Tonight’s debate: the drinking game

Tonight, Canada’s four national mainstream party leaders (and one wildcard) will gather at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre for the English language debate. To occupy yourself while you twitter, and yell at the screen here’s the debate drinking game.

First, pick your poison.

If you support Stephane Dion, make sure you have some Château Pétrus on hand. Sip it slowly and savour it. If Stephen Harper is your guy, go to the corner store and get yourself some Coke Zero. Same great taste, zero calories. For those of you supporting Jack Layton, grab a can of Steelworkers Oatmeal Stout. Gilles Duceppe will be in the debate and without much of a clear purpose, if he’s your choice, just pour yourself something bitter. Finally, if you choose Elizabeth May finish your organic pomegranate with vodka and then go and mooch off of Dion. That Pétrus is some good stuff, and though and it won’t give you a hangover unlike the one that came after that thirteen year bender when the Liberals were drunk with power.

And now the rules:

If Jack Layton references the initiatives of one of his MPs, take a drink.

If Elizabeth May calls an idea/policy/person “stupid”/”ridiculous”/”outrageous” take a drink.

If Stephen Harper talks about the fundamentals of the Canadian economy take a drink.

If a leader says “George Bush” take a drink.

If Stephen Harper says “George Bush” finish the bottle and keep drinking til it stops hurting.

If a leader says in reference to Dion “you didn’t get it done”, “Mr. Dion doesn’t think it’s easy to make priorities” take a drink.

If Dion says “this is unfair”, finish the bottle.

Every time Duceppe puts the emphAsis on the wrong SyllAble take a drink.

Every time Dion seeks clarification take a drink.

If Jack Layton says “corporate tax cuts”, “boardroom/kitchen table”, “Ed Broadbent”, “Tommy Douglas”, “hope/change”, “working families”, “big oil/gas/pharma/banks” take a drink.

If Jack Layton says “big labour”, “big ass” or “Barack Obama” finish the bottle.

If Elizabeth May/Jack Layton/Stephane Dion cite Al Gore or David Suzuki take a drink.

If Stephen Harper cites Al Gore or David Suzuki finish the bottle.

Every time Harper/Layton tag-team Dion take a drink. Every time Dion/May tag-team Harper take a drink.

Anytime anyone tag-teams anyone with Duceppe, finish the bottle.

Every time Steve Paikin brings out his pleasant non-offensive wit, take a drink.

If Steve Paikin makes an off-colour joke, finish the bottle.

Add your own in the comments, and… please drink responsibly.

Comments

comments

  • AtlanticJim

    What's really sad is that my sister called from vacationing in Paris and said she could not get the TV to work so she could not watch the debate tonight. I was pretty surprised she was going to bother with Steve, Steph, Jack, Lizzie and the traitor. She asked me what I meant and told her the debate was tonight.

    She meant Palin/Biden…………………….

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I love it – I'll be drinking every time:

    - Jack Layton mentions 'Canadian Families'
    - Stephane mentions his party's track record on the economy
    - Douceppe, May, Dion on Layton mentions 'Big Oil'

    And taking a handful of popcorn every time:

    - Dion mentions his party's cancelled Childcare Plan

  • Gabby in QC

    Hey! What about Canadian (read Liberal) values?

    Climate change crisis?

    The urgency of this crisis?

    Stephen Harper! Stephen Harper! Stop Stephen Harper!

    The children! Think of the children!

    I'll take a ruby porto with that, please.

  • Liz J

    Let's keep this booze fest quiet, we don't want all the thirsty Liberal hacks from the media coming by, they're mighty dry with Harper in power. They're also tired from having to work for the scoops. In fact they're so tired they've given
    up and are now going into ancient history for stories about Harper.

  • Sammy

    I'm just drunk with anticipation!

  • Gabby in QC

    Yum! Great picture! But I don't see a conservative BLUE among those drinks.

    I'll take the slim tall green in the middle – not an ideological choice, I just like the colour.

    And my ruby red porto is not an ideological choice either.

    I'm dizzy already …

  • john g

    Drink if anybody references listeria. If Harper references listeria, finish the bottle then buy a Liberal party membership

  • Alan

    I'm adding a layer of facial Tan-In-A-Bottle every time Stephane Dion says “Laissez-fair, I-don't-care” and Jack Layton mention kitchen table/boardroom table. I'll be as orange as those two gentleman by 10pm.

