The Canadian Imagination

What it means to be Canadian; examining and reworking Canada as a nation.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Happiness is ...

Prime Minister Paul Martin, Conservative leader Stephen Harper, and NDP leader Jack Layton are flying on an Executive Airbus to a Canadian leaders debate in Vancouver, when Martin turns to Harper and says: "You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out the window right now, and make someone very happy."

Harper shrugs: "They still make those? Not very cost-efficient; and far too much profit-potential in counterfeiting. Anyway, I could throw ten $100 bills out the window, and make ten people happy."

Layton grins, populist that he is: "Well, I could throw a hundred $10 bills out the window and make a hundred people happy."

At that the pilot tells his co-pilot to take over, stalks back to the main cabin, and tells the three of them: "Heck, why don't you all go jump out the window, and make millions of people happy?"


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