Trudeau set to ap­pear in Cor­ner Gas An­i­mated

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OT­TAWA — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau will fol­low in the foot­steps of two pre­vi­ous prime min­is­ters by ap­pear­ing in an episode of Cor­ner Gas.

The show’s Face­book page said on Satur­day that Trudeau will play him­self on an episode of Cor­ner Gas An­i­mated when its sec­ond sea­son de­buts this spring on The Comedy Net­work.

A pho­to­graph ac­com­pa­nies the post, show­ing Trudeau in his Parliament Hill of­fice with sound tech­ni­cians and Cor­ner Gas star and cre­ator Brent Butt.

For­mer prime min­is­ters Paul Martin and Stephen Harper also made brief ap­pear­ances on the live-ac­tion ver­sion of Cor­ner Gas, which ran for six sea­sons be­tween 2004 and 2009.

Set in the fic­tional Saskatchewan town of Dog River, Cor­ner Gas was the No. 1 sit­com in Canada through­out its en­tire run.

Other high-pro­file cameos dur­ing the show’s live-ac­tion run in­cluded for­mer gover­nor gen­eral Adri­enne Clark­son, hockey greats Dar­ryl Sit­tler and Travis Moen, Olympic speed­skater Cindy Klassen, and mu­si­cians Colin James, Jann Ar­den and the Trag­i­cally Hip.

Trudeau tweeted about his cameo on Satur­day.

“Home af­ter a great cou­ple of days in Saskatchewan. But I’ll be at @cor­ner­gas in Dog River very soon. Stay tuned,” Trudeau wrote, re­fer­ring to his trip to the prov­ince last week where he an­nounced a deal for clos­ing coal-fired power plants, as well as fund­ing for a geo­ther­mal gen­er­at­ing fa­cil­ity. Trudeau pre­vi­ously ap­peared on the small screen in the 2007 CBC docu­d­rama The Great War. He de­picted Tal­bot Mercer Pap­ineau, a sol­dier who died dur­ing the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele.

Butt, mean­while, thanked Trudeau for con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of do­ing a cameo in a ver­sion of the show, not­ing it was al­ways fun.

“This is a quick, but very funny scene. We were in and out of his of­fice in about 15 min­utes!” Butt wrote in his tweet that ac­com­pa­nied the pho­to­graph taken in Trudeau’s of­fice.

A news re­lease from Bell Me­dia, the par­ent com­pany of The Comedy Net­work, said Sun­day that the up­com­ing 11-show sea­son will also in­clude cameos by astro­naut Chris Had­field, Har­ley Moren­stein of the YouTube cook­ing show Epic Meal Time and ac­tor Michael J. Fox.

The sec­ond sea­son also fea­tures Cana­dian co­me­dian Russell Peters, who the re­lease said plays both a for­est ranger and a bear in the same episode.

As well, Ar­den re­turns to the fran­chise for a sec­ond time, guest star­ring as a univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tive who finds her­self in Dog River to per­son­ally de­liver a doc­tor­ate of phi­los­o­phy to one of the res­i­dents.

ROBERT DE LINT / VÉRITÉ FILMS

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau speaks with ac­tor Brent Butt. Trudeau will ap­pear in an up­com­ing episode of Cor­ner Gas An­i­mated.

BELL ME­DIA

An an­i­ma­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau

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