My Favourite Ridings
Conservative Member of Parliament John Baird. What’s her problem?
There’s an election on the horizon. I hope everyone intends to vote. If you guys don’t vote, I’m going to have to kill this kitten (holds up basket containing adorable kitten with pink bow). I obviously don’t want to, but if you don’t vote, you’ll be leaving me no choice. It will be hard, but… (looks into kitten’s enormous eyes). Okay. I’m not going to kill the kitten, but I still hope you all vote.
I don’t even care who you vote for. Well, that’s not true. But I’d actually prefer it if you voted for someone I didn’t support rather than stay at home and allow the media commentators to say that young people don’t vote and Canadians don’t care about their government.
So in honour of the upcoming election, here’s a list of some of the best federal riding names and what they could alternatively be used for. I mean no disrespect to the places themselves. Rather, I think all these names are pretty awesome.
Crowfoot (Alberta)– Hogwarts professor
Bramalea-Gore-Malton (Ontario)– Rich old lady who gets bumped off at the beginning of Agatha Christie mystery
Medicine Hat (Alberta)– Where granny hides her pills when she goes to church
Burnaby-Douglas (British Columbia)– Charles Dickens protagonist
Elmwood-Transcona (Manitoba)– Setting of misguided horror movie cross-over
Glengary-Prescot-Russel (Ontario)– First-names of leaders of Phi Sigma Nu fraternity
Nickel Belt (Ontario)– “Sorry, did I hear you needed five cents? Just one moment…Voila!”
Vegreville-Wainwright (Alberta)– Rufus’s saucy French-Canadian cousin
Simcoe-Grey (Ontario)– Nothing better on a chilly afternoon than a steaming cup of Simcoe-Grey
Fundy-Royal (Manitoba)– A monarch who is both evangelical and a hoot to hang out with
Thunder Bay-Rainy River (Ontario)– Does that help tourism, guys?
Wild Rose (Alberta)– Paint colour or burlesque dancer
Cardigan (Prince Edward Island)– Cozy
Jeanne-Le Ber (Quebec)– Late-1980’s Celine Dion rival
Madawaska-Restigouche (New Brunswick)– Just fun to say
Cypress Hills-Grasslands (Saskatchewan)– Suburban development for which cypresses, hills and grasslands were paved over
Louis-Saint-Laurent (Quebec)– Yves’ unfashionable and therefore unemployable younger brother
Blackstrap (Saskatchewan)– Kind of sexy
Brant (Ontario)– Combination of Brent and Brad, number one baby name for boys in 2014
Brandon-Souris (Manitoba)– Hunky actor, romantic lead to Reese Witherspoon
Avalon (Newfoundland and Labrador)–Cos-play festival