John Oliver condemned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Last Week Tonight on Sunday in an attempt to steer people away from re-electing him.


After mentioning some of the candidates running for the seat of Canadian Prime Minister in this year’s elections, Oliver spent a majority of the show bashing the current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

“Harper’s government has passed numerous laws weakening Canada’s environmental protections,” Oliver said. “They’ve scaled back health care for some refugees, which a federal court called cruel and unusual.” He went on to talk about Harper’s views on Muslims in Canada, which is less than admirable. “Harper’s ugliest tendency is perhaps his pandering to Islamaphobes. Earlier this year, his government passed a law called the “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Culture Practices Act,” stiffening penalties for things like “honor killing” and polygamy despite the fact both those were already illegal in Canada, and then a few weeks ago they suggested a “barbaric cultural practices’ hotline, despite the fact 9-1-1 continues to exist in Canada, and this is on top of the fact that they want to ban women from wearing the niqab while taking the oath of citizenship, a decision that Harper justified during a French language debate like this.”

Oliver then played a video of Harper speaking about this issue, saying, “I would never tell my daughter that a woman should cover her face because she’s a woman. I would never say that.”

“Okay, for a start, if Stephen Harper’s daughter is covering her face it’s probably because she understandably does not want to be seen in public with Stephen f—ing Harper,” Oliver said, the crowd applauding. He explained how this choice to wear the niqab was one women were making on their own, and that no one has the right to take their freedom to do so away.

An interview with a woman who is part of a Canadian Muslim group spoke to a reporter about wearing the niqab while taking the oath, and why she chose to live in Canada in the first place. “I actually chose this country for the reason is it provides me with the freedom of my, to practice on my religion, as well,” she said. The woman and her group even sued Harper over this and won.

Oliver had another anecdote that might sway them. “He has a band,” Oliver said, “A terrible, terrible band.” He then played a video of Harper and his band, the Van Cats, playing a poor version of Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline.”

“Picture your next-door neighbor,” Oliver said. “You may not be great friends with her, but you’d be sad if she started dating a complete, and utter d—khead. Well, Canada is America’s next-door neighbor and Stephen Harper is her d—khead boyfriend.”

Oliver wished that he could tell the people of Canada how they should vote in the upcoming election but as it is, it is illegal to do so. The penalty for doing so includes a $5,000 fine or six months in jail.

“You think I’m scared of six months in Canadian prison?” Oliver asked. “And as for your $5,000 fine, I can’t imagine a better way to spend 5,000 Canadian Dollars,” he said as he pulled out a stack of bills and proceeded to the next room where he instructed Canadian citizens on how they should vote while a beaver played “Sweet Caroline” on keyboard, a moose received a colonoscopy under “Canada’s fantastic single-payer health care system,” and Mike Meyers came riding out on a snow plow dressed as a mountee. “Yes, it doesn’t get more Canadian!” Oliver said, absolutely elated.

Mike Meyers said a few words about his motherland, and then chimed in with Oliver as they threw their Canadian Dollars into the air.

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