The mocking of Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay's "Albertastan" comment was fast and furious, and now there's a commemorative t-shirt to immortalize the reference.
Edmonton graphic designer Laura Lynn Johnston is selling shirts with "The People's Republic of Albertastan" emblazoned across the front — and proceeds will go to the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.
"It was kind of a fun joke that we could get on board with," Johnston told 660News, adding her decision to turn the graphic into a shirt came Wednesday night after a mock-up of the design she tweeted got more than 70 retweets.
"I’m not here to make money," she told the Edmonton Journal. "People in Edmonton have a great sense of humour and it’s a lot of fun."
To order your own shirt, visit her online shop.
MacKay's comments came after the Alberta NDP toppled the governing PC Party's 44 year reign Tuesday evening.
"It was more like a morgue. Someone said it was like — it's Albertastan now," MacKay said of Wednesday's tense PC caucus post-mortem.
His comments spread like wildfire, attracting ire and plenty of sarcasm on Twitter.
Check out some of the funniest quips:
Remember, in #NewAlbertastan, only approved wine is Red Wine. Orange-dyed Chardonnay also acceptable. No Rose Zinfandel allowed!— Workers' Paradise (@NewAlbertastan) May 8, 2015
Flying back to #Albertastan today - any new entry requirements? should I pack school supplies to give to the children?— Fred (@Dendritic_View) May 8, 2015
Breaking: Rachel Notley to name Borat as Lieutenant-Governor of Albertastan.May 8, 2015
Great Leader opens Highest Speed train. Get from Petrograd to Notleygrad, three days! No smoking in the vodka car. #NewAlbertastan— Jason Markusoff (@markusoff) May 7, 2015
Political scientists of #NewAlbertastan have determined that 44 years is ideal time for The Party to solve all problems and enact utopia.— Workers' Paradise (@NewAlbertastan) May 7, 2015
In Soviet Alberta, gas fracks you #NewAlbertastan— Kris Fruin (@fruinjuice) May 7, 2015
I stan! You stan! We all stan for #NewAlbertastan!— Dave Taylor (@davetaylor_AB) May 7, 2015
Albertastan has been invited to join the UN Security Council..... Canada, not so much #NewAlbertastan— Darren Garbutt (@Darren_Garbutt) May 8, 2015
Day 3 in #Albertastan: The snow has melted but the fog of communism still covers the land as far as the eye can see; blanketing all hope— Life In Albertastan (@KromradeAlberta) May 8, 2015
BREAKING: WEST EDMONTON MALL RENAMED WEST EDMONTON ASSET DISTRIBUTION CENTRE!!!! #ALBERTASTAN— Dr. Bruce Panner (@YukonHulk) May 7, 2015
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