It seems Stephen Harper's Twitter account may finally be getting interesting.
On Wednesday, Harper sent NDP Thomas Mulcair a cheeky, Seinfeld-inspired tweet after a particularly boisterous question period.
The message? "Serenity now" and a link to a YouTube clip of George Costanza's father Frank yelling the phrase in one of Seinfeld's most famous episodes.
Harper had obliquely referenced the episode, in which Frank misunderstands the message of a relaxation tape, during question period earlier in the day. Responding to a question from Mulcair, Harper said "At this time of merry Christmas, I wish serenity now to all members of the House."
Harper didn't stop with just one tweet.
He followed up with the same message, except this time he CC'd the Mulcair parody account @AngryTomMulcair. The NDP leader is notorious for having a nasty temper.
While Mulcair has yet to respond, the parody account was quick to get in on the action, sending a retort linking to an animated clip from the popular wesbite JibJab showing Mulcair, dressed as an elf, dancing in the House of Commons. You can see all the tweets in the slideshow below.
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The exchange plays on two recent trends: 1. Harper attempting to be more human on his Twitter account and 2. Increased attention for declining decorum in the House of Commons.
This is the second time in recent weeks Harper has cracked a joke on Twitter, a venue he usually reserves for posting press releases and photos of himself smiling with constituents.
At the end of November, the PM responded to the uproar over the outfit pop star Justin Bieber wore when meeting with him by tweeting, "In fairness to @justinbieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too."
That tweet went viral, receiving nearly 10,000 retweets.
The Seinfeld tweet hasn't been nearly as popular, but it had received a respectable 168 retweets at the time this story was posted.
Harper's tweet also touches on the recent bad behaviour of MPs.
Mulcair was recently involved in a heated, profanity-laced, exchange in the House of Commons with Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan. Van Loan, angry at a motion filed by his NDP counterpart Nathan Cullen, crossed the floor and confronted both Cullen and Mulcair.
The incident, and the heated tone of Wednesday's question period, led Speaker Andrew Scheer to read a statement in the House calling for MPs to "make greater efforts to curb disorder and unruly behaviour."
Perhaps Harper's playful tweet is an attempt to use humour to do just that.
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