NSYNC lyrics apply to everything, even in Canada. Canada’s recently-turned-Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s number one goal this election season was to make Canadians overlook his many, many failures in the last 10 years spent in office.
Harper and his team tried to use the distraction method to win elections this year, and their distraction of choice was “MUSLIMS ARE SCARY, RUN AWAY!” — and of course they chose to attack the niqab, which was so basic that even American college girls with their Ugg Boots and pumpkin spice lattes got offended.
Well, their basic-bitch ways completely backfired, and the Liberal party claimed a major victory on election day. They will be forming a majority of the government with Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, as their leader.
Canadians proved on Oct. 19 that the Great White North has no place for hate.
But they definitely have all the places for snarky Twitter reactions!
Our personal favorite…
Alongside general celebration and relief
Harper was even hated enough to get his own hashtag, #ThankYouStephenHarper.
Along with the funny and sarcastic comments, however, came some serious (and exciting) news too!
Ten Muslim MPs made it to Parliament in Ottawa yesterday even after the Conservative government campaigned on demonizing the Muslim community. Three of these Muslim members of Parliament were firsts: Ahmed Hussen, Majid Jowhari, Maryam Monsef became respectively the first Somali, Iranian and Afghan MPs to be elected in the Canadian Parliament.
So the 42nd Canadian federal election appears to be a win for minority groups, including the Muslim population. What the future holds for Canadians cannot be said with certainty but for now, we’ve got a party to attend. So long, Steve!
Written by Khalood Kibria
Images by The Associated Press, Twitter and Google