Game of Thrones Meets Canadian Politicians

GotI recently found an article portraying election party leaders as The Game of Thrones characters. Needless to say, the comparison was brilliant! I decided to expand on the article by supporting some of the statements with corresponding legislation and my own thoughts. If you aren’t up to date with the show, there are some spoilers.

Harper; Joffrey Baratheon

Harpers government has been known to swiftly remove individuals who oppose their regime and ideals. One may argue Bill C-51: The Anti-terrorist Act, Bill C-24: The Citizenship Act and the niqab debate have resulted in an “us vs. them” mentality. The article states that Harper is largely disliked by many. Some women argue that Harper’s government lacks respect for women. For instance, many Aboriginals argue that not enough has been done to protect and find missing Aboriginal women. Finally, opposing politicians have argued that Harper (much like Joffrey) has disgraced the global perception of Canadians due to his choices. Nevertheless, unlike Joffrey, Harper still has a strong following.

Jon_Snow_and_Ghost Trudeau; Jon Snow

Trudeau has a famous father and aims to bring a new approach to politics. Like Snow, Trudeau was underestimated by his seniors but has become a leader to many of his followers. Trudeau portrays himself as a teacher, advocate and leader – all of these qualities are possessed by Snow. Trudeau claims to be concerned about climate change, like Snow, he too acknowledges “winter is coming”. Trudeau argues that supporting the Anti-terrorism Act was a means of survival; he felt forced to support the legislation to protect Canadians against ISIS but claims he will amend the bill once in power. Similarly, Snow had worked with the opposing group (the Wildings) for survival as he took up arms against the white walkers to protect others.

khaleesi

May; Khaleesi

Khaleesi: a powerful woman with great plans for empowering the vulnerable members of society. She advocates for the homeless, displaced and marginalized individuals in society. She wants to provide homes, a safe environment and protection for Canadians by improving the National Housing Strategy and implementing her Guaranteed Liveable Income. She is creating a strong and loyal following based on her social policies. However, much like Khaleesi, she is overlooked by her male counterparts.

TyrionMulcair; Tyrion Lannister

Mulcair has considerably more political experience than his opponents. He has demonstrated opposition to the throne (Harpers government) by opposing bills such as the Anti-Terrorism Act. He has compassion for marginalized individuals within the community and is often close to but never on the throne – however, that can change in this election. He claims to be willing to work with the green party to create the change he believes Canada needs. Similarly, Tyrion is willing to work with Khaleesi to create as well. Finally, if Mulcair doesn’t win the election, much like Tyrion, this probably won’t be the last you hear of him.

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Points of Discussion:

  1. Are these characters a good fit?
  2. What else would you add to each of these characters?

The original article link: http://www.joeydevilla.com/2015/10/12/game-of-thrones-canadian-elections-edition/

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6 comments

  1. I really liked the way the characters fit to the individual politicians.. Especially Khaleesi and bits of Jon Snow. I do think the critique shows whoever made these associations who they support and who they do not. I scoff at Juston Trudeau’s remark regarding C-51 because we all know there is no such thing as a politician being a “victim”. He supported it now face your consequences and stop making it seem like you were bullied. Aside from the “his father was famous” and “no one believed in him as a leader at first” I have a hard time believing Juston Trudeau is the virtous Jon Snow.

    Tyrian is a witty and smart politician who knows how to play the game… I don’t really know if Tom Mulcair is one to play the game. He has been wish washing on policy without a firm answer on things.

    Everyone keeps blamimg the other’s policies rather than themselves.

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    1. I’m glad you like the comparison. I thought it would be nice to add some humor to the serious discussion. No one fits their character completely but there are some overlapping attributes that reflect the characters. Politics are always complicated and by no means was this article meant to simplify their platforms. You’re clearly up to date with the political realm and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on upcoming pieces. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! I hope to hear more from you in the future. Cheers!

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