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‘merica—Last week, Canada elected Justin Trudeau as the new Prime Minister. But this isn’t news to you unless you’ve been living under a rock. Or in the United States.
Mooseclean’s canvassed our neighbors to the south, asking for their reaction to our new PM. Here are a collection of responses…
Greg, 20, student, Mississippi – Prime Minister is pretty much like President, right? As long as Canada keeps being our docile, oil-producing neighbor to the north, great!
Amanda, 52, yoga instructor, Los Angeles – Democracy is so very important. I’m glad Canada is voting. Namaste.
Iris, 33, insurance broker, Iowa – John Oliver was talking about the Canadian election. So which guy won? The guy with the white hair and freaky eyes? The smiley bearded dude? Or the young hottie? Young hottie? Yes! Things are looking good in Canada.
Jordan, 78, retired, Utah – I met a Canadian last summer. Nice guy. Bought me a cup of coffee at the diner. He was headed up to Zion for some hiking.
Sherril, 48, gun shop owner, Texas – Well, I hope whoever won changes Canada’s gun laws. If they don’t start arming their citizens, they’re gonna have school shootings like we do here.
Jason, 40, Milwaukee, theater technician – I find the Canadian parliamentary system that dictates your citizens elect a PM not by voting directly for that person, but by voting locally for a member of Parliament, is counterintuitive. Even though a voter may want a Liberal PM, they may also prefer the local NDP candidate. Seems like the best you can hope for is that the person you elect to represent your ward in the House of Commons is affiliated with your national choice for PM. I’d rather just vote directly for the leader of my country.