06/18/2014 11:04 EDT | Updated 06/18/2014 11:59 EDT

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


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.

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