'The Party' takes a satirical look at Canadian politics
Published Sunday, May 1, 2011 8:55AM EDT
As the major parties geared up their election campaigns with promises to seniors, families and professionals, something funny happened on the way to the ballot box: the youth vote became an issue.
Since then, we've seen the "vote mob" movement, the rise of the NDP above the Liberals and an apparent political realignment for left-leaning Canadians.
At the forefront of this phenomenon is Sean Devlin, a Vancouver 20-something who helped launch this humorous (but very effective) website which has wracked up millions of hits since it went live near the middle of the campaign in April. It has a very naughty word, but if you search Google for "Harper did," you'll find it.
Devlin says the site is a direct attempt to target younger Canadians politically, and he thinks that it's part of an overall trend that will see more youth than ever vote.
"I have no doubt that I think it will be a record turnout for young Canadians, and I feel very confident about that," Devlin told CTV's Power Play on Friday.
"When they show up on Monday, we know some things will change."
Devlin's work is also being featured on CTV, with a five-part series called "The Party."
Airing each day on CTV News Channel and streaming here online, "The Party" is a bit like the comedy "The Office," except shorter and more political.
Devlin said that the series is an attempt to show the absurdity of political campaigns in a fresh way.
For example, Devlin says that if he tried to get a photo holding a stranger's baby on the street, general social mores would consider him "really weird."
Yet, politicians do it daily on the campaign trail.
While Devlin's current Harper website could be considered anti-Conservative, he doesn't mince words about the possibility of an NDP government.
"We would love to create a website to hold Mr. Layton accountable as our new prime minister," he said.