.
nonamedufus said…
Brooke Amanda: Google it. You think I'm gonna do all the work for ya?
00dozo said…
Debates? *yawn* Question Period in the House is more entertaining.
nonamedufus said…
00dozo: Pffft! If you ask me they're all a bunch of puck heads! But you didn't ask me so I'll reserve judgement. (Yeah, right!)
Cheryl said…
Oh, I have been over here before keeping an eye on you. I am one of your Sheep, after all. Putting you on my blog roll today so my friends can come over to your funny little playground, too.
nonamedufus said…
Cheryl: Hey, cool. Thanks. I'll have to return the favour, neighbour. We Canadians like "u". (See what I just did there?)
Nicky said…
It is so frustrating that Harper has become the Teflon man. The thing is, as I believe you've previously pointed out, our alternatives are also quite pathetic. I still think you should run, Dufus.
nonamedufus said…
Nicky: Run? Yeah, in the other direction. As quickly as possible!
Cheryl said…
U my northern neigbour are so clever and laugh-out-loud funny. I am glad u Canadians like US. (see what I just did there)
nonamedufus said…
Cheryl: Oh, very good. Touché (That's French for I'm touched.)
LOTGK said…
From Wayne's World.

Wait, this isn't caption day....
I've never understood why you canucks don't just elect Gretzky Prime Minister and be done with it.
nonamedufus said…
LOTGK: Hahhahaha...good one. Car!
nonamedufus said…
Chris: There were enough tears shed when he left Edmonton for LA. You think we wanna go through something like that again??? I can just see Haper's election ads: He didn't come back to coach Canada's Olympic team for you!
meleah rebeccah said…
Yay. Congrats on your award!
nonamedufus said…
meleah rebeccah: Oh, um, yeah, thanks!
Mike said…
As 'bad' as the Harper government is, the other yokels right now are worse.

Right now Canadians are a bunch of entitled pansies who need a good butt whoooping. That means ALL of us.
nonamedufus said…
Spaz: I hate to say it but entitled pansies would enjoy a good butt whooping.
Boom Boom Larew said…
If only all elections could be won and lost on the ice.... *sigh*
nonamedufus said…
Boom Boom: Yeah maybe they could do a shoot-out every 4 years. Or maybe they could do a political version of that TV show Wipeout. I'd sure watch that!
Janna said…
It's the poutine. That's gotta be it.
And possibly the mysterious prevalence of the letter "U".
Which reminds me, back in 2008, I wrote a post in Canadian.

P.S. I guess we have Tim Hortons here in Michigan too, so you guys are secretly sneaking up on us. Someday I'll have to find one, and try it, and blog about it.
nonamedufus said…
Janna: Ha, you're one of my favo"u"rite bloggers, Janna. Remember, there's a "U" in poutine.
Ziva said…
There must be something in the air that's causing elections to be exceptionally idiotic; our parliamentary election was held last weekend, and the absurdly clear winner was a racist fundamentalist party that wants out of the EU, wants to close the Finnish borders to refugees and immigrants and wants me and the rest of the Swedish-speaking minority to burn in hell. I sure hope your candidates are better and aren't going to banish the French-speaking population from the country.
Ohara said…
I am not overly concerned with the minor scandals. They are nothing compared to the government under Chretien. I find that Ignatieff is so far from what I imagine a Prime Minister to be. Not Prime Ministerial at all. I fear and hate the Bloc. The country needs a majority government and right now Harper is the only party leader capable of leading it. he may not be good for every Canadian but he is great for Canada.
nonamedufus said…
Ziva: You had me at "idiotic". Yes I agree with you. Although "burning i hell" isn't on anyone's platform here yet.
nonamedufus said…
Ohara: Hey, this is supposed to be a humour blog. You're scaring me.

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