If you haven't been following the Canadian elections, John Oliver can tell you everything you need to know in fifteen minutes.
In his Last Week Tonight show, John Oliver presents a satirical take on the week's politics and current events with irreverence - and his latest show didn't disappoint.
The British comedian took on the Canadian federal election and skewered both the long-serving Prime Minister Stephen Harper and head of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau.
Mocking Harper's keyboard playing in a 'shitty, shitty band', Oliver then referenced Harper's unpopular policies, including the controversial niqab ban and introducing a barbaric cultural practices hotline, "despite the fact that 911 continues to exist in Canada."
Oliver accused Harper of "pandering to Islamophobes" and referenced a debate in which Harper once said that he would never tell his daughter that a woman should cover her face because she’s a woman. The British comedian said “If Stephen Harper’s daughter is covering her face, it’s probably because she understandably does not want to be seen in public with Stephen f–king Harper.”
Citing a bizarre Canadian law which prevents those residing outside of the country to “induce electors to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate,” or face a $5,000 fine or a six-month jail term, the late-night host rose to the challenge by bringing in the best of Canadiana in the form of Mike Myers drssed as a Mountie, riding on a snowplow.
With a beaver playing 'Sweet Caroline' on the keyboard and a moose getting a colonoscopy ("thanks to our lovely single-payer health care system"), the Austin Powers comedian professed that while he loves his home country “the fact that it has a law banning outsiders from telling Canadians how to vote is one of the least Canadian things possible. …Oh, and don’t vote for Stephen Harper”...effectively breaking Canadian law.
"Don't do it!" said Oliver. Why? Because “Stephen Harper doesn’t care about black people,” a take on Kanye West's comments about George W. Bush in 2005. Oliver then corrected himself by saying “Stephen Harper doesn’t care about Muslim people!”
“Totally fair,” Myers decided. “I think he made that pretty clear.”
Justin Trudeau was announced as the winner of the election, ending Harper's nine year stint in office.
Trudeau will be the country's second-youngest prime minister, and as the son of former PM the late Pierre Trudeau, is the first to follow a parent into office.
Watch the skit in full here! 'Pandering to Islamophobes' comes in at 9:03
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