If a politician promised you a puppy, would you vote for them?

University of Calgary student Ben Cannon landed the role of Student Union vice president student life after promising a 'puppy room' to students as a key part of his campaign platform.

“Work on the puppy room starts tomorrow,” Cannon told the Gauntlet, moments after his win.

“If I don’t follow through on the puppy room, I’m going to be hung in the south courtyard,” he joked.

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  • Jonathan

    @sexcannon Wait, you ran your campaign on a "puppy room" platform? That's genius. I'd vote for you for public office if you promised me that

  • Reverend Bluejeans

    What sort of puppies would you have in your room ;-) #itsadogslife #studentshaveittough(not) http://t.co/OWcaUgkbe4

  • Coral Victoria

    Puppy rooms in universities? I vote yes! #puppies #stress #highered http://t.co/2ndthLetVK via @guardian

  • Dalhousie University's "Puppy Room"

    Thanks to the Dalhousie Student Union, Dal students got the chance to spend a little quality time with some canine companions from Therapeutic Paws of Canada during exam season. Learn more at: www.dal.ca

  • Celia

    If La Verne had a puppy room that would solve like 70% of my problems.

  • Metal Princess \m/

    @GoogleFacts if York university had a puppy room i would skip class just to play with the puppies & then this would become an @YorkUProblems

  • Lindsay Reid

    Happy to offer my office for the cause - Puppy room promise leads to landslide victory for UofC student http://t.co/Fs529ATFLI

  • Kai rhymes with k

    WANT rt @metrocalgary ‘Puppy room’ promise leads to landslide victory for University of Calgary student. http://t.co/dPg0eb5xbR #yyc

  • Sustainable Calgary

    I can RT based on how adorable a thing is, right? RT @metrocalgary ‘Puppy room’ promise leads 2 landslide victory.. http://t.co/qbb5es8STK

  • Regan Harder

    why can't @RyersonU have this .. http://t.co/JLrAQhVMOR

  • Gabbi Foreman

    #whyvotegabbi #AcademicOfficer 12. I want to bring a puppy room on campus during stressful times in the academic calendar #ARUelection

  • Stephen

    @AndrewU92 A #puppyroom should be mandatory in All schools lol

  • Puppy room set up at Canadian university

    Dalhousie University's student union is opening a puppy room next week where students can spend time with dogs, including Roc, a loveable St Bernard. "They can come in and sit down, they can pat the dogs, talk to the dogs," St Bernard owner Mark Grant told CBC News. "That's our hope ... that the dogs will bring as much comfort to the individuals that we're going to meet as the individuals will bring to the dogs." The puppy room idea came from Montreal's McGill University, which has a similar dog therapy program. According to CTV News the animals will be provided by Therapeutic Paws Canada, which usually brings them to nursing homes, hospitals and schools. Dalhousie is bringing several kinds of dogs to campus, including a Labradoodle, a Sheltie, a Papillon and a Golden Retriever. "It's a great idea," said Dalhousie student Michael Kean, who proposed the puppy room idea. "There's no downfall about therapy dogs. "Students, we're stressed out, don't know what to do, and they're fluffy. It comes down to that."

Cannon's puppy promise was based on an idea adopted by other Canadian universities, who brought cute canines to campus to help reduce student stress levels.

“It was probably my greatest selling point with students,” Cannon told Metro Calgary. “Everybody seems very keen on the idea.”

Dalhousie University was the first school to experiment with a 'puppy room' last fall, and it was a huge hit.

More than 500 students took time to visit dogs brought to campus by a local chapter of animal therapy organization, Therapeutic Paws Of Canada. The school also shuttled students to the nearby SPCA so they could spend time with animals there.

Debbie Bruckner with the U of C Wellness Centre told Metro the university is working with Cannon to figure out how to bring dogs to campus.

“It sounds kind of like a silly idea at first but it’s proven scientifically, I mean, it raises your dopamine levels in your brain, lowers your blood pressure. There’s just something about it – there’s a reason why dogs are a man’s best friend,” Cannon told CBC Calgary of the healthful benefits behind the idea.

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