John Oliver on the Canadian election

As I’ve made pretty clear by now, I really admire John Oliver and his staff for their intelligent political commentary and investigative reporting. Here’s his take on the Canadian election taking place today, supported by a musical beaver, a moose getting a colonoscopy thanks to Canada’s healthcare system, and Canadian Mike Myers. (Apparently public memory of The Love Guru has subsided enough to allow Myers to show his face in public.)


Oliver says one thing in this segment that, I’m glad to say, is not actually true. There is a Canadian law dating back to the 1920s against foreigners’ trying to “induce” a Canadian to vote for or against a candidate, but that basically refers to vote-buying. It’s perfectly legal for non-Canadians to implore Canadians to vote against Harper or or or against anybody else, and I join Oliver in urging Canadians not keep Harper in office (or anyway I would if there were any chance any Canadians will read this before voting in today’s election). In fact, I’d even suggest sending Harper somewhere there are enough of his sort that one more won’t make a difference. Canada already did this with Ted Cruz, and did so quite presciently when he was only four.

Update: Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party won the election with a parliamentary majority. The Conservatives came in second (though I gather Harper is resigning party leadership), and the New Democrats, headed by the person likely the most competent candidate for PM, came in last.

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