Posted by: Jennifer | March 9, 2006

for sale: one political party, slightly damaged and used

Have you ever wanted to be the head of a major political party in Canada? Here’s your chance:

Asserting that the top job in the federal party that held power in Ottawa for the past 13 years is “not the prize that it once was,” Canadian satirist Rick Mercer told his television audience Tuesday night that he had put a Liberal leadership kit up for sale on eBay.

The kit includes a 15-minute conference call with the staff of The Rick Mercer Report to help the winning bidder craft a campaign message and the use of the show’s colour printer for “photos and such. Ink cartridge is running low on magenta.”

By late afternoon yesterday — 72 bids later — the kit that drew an opening bid of $15 bid had garnered an offer of more than $24,000. A scant two hours later, after 101 bids, the bidding was up to $16-million. The auction closes Tuesday.

Seriously, how cool is this? Can you imagine the Americans doing something like this? This is a purely Canadian idea: hilarious, totally irresponsible, and exactly what needed to be done. I can’t wait to see who the winner is.


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