John Oliver reserved Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight to stress the importance of Monday’s major Canadian election — and violate Canadian law in the process.
The HBO host zoomed in on prime minister Stephen Harper who has managed to hold office for almost a decade, despite weakening environmental protections, scaling back health care for refugees, arguing that marijuana is worse than tobacco and, most notably, “pandering to Islamophobes.”
Particularly, Oliver outlined, “his government passed a law called the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, stiffening penalties for things like honor killing and polygamy, despite the fact that both those things were already illegal in Canada. Then, a few weeks ago, they suggested a ‘barbaric cultural practices hotline,’ despite the fact that 911 continues to exist in Canada. And this is on top of the fact that they once banned women from wearing the niqab while taking the oath of citizenship.”
Altogether, “Canada is America’s next-door neighbor, and Stephen Harper is her dickhead boyfriend — you know, the one she won’t split up with despite the fact that he tells her what to wear and makes her listen to his shitty, shitty band,” described Oliver, as Harper is actually in a band called the Van Cats.
Though it’s against Canadian law for non-residents to note to voters how to participate in the country’s elections, Oliver proceeded to dissuade viewers from voting for Harper, with animal mascots in the background and Canadian boldface Mike Myers on a snow plow up front.
“I love Canada. But the fact that it has a law banning outsiders from telling Canadians how to vote is one of the least Canadian things possible, said the actor. “Oh, and don’t vote for Stephen Harper.”
Oliver then poked fun at Kanye West’s comments of George W. Bush in 2005, saying, “Don’t do it, and I’ll tell you why: Stephen Harper doesn’t care about black people,” before clarifying, “Sorry, what I meant to say was, Stephen Harper doesn’t care about Muslim people.”
Watch the video below.