Canada’s new Pythonesque po­lit­i­cal party

The Labradorian - - Editorial -

The ar­ro­gance and dis­mis­sive­ness of politi­cians we’ve been elect­ing lately has now reached dizzy­ing new heights.

Where does Maxime Bernier get off with a ti­tle like that? The Peo­ple’s Party of Canada. Are we to as­sume that the other par­ties don’t house peo­ple of Canada?

One thing we should all be glad he’s over­looked, of course, is the re­sem­blance of his new party’s name to the con­fus­ing num­ber of splin­ter par­ties in that Monty Python move, “The Life of Brian.” Where par­ties would keep splin­ter­ing from the main party and had ti­tles such as “the Pop­u­lar Peo­ple’s Front,” “the Peo­ple’s Pop­u­lar Front,” “The Front of Pop­u­lar Peo­ple,” etc.

So, in that re­spect, his party will be lam­pooned into obliv­ion in no time — re­mem­ber the Cana­dian splin­ter party called the CRAP party?

On a daily ba­sis lately, I usu­ally lament on most topics from north or south of the bor­der by say­ing, “If it wasn’t so se­ri­ous, this would be funny.”

In Maxime Bernier’s case, I’m glad it’s not se­ri­ous and I’m glad it’s funny. I hope John Cleese is laugh­ing at this clas­sic ex­am­ple of life im­i­tat­ing art.

Mark Power St. John’s

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