If there's one thing a long election campaign has proven it can do, it's generating comedic ammo for the Internet.
Even when the topic is federal budgets.
"A teeny tiny, modest little deficit." An animated Stephen Harper mocks Justin Trudeau's plan to run a deficit.Read more: www.cbc.ca/1.3205535
Posted by CBC Politics on Thursday, August 27, 2015
"Justin Trudeau says he doesn't have to explain how he would pay for his promises," said the very animated Harper, who was in Hamilton, Ont.
"Once again tens of billions of dollars of new spending, because as he famously announced, 'The budget will balance itself.' Do budgets balance themselves in Hamilton region here?"
"Well actually friends let's be fair, Justin is now changing his tune. He now says today he will run a deficit, a modest deficit. I guess it turns out, the budget doesn't balance itself."
Then, this happened:
Harper was mocking the idea of a "modest" deficit and wanted to emphasize that it was so "tiny" that you couldn't see it.
But his gesture was all the Internet needed. Things kicked off when Monique Muise, an editorial writer with the Montreal Gazette, uploaded a screengrab of Harper.
Release the memes!!! pic.twitter.com/46VxPUcLOp
— Monique Muise (@monique_muise) August 27, 2015
Then the memegates were opened:
— Adam Paolucci (@AdamPaolucci) August 27, 2015
— Sean D.B. Craig (@sdbcraig) August 27, 2015
— Cameron MacLeod (@c_9) August 27, 2015
— People First (@Pple1st) August 27, 2015
— Chris Markevich (@cmarkevich) August 27, 2015
— Andre Nantel (@nantel) August 27, 2015
— Sarah Head (@heradasha) August 27, 2015
— Ben Parsons (@bfaparsons) August 28, 2015
Even the Liberals got in on the action Friday:
— Liberal Party (@liberal_party) August 28, 2015
One user even uploaded the image of Harper to a meme generating website, to make it even easier for the web's denizens to participate.
We're on the lookout for more of these as they pop up, and we'll add the best ones that meet our humour-seeking gaze.
In case you were wondering, Canadians head to the polls on Oct. 19.
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