Friday, February 20, 2009

Kirk for PM

Much thanks to my blog buddy Patrick H who sent me this article about Shatner's desire to be PM of Canada. Here is my opinion on the subject. Canada has very few celebrities that we actually revere. We tend to give our praise to people who are famous for doing heroic things in our history like Normal Bethune or Banting and Best (who discovered Insulin). Not since the 1970s and the political career of Pierre Trudeau did we have a politician that received the enthusiasm of the voters like a rock star. Love him or hate him he was charismatic. Now I was one who always claimed that Shatner should have died after Star Trek because he would never be as good an actor or a beautiful a man as we was as Captain Kirk. His post Trek career was always ripe for satire (Mackenzie Park anyone)? I even have that record album (????) of Shatner's stage speeches. But it was after he did that famouse SNL skit where he asked a Star Trek conventioneer if he has ever kissed a girl that he kinda redeemed himself in my eyes. He was comfortable enough to mock his own identity. And since all the Priceline ads and the awesome role he played on Boston Legal as Denny Crane I have a totally new respect for him. So why not PM? He is comfortable in front of the camera and would rally other celebs to causes that Canada needs to face and he has a healthy colon from all that All-Bran. His negotiations with Priceline would benefit us all when he uses the power of his office to get us the lowest prices on hotel room and airline flights. Like the French PM he seems to hang out with young hot women and that can only be good for us - sweaters and boots. Despite what he says, he would be a good Governor General too since the position is all shmoozing and he can schmooze with the best of them. We are almost a celeb phobic culture and we need to toot our own horn about our own greatness more than we do. The best part about being a Canadian is that we can enjoy all the best of American while not actually having to be Americans. Now I love my Yankee brothers but at least the most 'hillbilly' we get are my relatives from BC. Still we are jealous of your Barack. Shat is no comparison but lets roll the dice bitches. After all according to that Discovery Channel documentary he DID save the world!

William Shatner wants to be Prime Minister of Canada.

"The 'Star Trek' actor, who played Captain Kirk in the hit sci-fi TV show, is planning to make a dramatic career change and help lead his native country. The 77-year-old star said: "My intention is to be Prime Minister of Canada, not Governor General, which is mainly a ceremonial position." Shatner revealed his lofty ambition in response to a letter from a fan who urged him to put himself forward for the Governor General of Canada. The Governor General is appointed by the monarch - which in Canada is currently Queen Elizabeth II - to perform the constitutional duties of the sovereign on her behalf. In his letter, Shatner regretfully added: "I must, with my deepest thanks, turn down your honourable intent to advance me as Governor General. Besides which, I don't have time to be Governor General." Despite his busy schedule, the actor is confident he has what it takes to run the country, explaining: "As Prime Minister I can lead Canada into even greater exploits."

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