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Sheen could be Prime Minister

Talk of tiger blood and warlocks seems to resonate with Calgarians more than current campaign issues on the federal-election trail, an informal poll conducted yesterday suggests.

This article was submitted by Young Canadians Vote contributer Deanna McArthur on Monday, April 11, 2011. Visit  the Metro Calgary site to read view more articles from Metro.
JEREMY NOLAIS
METRO CALGARY
Published: April 11, 2011 5:07 a.m.
Last modified: April 11, 2011 12:12 a.m.

A sketch of Charlie Sheen by artist Mark Hammermeister. Courtesy Mark Hammermeister.

Talk of tiger blood and warlocks seems to resonate with Calgarians more than current campaign issues on the federal-election trail, an informal poll conducted yesterday suggests.

Metro spent the afternoon asking locals of varying ages and occupations to identify five recent photos, four of which were of leadership candidates in the upcoming federal election, the  fifth being of U.S. actor Charlie Sheen.

Participants were marked correct if they could articulate either the candidate’s name or the party he or she represents.

While both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Jack Layton were recognized by the majority, they seemingly could not match the star power of Sheen, whose wild public antics and criticism directed at CBS higher-ups has kept his name and face firmly lodged in the public’s collective consciousness in recent months.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and Green party Leader Elizabeth May, meanwhile, were unable to cross the 50 per cent threshold among those polled.

Charlie Sheen
Recognized by: 46/50
Four of those polled could not identify the U.S. actor, while some who could had more colourful descriptions:
“He’s winning,” said one downtown commuter.
“Yeah, he’s on crack,” said another.

Stephen Harper
Recognized by: 39/50
Although nearly 80 per cent of participants were able to identify the prime minister, a few were still confused.
“I think he’s big in the United States,” said one woman enjoying her lunch at Marlborough Mall.

Jack Layton
Recognized by: 30/50
Polling at 60 per cent, the NDP leader was recognized by many, however, some confused his political aspirations.
“Is he our mayor?” said one shopper.
“He’s an alderman, isn’t he?” said another as he sipped a fine brew.

Michael Ignatieff
Recognized by: 24/50
The head Liberal was most recognized by the U of C student crowd, but confusion abounded there, too.
“Isn’t that Gilles Duceppe?” said one girl, referring to the Bloc Québécois leader whose party is absent from Alberta ballots.

Elizabeth May
Recognized by: 16/50
Less than a third of
participants recognized the Green leader. She struggled particularly with the downtown crowd.
“I think her name is Sue,” said one woman.