As October 21 draws nearer, tensions are running high for all of Canada’s major party politicians. Between international controversy, social media feuds, and leaders’ debate zingers, it would be fair to say that things have gotten a little unpleasant during this election. However, one Green Party candidate is doing his best to change that and is starting with a hilarious video on Twitter.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday morning, Green Party Candidate for Toronto-Danforth, Chris Tolley, shared a tongue-in-cheek video of himself knocking on doors to canvas votes. Making light of the comment that the Greens are a ‘one issue party,’ the video shows Tolley explaining why they are not, over a period of about 24 hours.
The video is particularly funny for anyone who has had a political candidate at their door since the federal campaign period started, and has felt like they literally might never, ever leave!
Sharing the video to his personal Twitter account, Tolley explained, “This has been a humourless election - let's inject some funny!”
This has been a humourless election - let's inject some funny! 😂 Would you #vote for a one-issue-party? [VIDEO]… https://t.co/dg1pTalBKA— Chris Tolley (@Chris Tolley)1571143334.0
The video was widely praised by Tolley’s followers and other Canadians on Twitter, with several people responding to the Green Party candidate to say how much they enjoyed the light-hearted way of sharing his party’s message.
One Twitter user wrote, “This is wonderful! Best way to spread campaign messages. So refreshing from all the "attacks."”
Another shared a similar message, adding, “This is good. Refreshing to see ads about what you’re for and not what you’re against.”
@christolley @ElizabethMay @CanadianGreens @SGIGreens @younggreenscan @JimHarris This is good. Refreshing to see ad… https://t.co/0s10tnEkoU— Lauren Elizabeth (@Lauren Elizabeth)1571148104.0
@christolley @ElizabethMay @CanadianGreens @SGIGreens @younggreenscan @JimHarris This is freakin' brilliant! Well done TorDan Greens! :)— Abhijeet Manay 🇨🇦 (@Abhijeet Manay 🇨🇦)1571144865.0
@christolley @ElizabethMay @CanadianGreens @SGIGreens @younggreenscan @JimHarris Love this.— Jeremy (@Jeremy)1571145083.0
@christolley @ElizabethMay @CanadianGreens @SGIGreens @younggreenscan @JimHarris I needed a laugh...thanks..— Navigating near-term climate tragedy (@Navigating near-term climate tragedy)1571145753.0
@christolley @Brookemartin_13 @ElizabethMay @CanadianGreens @SGIGreens @younggreenscan @JimHarris That's great work. Good luck!— Green Coast Alliance (@Green Coast Alliance)1571149474.0
Speaking to Narcity on Tuesday, Tolley said that he’d made the video to “inject a bit of levity and humour into this election.”
He explained, “I made this video because this campaign has been so, so serious, and at times a little nasty.” The Green Party candidate continued, “Many people at the door have told me that they have given up on politics, because of all the negativity.”
With all of the negativity that seems to be surrounding this federal election, winning people over with jokes and humour doesn't seem to be a bad idea at all!
Canadians will head to the polls on October 21.