By Uni Blogger and nonamedufus
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN EARTH AND THE MOON (S&A) Canadians were shocked to learn today that Cirque de Soleil founder Guy Laliberté wasn’t the only “tourist clown” on board that Russian Soyuz capsule that recently linked up with the International Space Station. He was joined by Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe. The two donned red clown noses and performed for viewers around the world via satellite.
Laliberté in Soyuz capsule. More than his nose is Red.
Family and friends of Mister Laliberté on the ground chanted “Guy! Guy!” and sang Rocket Man when the ship reached orbit. There were no friends of Mister Duceppe on hand but political foes were heard to sing a chorus of The Great Gig In The Sky appropriately enough from the Dark Side of the Moon album.
“In da House of Commune I have a national audience dat laughs at me, la. But up here I’m as famous as Leonardo de Caprio, I’m da king of da world”, said the separatist leader.
Mr. Duceppe shows his dark side.
Critics worried that Duceppe was scouting out the moon from his lofty space station perch in an attempt to determine if Quebec could move there when it separates from the rest of Canada. However, Leonid Iama Smartypants, project manager of the Russian space agency, on whose ship the two Quebecois are travelling, had a different take: “There is already great concern that Laliberté is jeopardizing the mission because he cannot speak good Russian, now we find he has smuggled on board another who speaks even less good Russian” he said while absent-mindedly pounding his shoe on his desk. “This is a recipe for disaster. How will they get by on the moon when the two founding nations speak Russian and French?” Furthermore said Mister Smartypants, “It would cost $38,000,000 per person to get the entire province to the moon, and they don’t even have their own rockets. 7 million people times $38 million equals a lot of maple syrup!”
“Quebec’s only interested in the moon’s water,” said NDP leader Jack Layton. “It’s James Bay all over again except this time without the Cree. Today James Bay, tomorrow the moon.”
Asked for their comments on the high-flying separatist leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff refused to deal with the Quebec issue, consistent with their actions to date.