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Toronto's Metro Morning asked candidates to sing their own campaign carols. Here are few of those offerings.

Peter Kent, running for the Conservatives in St. Paul's
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Carolyn Bennett, running for the Liberals in St. Paul's
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Pauline Browse is the Conservative candidate in Scarborough-Guildwood
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Peter Coy is the Conservative hopeful in Eglinton-Lawrence
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Anne Bish, wife of the NDP candidate in Toronto Centre, Michael Shapcott
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John Godfrey is the liberal candidate in Don Valley West
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Bruce Rogers is the NDP candidate in Durham
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Well, it's that time of year again, time to stick things on our lawns and decide who's been naughty and who's been nice. And, of course, who will be rewarded. Naturally, we're talking about that wonderful annual event called election time. This precious time is fleeting, and really deserves to be celebrated. So, we're asking you to come up with a special song, a "carol" let's say, to honour it. Give us something based on that famous song for that other time of year, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Send it in by email, and feel free to include an MP3 version of your tune. We've included a sample to give you an idea of what we're looking for.

The Twelve Days of Campaigning

On the twelfth day of campaigning, democracy gave to me…
  • Twelve … beers and popcorn
  • Eleven… billion promised
  • Ten… frozen provinces
  • Nine… blathering bloggers
  • Eight… pundits puzzling
  • Seven… spinners spinning
  • Six… scandals sizzling
  • Five … per cent GST
  • Four … live debates
  • Three … day-care photo ops
  • Two … tiered health care
  • … and a politician in a bare tree.

E-mail us at canadavotes@cbc.ca to send your answer or suggest another topic for discussion.


On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me�

Twelve months of humming
Eleven Tories' stories
Ten teas a-steeping
Nine Liberals prancing
Eight NDPs pickling
Seven Bloc-heads brimming
Six goats displaying
Five token things
Four hopeful leaders
Three French friends
Two official tongues
A Grit, a Bloc and a Tory (and NDP)

- Janice Martin, Sudbury, Ont.

My roommate and I updated this song daily for the first 12 days of the campaign, and sent it out to our friends and family. We thought we were being very original. But it really seems that this has caught on like wildfire.

The twelve days of campaigning

On the first day campaigning, Stephen Harper said to me
Mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the second day campaigning, Stephen Harper said to me
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the third day campaigning, Gilles Duceppe said to me
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the fourth day campaigning, Stephen Harper said to me
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the fifth day campaigning, Stephen Harper said to me
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the sixth day campaigning, Stephen Harper said to me
Drugs in our churches
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the seventh day campaigning, Jack Layton said to me
Gotta have private clinics
Drugs in our churches
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the eighth day campaigning, Gilles Duceppe said to me
I'll wipe out the Liberals
Gotta have private clinics
Drugs in our churches
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the ninth day campaigning, Paul Martin said to me
Harper not a demon
I'll wipe out the Liberals
Gotta have private clinics
Drugs in our churches
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the tenth day campaigning, Stephen Harper said to me
Lord leaping for Harper
Harper not a demon
I'll wipe out the Liberals
Gotta have private clinics
Drugs in our churches
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the eleventh day campaigning, Paul Martin said to me
Gun ban nothing new
Lord leaping for Harper
Harper not a demon
I'll wipe out the Liberals
Gotta have private clinics
Drugs in our churches
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

On the twelfth day campaigning, Stephen Harper said to me
Play sports boys and girls
Gun ban nothing new
Lord leaping for Harper
Harper not a demon
I'll wipe out the Liberals
Gotta have private clinics
Drugs in our churches
Shame, shame, shame, shame!
All tax is bad
Go Team Quebec
Two men should not marry
And mob bosses in the Liberal family

- Andy Friedman

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Paul Martin gave to me…

  • Twelve… hospital closures
  • Eleven… cents for seniors
  • Ten… falling helicopters
  • Nine… election promises
  • Eight… accusations
  • Seven… lame excuses
  • Six… no hip replacements
  • Five… homes for natives
  • Four… years of cutbacks
  • Three… old submarines
  • Two… corporate tax breaks
  • … and an election in January.
- Cheera Crow, Victoria, B.C.


Another year with the Liberals, and this is what I saw…

  • Twelve… Liberals caught stealing
  • Eleven… druggies legally dealing
  • Ten… gay couples legally wedded
  • Nine… 14-year-olds legally bedded
  • Eight… child porn booming
  • Seven… terrorists still looming
  • Six… lies still going on
  • Five… more morals GONE
  • Four… anti-Americanism growing
  • Three… Canadians still groaning
  • Two… provinces wanting out
  • … and a country living in a moral drought.
- C & M Bixby


On the first day of Christmas, Paul Martin gave to me
An election, Conservatives and the NDP
On the second day of Christmas , Jack Layton gave to me
Promises of more housing
More day care
…But what about me?

