As in the U.S., Canadian politicians try to get the endorsement of Canadian celebrities even if they can’t vote in the election. If you’re a Canadian citizen, but have lived outside of Canada for more than five, years you cannot vote. This rule applies to yours truly.
Still, it didn’t prevent hockey legend Wayne Gretzky from endorsing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party over the weekend. The Great One described Harper as “an unreal Prime Minister.”
Actor Donald Sutherland’s endorsement Tom Mulcair of the NDP shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, his second wife Shirley Douglas is the daughter of Tommy Douglas, who served as the first leader of the NDP from 1961 to 1971. (Indeed, while I was active with the NDP at Carleton University I helped paint a mural of Douglas which identified him as Kiefer Sutherland’s grandfather.) Although Sutherland did qualify his endorsement by stating, “If you can’t put in Mulcair put in Trudeau’s son, Justin.” I guess Green Party leader Elizabeth May is out of luck.
Then again, maybe she’ll get the coveted Pamela Anderson endorsement. The former Baywatch star ruled out voting for Harper on the basis of his record on climate change, although she did not state if she would support the NDP, the Liberals, or the Greens. Anderson, who is a native of British Columbia, was in Vancouver last week to promote her book of poetry. (I can only wonder if she makes uses of iambic pentameter.)
Who says Canadian politics are dull?