In bombastic show of force against “Bully Putin” Trudeau does shirtless photo shoot riding moose

Newly-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rides moose, threatens Vladimir Putin, all while shirtless
Newly-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rides moose, threatens Vladimir Putin, all while shirtless. Photo Andrea Kwan

Yesterday afternoon, newly-elected Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau demonstrated his tough stance against Russia’s Vladimir Putin by organizing a photo shoot. Trudeau dashed into the Canadian wilderness where he lassoed a bull moose, mounted it, and rode it top-speed through a pristine stream, while photographers jockeyed to get the best shot. The photo shoot took less than an hour, according to True Facts Wire photographer Andrea Kwan. “It was astonishing, really” Kwan confided, “We weren’t there more than fifteen minutes before Justin had subdued the moose, using nothing but a lasso and his chiseled figure. He’s clearly done this before.”

Trudeau’s photo shoot comes in response to a well-publicized photo, released by the Kremlin, that shows Putin riding a bear. “This kind of imagery is meant to intimidate,” Trudeau said. “I wanted to let the world know that here in Canada we also have big game – and as of October 19th we also have a leader who rides it, hashtag Real Change™.”

The message behind the photo shoot is consistent with Trudeau’s rhetoric on the campaign trail. “I said that Canada needs to stand strongly against the bully Putin,” Trudeau said next to the pristine stream, while flicking water droplets out of his curly locks. “That strong stand starts today, and it starts by me riding this moose without a shirt on.”

Late last night, Putin issued a statement on the photo shoot. “I ride bears, so I fear no mooses” Putin said, misusing the plural of “moose”. Trudeau countered, saying, “Moose kill more Canadians each year than terrorists. So if Putin doesn’t fear them, he’ll have to learn that he’s a damn fool the hard way.”

Trudeau even considered the possibility that, if it could avoid “all out war” with Russia, he would challenge Putin to a moose-back versus bear-back jousting tournament. “Let’s just say I won’t rule it out at this time” Trudeau confirmed. “I think that my record in blood sports against political advisories speaks for itself.”

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NDP Surging after Party Shifts Focus from Tax Custs, Balanced Budgets to Policies Actually Related to Values of Its Members

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair reacts to a request to shave his beard into a mustache

Until late September, the NDP was fiercely promoting issues targeted at “middle class voters”, such as tax cuts for small businesses, balanced budgets, and increasing investment in the tourism sector. More recently, the NDP has dropped many of these polices, focusing instead on in-depth discussions of environmental degradation, and the systemic causes of poverty. Mulcair has also been campaigning with respected economists, who have been describing the assumption that low taxes lead to economic growth as “a figment of neo-liberal ideology, not an economic fact.”

Their new strategy appears to be working. Recent polls suggest that the NDP is surging, with as much as 45% support nation-wide. Sources close to the campaign confirm that this radical shift towards the NDP’s founding principles was only embraced by party strategists as a last resort.

NDP strategist David Dobbs told The True Facts Wire that he was reluctant about promoting principles actually endorsed by the party’s members. “I maintain that our initial messaging and strategic positioning were right on-target,” said Dobbs. “We are able to count on the votes of the Pinkos that make up our party base because the NDP is their only option,” Dobbs explained. “That gives us lots of latitude to convince everyone else that we are non-threatening free-market lap-dogs. So our strategy was really clear.

“Even so, we were sagging in the polls.” Dobbs continued. “I identified the real problem quickly, and it wasn’t our strategic positioning. It was Tom’s beard,” Dobbs said with a firm nod and sustained eye contact. “Jack Layton had a moustache and we did well under his leadership. Tom’s got a full beard and everything goes to shit. So we have a causal relationship there. Tom needed a moustache or everything would be ruined.”

Dobbs says that Mulcair was unwilling to rethink his manscaping. “I explained it to Tom. I explained it at length. I told him, ‘Just do what I say! I’m an internationally respected political strategist… Do you have any idea how many skill-endorsements I have on LinkedIn? Now shave your goddamned chin!’” But Mulcair would not yield to Dobbs’ wisdom. “Frankly,” Dobbs continued, “Tom’s a little bitch about his chin hairs.”

Eventually Dobbs had no option but “to give up on the obvious solution and try this nut-job strategy of articulating the value of progressive politics to the electorate.” Dobbs is surprised that the new strategy is working. “It’s a Hail-Mary. We are genuinely engaging with voters as if they are competent adults, and educating them about the principles on which democratic socialism is built… All because Tom thinks he has a weak chin! It’s shameful.”

