Dictionary of Canadian politics aims to demystify obscure lingo
'Parli' launched this week
A new online dictionary is seeking to demystify obscure Canadian parliamentary terms and phrases for the average civilian — or should we say the "Tim Hortons' voter?"
If you've ever wanted to know who "Premier Dad" is, or what the name of a popular orange carbonated beverage has to do with Canadian politics, look no further.
Parli is a dictionary of Canadian politics started by Campbell Strategies, a public affairs consultancy firm. It was launched earlier this week.
"I think there are a number [of entries] that are amusing," says Barry Campbell, a former Liberal MP and president of the firm.
"This is also serious history, but I think top of the list of most amusing and almost forgotten might be 'Salmon-Arm Salute,' which was a rather crude gesture that prime minister [Pierre] Trudeau made from a train car."
Here are a few other entries you can find in the dictionary:
- Little guy from Shawinigan.
- Joe who?
- This hour has seven days.
- Corporate welfare bums.
- The rainmaker.
Do you know any other terms that the dictionary is missing? Leave a comment below. To submit terms directly to Parli, head to their website or send a tweet to @parlidotca.
"This will live and keep on going," Campbell says. "We're adding as we go. We will of course, in a very Canadian way, try to be very serious about the definitions but have a little bit of fun, too."