On the third day of Christmas, Stephen Harper sent to me…
Three hens a layin'
More debates
More popcorn and beer
A campaign without disability issues mentioned
An election in the makin'
No presents for the disabled
No mention of funding for the disabled
…but an election in a pear tree!

On the fourth day of Christmas, the candidates had a debate…
More beer and popcorn
More chit chat of "we will do this"
… and promises that may never be.

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Bloc said to me…
Quebec should separate, we will still have a great Canada
Still have an election and debate
No news for the disabled, an issue that doesn't count
…but there is lots of beer and popcorn, lots of promises, and whatever will be will be!

- Patricia Duck, Toronto


A few of our visitors decided to break out of the "Twelve Days of Christmas" format and strike out on their own. Here are some of those contributions:
The Campaign Song

(Parody of The Christmas Song Mel Torme)
Guess who greets you on an orange flyer
Jack Layton smiling 'cause he knows
That this time 'round his seat count will be higher
Than the 19 he received with the last vote
Everybody knows how Gomery and his skilled approach
Helped to bring the truth to light
Voters' thoughts of the lies they've been told
Will help to them see New Democrats were right
They know an election's on its way
And the incumbent Liberal party has to pay
But every senior minister will try
To see how many votes their promises can buy
Make sure to remember through the holidays
When the decision finally comes to rest with you
Anything that they've said, that you've heard or you've read doesn't matter
When you're in the voting booth

- Sandy McLachlan, Comox, BC

The Little Conservative Boy!

Ohhhhh non-confidence, dumb dumb da dumb dummmmb
Billions wasted, dumb dumb da dumb dummmmb
Could have waited, dumb dumb da dumb dummmmb.
Feeling jaded, dumb dumb da dumb dumb, dumb da dumb dumb, dumb da dumb dummmmmmmmb
Shall we pay for you, dumb dumb da dumb dummmmb, til we're numb!
Lego hair-man, dumb dumb da dumb dummmmb,
You'll never be P.M., dumb dumb da dumb dummmmb
You have no place in pow'r, dumb dumb da dumb dummmmb
This is your final hour, dumb dumb da dumb dumb, dumb da dumb dumb, dumb da dumb dummmmmmmmb
So to oust you now, dumb dumb da dumb dumb, When we come.

- Terry Prior, Peterborough, Ont.

To the tune of We Three Kings (obviously!)

We four kings of Canada will
Guarantee a new health-care bill!
While you're dying, we'll be lying!
Vote for us as you will!

O Canada your citizens
Fail to use their common sense -
Raise your glasses, kick our a**es
Over the proverbial fence!

We four kings of Canada shirk
Anything resembling work!
That's for others – Hey! Why bother? –
Give it all to your clerk!

O Canada we'll rob you blind
Tax the pants off your behind!
While you're suffering, we'll do nothing –
We're certain you won't mind!

- Rick Williams (tongue firmly planted in cheek!)


Notwithstanding The Holidays
(To the tune of I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus)

Notwithstanding it is a clause
That Harper keeps denying from the right
He doesn't even think,
That his party's gonna sink.
Tax cuts mean fewer services, at least we'll have a drink?

Greens, please stop, you should take a pause
Your policies are lacking any sense
But you know, you have one thing
During the debate you will not sing
Winning a seat is the only defence

I saw Martin taking up a cause
Childcare is his dream since ninety three!
The red book it did say,
Help for those who couldn't pay!
Twelve years of broken promises let's set the Liberals free

Then there's Layton with his land of Oz
For people, he intends to crush the right!
A test we have not seen
Maybe we should vote and see
More NDP seats on election night,
More NDP seats on election night!!!

- Scott Gillard, Sydney, NS


To the tune of We Three (five?) Kings (what else?)

We the cream of Parliament are
Platforms and gifts, we've fetched them so far
Personal, regional, international
Now we're on Wilkins's radar

Oh oh

Seat of power
Seat of might
Seat of royal decreed right
Which party's leading?
Who's succeeding?
Hope the voters see the light

Back at home our strategists fight
Trying to play the media right
Missing lawn signs
Polls in decline
Canvassers with frostbite

Oh oh

Seat of power
Seat of might
Seat of royal decreed right
Which party's leading?
Who's succeeding?
Hope the voters see the light
(fading)
Hope the voters get it right
(louder, big finish)
Vote for me I'll change your life!

