To raise money for cancer research, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau have agreed to put partisanship aside for a day, and, uh, beat each other senseless. On March 31, the two legislators will have it out in a charity boxing match, hosted by an Ontario outfit that has traditionally earned a great deal of money for its cause by selling tickets to watch various b-level Canadian celebrities to fight each other.
The press has had a lot of fun with this story, in part because it’s easy to read a lot of unsubtle political symbolism into it. As a side-by-side photo comparison of the two fighters clearly shows, this isn’t looking to be a particularly fair match, and a Sun TV poll (which was commissioned on this for some reason) has the public favoring the Tory Senator 73% to 27, a sentiment echoed by bookies who give Brazeau three-to-one odds. It’s all in good fun, obviously, but maybe the next time the Liberals want to participate in a comical bi-partisan photo-op, they can at least choose one that doesn’t involve their representative being literally crushed by Conservative might.
Hope you guys enjoy this cartoon. I’m not going to make any updates to Filibuster for the next week because I really want to get my new Canada Guide finished, and I’m tired of having to merely tinker on it now and then when I have a spare moment, especially considering how long I’ve been promising it. It is 90% completed, and I’m confident if I put a non-stop week’s work into it, we’ll be closer to 99% by the end of this month.
As usual, I’d really appreciate any last-minute advice you guys have for stuff you’d like to see in the Guide, or just questions you have about Canada in general that you’d like to see the Guide engage with in some fashion.
See you in a week!