For anyone who follows politics, the Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner is a welcome change.
For just a brief moment, federal party leaders of all stripes stop the finger pointing and petty heckling to actually let loose with some lighthearted, self-deprecating humour. And this year, our public officials certainly didn’t disappoint.
Thomas Mulcair, for example–the outgoing leader of the NDP–definitely showed a more colourful side of himself at the event than the prim-and-proper image we’re used to seeing.
“It’s great to be here at the press gallery dinner, because unlike every other person here today, I give zero f–ks,” he said. After a speech loaded with digs at pollsters, the press and himself, he ended his tirade with “Mulcair out” and dropped the mic.
Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, meanwhile, took aim at Stephen Harper.
“A Conservative leader talking to journalists?!” she said, referencing the fact that this was the first time in 12 years that a Conservative leader had spoken during the press gallery dinner. “Stephen Harper told me not to do it. And if I did do it, to tell all of you to go to hell.”
Justin Trudeau also targeted another politician with most of his jokes: U.S. President Barack Obama.
“There’s been a lot of talk about my bromance with President Barack Obama, how I look up to him, how I have so much to learn from him,” he said. “And I’m like, Barack, you are absolutely right. Thank you for pointing it out…again.”
While it was definitely great to see a more comical side of Canada’s politicians, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was the one who really stole the show. She made headlines recently after asking for more staff to help out with her parliamentary duties, and received some backlash for it on social media. So when she took to the stage, Sophie called on four members of Trudeau’s staff to roll out a yoga mat for her. She then struck a pose that poked fun at the viral photo of her husband, which showed Justin suspending himself over a table.
Afterwards, her routine got even better. Sophie sang a song titled “It’s all about me,” and that’s really what had everyone laughing. You can check it out in full in the video below: