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Streeters

Neil MacDonald

Two of the best reasons for following Canadian politics are the CBC's "Royal Canadian Air Farce" and "This Hour Has 22 Minutes." Rick Mercer's solo rants and raves from "22 Minutes" have now been compiled into his new book Streeters (Doubleday Canada). It contains Mercer's rants from October 1993 to November 1997 and covers everything from Mike Harris in a Speedo to "Canuba," a sovereignty association between Canada and Cuba (this would allow us to say to the USA: "We've got you surrounded!"). Mercer's wit and intelligence are always entertaining, but as his diatribes reveal the often inane behaviour of our political leaders, such rants as "No Revolution, Please, We're Canadian" remind us of our own culpability. Unfortunately, Mercer's rants only last for one or two minutes on TV, which translates into one or two pages in the book and makes Streeters an enjoyable but too-quick read.

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