Who holds the power north of the border? Which up-and-coming Canadian politician would win in a fight to the death? Who heralds the coming of winter, and who ignores the cries to our peril?
Politics is one of the topics I plan to occasionally tackle here, and I’ve noticed many of my readers so far seem to be from south of the border, so in this interlude between Canada Day and Independence Day, I thought it would be fitting to bring you all up to speed and fulfill today’s list challenge.
- The Queen: Technically the queen is our head-of-state, as a commonwealth country, but though she used to hold a lot of sway at present her power is largely symbolic. We much prefer having her face on our money, though, to the prime ministerial alternatives.
- The Governor General: The queen’s agent in Canada, who acts as a sort of political guardian to Parliament. All the big decisions go through him, and while he technically can say no, he typically doesn’t as this might cause the person holding actual power to cut him out of the picture entirely.
- The Prime Minister: Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper, our lego-haired fearless leader, has been criticized for being power-hungry, muzzling his followers, ignoring the warnings of impending climate change, and possibly coming into power illegitimately.
- The former leader-in-waiting: Jack Layton worked hard for years behind the scenes as prophet of impending climate change, and the leader of a distant-third-place party, the NDP. Until the last federal election, that is, where largely on the force of his personality he usurped second place and gave ol’ Harps a run for his money. Tragically, he died (of cancer) shortly thereafter and the whole country, supporters or not, mourned the loss.
- The up-and-coming heartthrob: Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau spent a lot of time living the wild life and avoiding following in his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s, footsteps. But after knocking out a Conservative Senator in a fight (for charity), he’s been waiting in the wings for his chance to steal the hearts and throne of the nation.
- The smart, funny guy who should rule but probably never will: Rick Mercer is a Canadian culture promoter and political satirist, like the Jon Stewart of Canada, but nicer. He has been known to hang out with the different political leaders who come and go, and has even stayed over at the Prime Minister’s house for a sleepover. His political rants are usually right on point, it’s a shame the people in power don’t seem to listen.
- The woman who would rule us all: Elizabeth May, a Canadian born in exile (in America), is the leader of the Green Party of Canada, and has a very, very long shot at power. But if the environmental tides change and threaten to bury us in the eternal winter of a second ice age, we might just need her fiery, in-tune-with-nature will to lead us out of the darkness.
- And finally, the one (and possibly only) thing they can all agree on: When the zombie apocalypse inevitably occurs, we will band together as one, because “Canada will never be a safehaven for zombies.”
I hope you are all more enlightened about the who’s who in Canadian politics now. Any more GoT / Canadian political comparisons you’d make? Before you comment, though…
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