A group of dissatisfied US voters have made it their mission to draft Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the US Presidential election.
Prime Minister Trudeau – who came to power in Canada last year – has put equality at the heart of his leadership: championing LGBT rights and feminism, appointing a diverse, expert-led gender-balanced cabinet, speaking out against homophobia, and making history by marching at Pride.
It appears that his principles have also gone down well across the border – as he was accosted by two men during a trip to New York
Apparently unsatisfied with the current field of US Presidential candidates, the two men approached Mr Trudeau in a New York delicatessen.
In the clip, the men confess how “terrible” the current slate of Presidential hopefuls are, and literally beg the Canadian leader to run.
They said: “All those guys are so bad. They’re so terrible. Please. They’re boring, weird… we have to settle for them.”
While the Constitution states that the President must be a “natural born US citizen”, that hasn’t stopped Republican Ted Cruz – who was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother, but whom has US citizenship.
When Mr Trudeau points out his is ineligible, the men persevere: “We’ll do anything. We’re begging you…. we’re literally begging you.”
Though amused by the pair, Mr Trudeau did not take the occasion to launch his campaign.
— Stephen Ward (@_stephenward) March 17, 2016
Justin Trudeau dans un resto de Manhattan. Ces 2 Américains le supplient de se lancer dans la course présidentielle! pic.twitter.com/QgrrEdVaIj
— Marie-Joëlle Parent (@mariejoelle) March 17, 2016
He joked: “I don’t know if you noticed, but I actually have a job, and it’s a pretty good one.”
Some have speculated that the pair – filmed by a number of conveniently-placed journalists – may be pranksters, but given the ‘Canada Party’ running for election, the sentiment is very real.