Mirth and the Canadian Media: Using humour for the personalization of Stephen Harper and Stéphane Dion

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Author: Ceri Au

Using media coverage and analyst commentary relating to the Mercer sleep-over at the Prime Minister’s official residence and the Dion performance during the Press Gallery Dinner, this paper will explore the intersection of political humour and political personalization on the Canadian political scene. Yet before embarking on a discussion of the impact of the Mercer skit and the Dion performance, it is important to understand the impact and extent of political personalization in the media

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