His griping aside, Dobbs is pleased by the recent surge. “At the end of the day, if I can put another tick in the “win” column, I’m happy. Obviously, I’d rather win by micro-managing the candidate’s facial hair than by addressing systemic societal problems, but I take what I can get. If we end up with 45% of the popular vote in the general election, it’s going to do great things for my LinkedIn profile.”

As Election Nears, Harper Talks Extensively to Media

Stephen Harper, Leader of the Conservative Party, smiles because he enjoys talking with the media.
Stephen Harper, Leader of the Conservative Party, smiling because he enjoys engaging with the media

At each of Stephen Harper’s first two campaign stops today, the leader of the Conservative Party spent about 25 minutes taking questions from journalists. Questions covered a variety of topics including Canada’s economic outlook, foreign policy, the state of our democratic institutions and the inequalities faced by Canada’s indigenous population.

At both stops, one in London, Ontario and the other in Kitchener, Harper began by saying “I don’t have a prepared statement, but I’m willing to spend some time taking questions.” When answering, Harper was careful to hit each of his talking points but he also made sure that he answered each question thoroughly, providing context and discussing the nuances of his position. He frequently invited journalists to pose follow-up questions by asking “did that fully answer your question?”

Harper was eager to differentiate his position from those of other parties, but he also honestly conceded when the positions of the various parties were similar. When answering a question about job growth at the campaign stop in Kitchener, he made a point of emphasizing the good intentions of the members of the other parties. “Look, all the candidates running in this election got into politics because they want what’s best for Canadians,” said Harper. “But on this one issue, the approach taken by the Conservative Party is different because we have different underlying assumptions about how to achieve what’s best for all Canadians.”

At press time, none of the above facts surprised anyone because we live in a democracy.

Green Party “Zealously Committed” to Failing Strategy of Good Ideas

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May, depicted with innovative idea she is irrationally committed to

According to an exclusive interview with a former Green Party strategist, the Green Party is “zealously committed” to pursuing their failing strategy of presenting Canadians with creative solutions to large-scale systemic problems. The source is now working for the Conservative Party of Canada. The anonymous source approached Real Truth Wire “hoping to get some things off my chest.”

“The problem with the Green Party is that they hate winning” our source confided. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the ‘weighty ideas win respect, inane ideas win elections’ conversation with those folks.” The source left the Green Party after leader Elizabeth May insisted on talking seriously about a guaranteed minimum income for all Canadians.

“The guaranteed minimum income is a spectacular idea” our source confirmed. “With one masterful stroke you eliminate poverty and it saves taxpayers money. It’s the kind of legislative ingenuity that no one can get behind.”

The former Green Party strategist said that she was already concerned with the Green Party’s excessive concern for the long-term health of Planet Earth, which sustains all known organic life. The guaranteed minimum income was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Our source insisted that the Green Party’s prospects got even worse after she defected. “By the time they started talking about eliminating student debt, I just shook my head and thanked my lucky stars that I was working with a Party that was stoking irrelevant and/or harmful anti-Muslim sentiment.”

Our source continued, “do you want to know what’s killing Canadian economic competitiveness? Our brightest university graduates are slaving away in meaningless middle-management positions at banking conglomerates because it’s their only possibility of paying their crippling debt. Do you really think that people will vote for a party that wants to solve that? Come on! Some of us live in the real world. Let’s get back to talking about reducing taxes by quarter percent for double income families with three and a half children.”

At press time, our source was busy constructing the best way of articulating a Conservative plan designed to reduce the number of Indonesian Muslims immigrating to Canada by exactly seven.

Candidate Profile: Adam Vaughan Supports Real Change, Real Canadian Values, Rest of Reality

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Adam Vaughan, Liberal candidate, reality enthusiast

Adam Vaughan, Liberal Candidate for Spadina-Fort York, wants you to know that he’s standing up for reality. As a former city councillor in Toronto, as well as the incumbent MP in the riding, Vaughan is no stranger to standing up for Toronto’s reality.

Although a staunch supporter of Real Change, Vaughan has noticed some changes to Toronto in recent years that he wishes were not real. “Starting your life in Canada, starting a family, getting an education, building a career or opening a restaurant were once all possible. But this is changing.”

That change is not the Real Change supported by Vaughan. According to Vaughan it is time to change things so that the change mentioned above reverses, leading to different change. When asked to clarify that position, Vaughan stands firm. “It’s time for a change”, he said with a reassuring nod.

