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22 Reasons Why Rick Mercer Should Be Newfoundland's Next Premier

06/18/2014 11:04 EDT | Updated 06/18/2014 11:59 EDT
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Newfoundland and Labrador is facing a political crisis.

Frank Coleman, the sole candidate running to replace former premier Kathy Dunderdale as leader of the governing Progressive Conservatives, quit the race Monday over a "significant and challenging family matter."

So who will ride in on a white steed to rescue the resource-rich province from its political malaise?

Allow us to suggest a name: Rick Mercer.

We know he has no political experience, and that he's shown little to no desire to enter the arena himself. But in our opinion, he has the grit, the smarts and the public profile to warrant some consideration for the province's highest office.

Here are 22 reasons why we think Rick Mercer should be the next premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • He'd be one of Canada's top tourist attractions
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    A crack-smoking mayor would be no match for a wise-cracking premier!
  • Question period would be comedy hour
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    Newfoundland and Labrador's House of Assembly would become a house of laughs with him in charge.
  • He's cultured
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  • He's close to power
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  • He can beat back Canadian stereotypes
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  • He even has his own ice cream
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  • He can influence public opinion on a whim...
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  • And act as a sounding board for ignorance
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  • He can make mincemeat of the powerful...
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  • And catch others completely off guard
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  • Oh, he got this guy too
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    Al Gore didn't correct Mercer when he identified Toronto as Canada's capital city.
  • He's a class act
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    He declined a Gemini Award nomination for his show "Talking to Americans" after the 9/11 attacks.
  • He's on the right side of almost every issue
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  • Be it bullying...
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  • Fear-mongering...
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  • Online spying...
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  • Or the flu shot
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  • And he never holds back what he really thinks
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  • We'd love to see how he handles the seal hunt
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  • And oil production
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  • Politics don't always work out for media personalities
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    Rex Murphy has thrice stood for election. The first time he dropped out and he was defeated the next two times.
  • But Rick Mercer is not Rex Murphy
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    He is funnier, more articulate, better informed and, frankly, just easier to listen to than the CBC pundit.
  • Besides, he looks every bit the statesman
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    So why couldn't he play the part?

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