01/31/2012 11:57 EST | Updated 01/31/2012 12:18 EST

22 Minutes Holds American Style NDP Leadership Debate (VIDEO)

Canadians often take pride in the civility of our political system in comparison to that of our southern neighbours.

Unfortunately, that civility often leads to painfully boring campaigns and debates.

While the Republican presidential hopefuls have been providing a non-stop stream of fodder for late night comics, most Canadians don't even know who the candidates for the leadership of the NDP are.

Enter "This Hour Has 22 Minutes."

The show asked the eight NDP contenders to act like Republicans for a more hilarious version of the leadership debate in Halifax.

If only we could inject this sort of comedy into Canadian campaigns without adding all the crazy too.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes airs Tuesdays at 8:30 pm on CBC TV. Catch more clips of the show on Facebook and Twitter.