  • Jen

    There are five party leaders:Dion-lib, layton-ndp, duceppe-bloc, PM-con, May-Green party; May-lib party. five people who believe everything is free or tax the hell of canadians.
    Dion to say he is worried about the economy well, there are banks and coorperations where the libs banked our money into for their own personal use. So, why complain Dion about the economy and the poor, get the dam money which you gave the MSM for their silence and from chretien paul martin and return it to the people.
    Layton wants to give free gifts to everyone free healthcare, houses, education and so and like he said on numerous occasions “the government will pay for it how well that is his trick while we all sit home and wait for our freeness especially when he plans to shut down the oil sands.
    So Stephen Taylor, which one appeals to you work for your living or stay home and wait for paychecks from the “the ndp government”

    On September 14th on CPAC layton spoke to a asian reporters in BC, during the conversation, layton told these reporters that he wrote to OBAMA regarding to NAFTA. Now isn't this interfering with the american election. can you imagine OBAMA telling his people that canadians want to do something about NAFTA without ever having to discuss it with the PMSH.
    I tried to get the tape but unable to do so. Can you get it Stephen T.

  • Jen

    There are five party leaders:Dion-lib, layton-ndp, duceppe-bloc, PM-con, May-Green party; May-lib party. five people who believe everything is free or tax the hell of canadians.
    Dion to say he is worried about the economy well, there are banks and coorperations where the libs banked our money into for their own personal use. So, why complain Dion about the economy and the poor, get the dam money which you gave the MSM for their silence and from chretien paul martin and return it to the people.
    Layton wants to give free gifts to everyone free healthcare, houses, education and so and like he said on numerous occasions “the government will pay for it how well that is his trick while we all sit home and wait for our freeness especially when he plans to shut down the oil sands.
    So Stephen Taylor, which one appeals to you work for your living or stay home and wait for paychecks from the “the ndp government”

    On September 14th on CPAC layton spoke to a asian reporters in BC, during the conversation, layton told these reporters that he wrote to OBAMA regarding to NAFTA. Now isn't this interfering with the american election. can you imagine OBAMA telling his people that canadians want to do something about NAFTA without ever having to discuss it with the PMSH.
    I tried to get the tape but unable to do so. Can you get it Stephen T.

  • Gabby in QC

    I just saw in a news crawler that France is officially in recession. Are Dion, Layton, and Duceppe going to blame Harper for that too?

  • Gabby in QC

    I just saw in a news crawler that France is officially in recession. Are Dion, Layton, and Duceppe going to blame Harper for that too?

  • MaryT

    Next time have the leaders take a drink when they mention your items. Would any of them walk away sober.

  • Jimbo Jones

    This is a hoot! Good job.

    Cheers.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I liked that Harper didn't seem like he was selling or pandering. Just confident and straightforward.

    Best line was the “Stephane – you panicked – you made up a new econmic policy at a national leaders debate”

    The look on Dion's face said it all – the Liberal$ – caught with their hand in the cookie jar again!

  • Richard Ciano

    I counted 40 drinks and 3 finish the bottles.

  • http://www.tvo.org/fifthcolumn Mike Miner

    I watched the debate with a few friends, and we started drinking every time Harper said “Let’s be clear.” It made short work of the drinks.

  • http://www.tvo.org/fifthcolumn Mike Miner

    I watched the debate with a few friends, and we started drinking every time Harper said “Let’s be clear.” It made short work of the drinks.

  • Greg

    My wife watched the Palin- Biden debate, stone cold sober because of the lack of references to Bush. I watched the Canadian debate, and I'm just sobering up now. Pretty bad when the Canadian opposition has to rely on the Daily Kos for tactics

  • batb

    Hey, isn't Mike Miner one of the producers on TVO's The Agenda?

    No wonder he was watching for Stephen Harper’s “gaffes” and didn't seem to catch any of the other “leaders'”!!

    Of course the Prime Minister had to keep repeating “Let me be clear,” given that the other four participants never shut up. PMSH actually had to play to the viewers, seeing as May, Duceppe, Dion, and Layton pretty much kept up the off-the-cuff-out-of-line banter. There didn't seem to be a time when the Prime Minister could actually complete an answer before being interrupted and often cut off.

    Unfortunately, Steve Paikin seemed to have a difficult time keeping them in line. It wasn't so much a debate we saw as a free-for-all, four-against-one pile on.

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