Vaughan has a unique perspective on what drives Real Change forward. “Real Change must be guided by Real Canadian Values,” he asserted. “Real Canadian Values mean that we need to talk to Real Canadians to understand what their reality is like, here on the ground in our communities.”

Vaughan finds reality inspiring, and used real political considerations when writing campaign literature. “I wanted to generate some text that I could put next to photographs of me with Justin Trudeau. I also tried to avoid the fact that I really did vote in favour of Bill C-51.”

The True Fact Wire asked Vaughan why he made the shift from journalism to politics ten years ago. “I didn’t get into politics to sit in a council chamber or the House of Commons. I got into politics to get real things done. And I’ll tell you something, the reason I’m still in politics is because I found that things that are real do get done in political contexts. That’s a record I’m proud of. Really.”

Laureen Harper Stops Pandering to White People Long Enough to Pander to South Asian People

Laureen Harper - More Dignified

Laureen Harper in more dignified times.

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During a campaign stop in Brampton on Wednesday evening, Laureen Harper gyrated awkwardly to Bollywood music in an attempt to convince a room full of South-Asian Canadians to vote against their interests. Early reports suggest that the tactic was largely successful.

The strategy contrasts starkly with the previous evening when she tried to convince a room full of lower- and middle-class white people to vote against their interests. On Tuesday evening in Timmins, ON, Mrs. Harper took part in an all-Nickleback karaoke evening. Sources confirm that she made broad and ominous statements about Muslims and was wearing a Rush t-shirt.

When asked about the event in Brampton, Mrs. Harper confirmed that the event was a welcome change. “It was nice to pander to someone else tonight,” Harper said. “The last few weeks we’ve been going pretty hard after the xenophobic white vote, and it gets exhausting. Pandering is like so many other things: sometimes a change is as good as a rest.”

When asked what’s next on the campaign trail, Mrs. Harper expressed some regret that they will be returning to pandering to white people. “I was really hoping that we’d get a chance to pander to Toronto’s black community later this week. I’ve been working on my freestyling and I’m at a point now where I think my flow is pretty dope. But the campaign strategists think that even my fly rhymes won’t be enough to get the black community to vote against their interests. So that campaign stop has been scrapped.”

True Facts Wire has received unconfirmed reports that Mrs. Harper’s rapper name is MC Sweater-Ve$t.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Mrs. Harper’s rapper name with an “s” instead of a dollar sign. True Facts Wire apologizes for the error.

Canadians Actually Tolerant of Niqab Since the Alternative “Requires Shitting on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms”: University of Ottawa Researcher

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (left), depicted next to a poo emoji.

According to a new survey by political science researcher Sharon Chung, Canadians are tolerant of niqabs, “as long as they understand that banning them can only be accomplished by dolloping shit on our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Chung says her research is a response to a well-publicized government survey found that 82% of Canadians favoured a policy that forbids Muslim women from covering their face during a citizenship ceremony. However, that survey was completed before the Supreme Court ruled that the niqab ban is unconstitutional. The court determined that the ban violates of our freedom of religion and our right to free expression. Nevertheless, Conservative leader Stephen Harper continues to cite this survey as evidence for the wisdom of the niqab ban.

Chung thought that the Supreme Court ruling might affect how Canadians felt about the niqab ban. “In order to make the ban constitutional, we would either need to give up our freedom of expression, freedom of religion, or make an explicit exception for Muslim women” Chung said. “I wanted to know if Canadians would still favour the ban even after they knew that it would mean scribbling out the majority of the Charter with a big stinky shit-pencil.”

Chung’s results indicate that this excremental detail does indeed matter. Chung created two versions of her survey. In the first, respondents were only asked whether they supported the niqab ban, with no mention of the Charter. This group responded similarly to those in the government survey quoted by Harper: 79% of people supported the ban. In the second version of the survey, Chung asked respondents the same question, but only after explaining that the ban would require a trade-off. “I informed participants that the only way such a ban could be made legal was if we first smeared our rights and freedoms with a generous Nutella-like layer of vile human feces.” In this second group of people, the opinions were completely reversed: only 11% favoured the ban and the remaining 89% of people said they would tolerate women wearing the niqab at citizenship ceremonies.

Chung says that her research “provides evidence of the value that Canadians place on their basic human rights, even in an environment of baseless fear mongering and rampant political shit-eating.”

When pressed, Chung confirmed that the survey completed by her participants did not contain references to excrement, human or otherwise. “The survey was designed to meet the highest scientific standards, which unfortunately does not typically involve poo-related metaphors or similes.”