Canadian Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau will be sworn-in later today and Canada will say goodbye to current Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Trudeau will name his cabinet today as well. According to CHEK News, Trudeau intends to name half of the ministers women — a first in Canada.
Going into the Canadian federal election, held on October 19, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, and Thomas Mulcair were each seen as having a real chance at the role of Canada’s leader, as reported by the Inquisitr.
Support for Thomas Mulcair and the Canadian New Democrat Party seemed to evaporate on election day. The NDP only won 44 seats in Canadian Parliament compared with 99 for the Conservatives and 184 for the Liberals, according to Three Hundred Eight.
This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a popular Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news satire program, created in 1993, somewhat in the same spirit as The Daily Show.
Tom Mulcair, the NDP leader, appeared on This Hour Has 22 Minutes last night. The soft-spoken, tweed jacket-wearing politician performed his stylized dance moves to Canadian rapper Drake’s latest single “Hotline Bling.” The full program is provided, followed by the Mulcair/”Hotline Bling” performance on its own.
The Huffington Post calls Mulcair’s dance “hilarious.”
This Hour Has 22 Minutes compared Drake’s hugely successful “Hotline Bling” with a seeming disappearance of Thomas Mulcair since the election.
“Where in the world is Thomas Mulcair?” Mark Critch asks.
Critch then says we’ve found him and this is what he has been doing, and the clip with Mulcair dancing to “Hotline Bling” rolls and the audience laughs.
“After the election, Trudeau had a big win on his hands and now it looks like he has a little Wynne in his arms,” Susan Kent described the meeting of the Liberal leaders.
According to This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Trudeau is going to put off moving into 24 Sussex Drive, the traditional Canadian Prime Minister’s residence, until repairs are made. The Prime Minister-elect is said to be planning on living in Rideau Cottage until the work is complete.
The show then turns to a rap performed by 41-year-old Newfoundlander Mark Critch, set to the tune of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince phase “Parents Just Don’t Understand” with original rhymes about Justin Trudeau’s life, growing up partly at 24 Sussex.
Drake’s “Hotline Bling” YouTube video was was published on October 26 and has already garnered more than 32 million views. On Apple iTunes, “Hotline Bling” is currently ranked as the No. 4 Top Song.
Later in the show, This Hour Is 22 Minutes described a new (completely real, as reported by the CBC) course to be held at the University of British Columbia studying Game of Thrones.
“If you fail the course, you’re murdered and if you pass, you’re also murdered,” Shaun Majumder states to laughs from the audience.
The show then interviewed Michael Baldasaro with the Canadian Marijuana Party in Hamilton, Ontario.
Shaun Majumder asks Baldasaro if Justin Trudeau’s pledge to legalize marijuana is stealing some of his party’s thunder.
Baldasaro reads a letter that he wrote to Justin Trudeau in 2008, regarding supposed promises his father, Pierre Trudeau, made with regard to legalizing marijuana in the sixties. Reportedly, while Trudeau and the Liberals are expected to legalize marijuana in Canada, he has not responded to Baldasaro’s letter. Majumder then jokes about crude oil and hash oil.