Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Ha! I suppose that all those nay-sayers and self-hating Canadians out there who moan about how exciting US politics are and how dreadfully dull Canadian politics are are now talking out of the other sides of their bodies. Here it is only a couple of days into the Federal election campaign and we have already been tagged with controversy number one.

In what will probably eventually be called (unfortunately) “puffin-gate”, the federal Conservative party issued a campaign ad showing the Liberal leader, Stephane Dion, being pooped on by a low-flying puffin (see above). After Liberal supporters complained, the Conservatives pulled the ad, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper admitting the entire episode had been a “mistake” and kind of “low-brow”. Mr. Dion commented that this sort of thing was to be expected since the Conservatives were a bunch of dinks anyway.

In a way this sort of tells you everything you need to know about Canadian politics. Our friends to the south (the United States) are arguing over who is soft on defense and who is going to allow the terrorist hoards (since the Communist hoards have somehow faded away) into the US to slaughter the innocent and drive taxis. In Canada there is a cartoon puffin pooping on a guy in a suit. On one hand it is all kind of embarrassing, but on the other hand I have to wonder; which is more childish? The amplified pissing contest going on south of the 49th, or the silly cartoons being shown up here? Politics as usual, indeed.

Anyway… Humouroceros

A close up of the offending puffin

A real close up of the offending puffin

An even closer look at the offending puffin

How the ad should probably really look


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