British Columbia

Peter Kent, B.C. councillor, promises to set himself on fire in YouTube video

The first thing on newly elected Squamish councillor and professional stuntman Peter Kent's agenda, is to fulfill a campaign promise — and set himself on fire.

Once Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double, Kent wanted to encourage young people to vote

Peter Kent (right) while working as Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double.

The first thing on newly elected B.C. councillor Peter Kent's agenda, is to fulfill a campaign promise — and set himself on fire.

The professional stuntman and sometime stunt double for Arnold Schwarzenegger, took to the streets of Squamish, B.C. — and YouTube — before Saturday's civic elections, in an attempt to encourage voter turnout.

"Come on," he enthused in the video. "Let's rock the vote Squamish."

Kent was disappointed in the low turnout in the 2011 election and promised, "I will set myself on fire in the middle of Main Street," if turnout improved.

"I wondered what I could do to motivate people — especially the young — to vote," he told Carol Off on CBC's As It Happens.

Whatever the motivation, turnout was up — from 41.2 per cent in 2011 to 44.5 per cent on Saturday — and so Kent is applying for a permit to perform his fiery stunt in the middle of downtown.

"My first duty in office is to keep my word," he told Off. 

"I don't know that in the history of any politician that anyone has set himself on fire. I'm sure that some have been set on fire. And many have gone down in flames as well."

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