Mad Max: Election Road

Following a nuclear holocaust, Canada has become a desert wasteland and civilization has collapsed. The Great Lakes are barren and dry and the populations of beavers, moose and grizzlies have been decimated. A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search of her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

If this happened to Canada today, which political party leader would be the best leader in a post apocalyptic Mad Max world where resources are scarce and the roads are ruled by godless thugs with ridiculous cars? Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May or Thomas Mulcair?

This was the question asked to 67 University of Guelph movie-goers on September 13th, 2015 and their answers and reasoning may surprise you.

Here are the most interesting answers for the students' choices:

Stephen Harper: “Harper is a hard ass.” “He can rule with an iron fist, there is no other way to survive this.”

Justin Trudeau: “Trudeau has youth on his side and he looks like he can take a punch.” “Trudeau can relate to the people.”

Elizabeth May: “May knows how to grow things.” “May would work towards rebuilding the environment.” “May would be a great addition to the lady biker gang.”

Thomas Mulcair: “Always choose Mulcair.” “Socialism”

None of the above: “None of them would survive.”

Our unscientific survey results :)

Our unscientific survey results :)

From this very unscientific survey, you can see that young people have very different opinions about the four party leaders and how they would do as the leader of a Mad Max world. While all of the leaders had various characteristics to contribute to post-apocalyptic rule, it seems that Justin Trudeau’s youth and his ability to fight makes him the viewer’s choice for assisting Furiosa in rebuilding Canada.

A fun fact is that Justin Trudeau can indeed take a punch as well as throw one. He won a charity boxing match in 2011 against Senator Patrick Brazeau. This is no cinematic masterpiece but it is entertaining.***

Warning: This video contains some boxing, which may be triggering for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

***This piece is a fun piece and reflects the results of the unscientific survey we undertook but please note Vote Savvy is non-partisan and does not endorse any one party.

Blog written by Yvonne Su.