- Brian Dondo, Winnipeg Manitoba


Ding Wall Merrily on High (to the tune of Ding Dong Merrily on High)

Ding Wall merrily on high
Hooray for gums and pizza
Ding Wall merrily on high
Hooray for beer and popcorn

Chorus
Go-ooooo-ooooo-ooooo-mery
They're exonerated
Go-ooooo-ooooo-ooooo-mery
They're exonerated

Ding Wall merrily on high
Hooray for sponsor money
Ding Wall merrily on high
Too bad it's for Grits only.

- A. Bantug, Nepean, Ont.


Silent Night, Election Night (to the tune of Silent Night)

Silent night, election night
All is done, all is right
Round yon voter, mother or child
Holy ballot so cherished and wild
Sweep in electoral bliss
Sweep in electoral bliss

O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, voters and our workers
Come ye, o come ye to polling stations
Come and behold him, born the king of Ottawa
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him, our Pee Emmmmmm.

- Nola Crew, Toronto, Ont.


O Come all ye gullible (to the tune of O Come, All Ye Faithful)

O come all ye gullible, hope for a strong Parliament
O come ye, O come ye to ballot mayhem
Completely old whims, adorned with talk of changes
Come now, let us ignore them
Come now, let us ignore them
Come now, let us ignore them
Christ, what a bore.

Notwithstanding Clause is Coming to Town (to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

You better not have, a wife that's a man
A husband who's gay, if Harper's PM
Notwithstanding Clause is coming to town
He's taking a risk
He wants to vote twice
He's gonna find out
He got bad advice
Notwithstanding Clause is coming to town
He thinks that gays are sinning
He knows what is God's take
He thinks the charter's not so good
So he'd burn it at the stake
Oooh…
You better not have, a wife that's a man
A husband who's gay, if Harper's PM
Notwithstanding Clause is coming to town
Notwithstanding Clause is coming to town.

- Youri Cormier, Kingston, Ont.


On the 12th day of campaigning, PAUL MARTIN gave to me:
  • Twelve… appalling apologies
  • Eleven… lying liberals
  • Ten… patronage practices
  • Nine… missing millions
  • Eight… ums, uhs, and urrs
  • Seven… shocking scandals
  • Six… vague verifications
  • Five… plunging polls
  • Four… questionable kickbacks
  • Three… popcorn promises
  • Two… thumbs down
  • and another Liberal minority despite it all
On the 12th day of campaigning, STEPHEN HARPER gave to me:
  • Twelve… good-byes to gun registry
  • Eleven… funds for families
  • Ten… partnership with provinces
  • Nine… choices for childcare
  • Eight… treatment wait times
  • Seven… chances for change
  • Six… titillating tax promises
  • Five… watchdogs for whistleblowers
  • Four… services for seniors
  • Three… transit tax credits
  • Two… accountability acts
  • and a snowball's chance in heck of getting a majority
- A. Abbott, Chatham, Ontario


On the twelfth day of campaigning, the media gave to me.
  • Twelve… reporters grumbling
  • Eleven… anchors rambling
  • Ten… vacuous news releases
  • Nine… phone-in hosts a' ranting
  • Eight… hours debating
  • Seven… annoying attack ads
  • Six…minute news cycles
  • Five… pinhead pundits
  • Four… gaffs and stumbles
  • Three… partisan spinners
  • Two… national Tory papers
  • …. and Newman's braaaawd-cast for all of us to see.
- John McKay


The 12 Days of Conniving

On the twelfth day of connving, the candidates gave to me:
  • Twelve... platform points
  • Eleven... ballot boxes
  • Ten... tax reductions
  • Nine... raging rumours
  • Eight... info leaflets
  • Seven... campaign rallies
  • Six... mindless mumblers
  • Five... attack ads
  • Four... public polls
  • Three... angry men
  • Two... front-runners
  • ...and a PM in a new minority!
- Jessica Spina, Victoria. BC


On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Fiberals gave to me…
  • Twelve… reasons Canadians should throw them all out
  • Eleven… more pleas for forgiveness
  • Ten… excuses why they screwed it up
  • Nine… pleas for forgiveness
  • Eight… members who were crooked
  • Seven… things I might believe
  • Six… broken promises
  • Five… more years of selfish entitlement
  • Four… more years of ripoffs
  • Three… some money they had taken
  • Two… promises they won't keep
  • … and a fib in a little red book.
- Brian Biebrich. Winnipeg


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Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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