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The Harper-Mulcair Rivalry Is Getting Absolutely Bonkers

09/25/2015 04:00 EDT | Updated 10/21/2015 06:59 EDT

Thursday's French-language leaders' debate was a chaotic mix of shouting, hectic on-the-fly translating and heated discussions on controversial issues.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair engaged in some good ol' verbal fisticuffs and their body language mirrored their linguistic jabs.

But as the debate raged on, the rivalry between Harper and Mulcair turned indubitably bonkers.

Here's what you missed while the cameras were locked on the other leaders present (Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, Gilles Duceppe and Gilles Duceppe's eyes).

First they started bickering about hockey:

By law, all Canadian debate podiums come stocked with foam fingers. This was introduced in the Fair Elections Act.

Then they got hungry:

"Canadians want change, Mr. Harper," shouted Mulcair. "Your burgers are of a bygone era."

Both Harper and Mulcair said that they were the true Fisherman's Friend:

"Thanks to our government's low taxes, this big fish, and millions of other fish like it, can save more money for what's important: Blue Jays playoff tickets." Harper said.

The two leaders kept insisting that only their parties had the fanciest drinks:

"The country needs a strong, national, stable, delicious martini government," Harper remarked.

The conversation quickly turned to cellphones:

"I HAD A BLACKBERRY BEFORE HOUSE OF CARDS WAS A THING, TOM," Harper said.

Of course, Star Wars was brought into the discussion:

"WHY AREN'T WE HOLDING THESE PROPERLY?" asked Mulcair.

"AND WHY ARE THEY SO SMALL?" Harper fired back.

It got loud when they took a snack:

"RUFFLES!!!" exclaimed the NDP leader.

And it got raucous when the moderator asked about pets:

"PUPPIES!!!" bellowed Harper.

Luckily, toward the end of the debate, the two leaders managed to find some common ground when they were asked about their favourite doughnut:

"HONEY CRULLER!!!" the two leaders shouted in unison.

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