The election was too close to call. Neither the Conservative nor the NDP candidate had enough votes to win. There was much talk about ballot recounting, visits to the Governor General, etc., but a week-long fishing competition was proposed as the sportsmanlike way to settle things. The Party representative that caught the most fish at the end of the week would win the election. Therefore, it was decided that there should be a fishing contest between the two Party Leaders to determine the winner.
After much back and forth discussion, it was decided that the contest take place on a remote frozen lake in northern Manitoba. There were to be no observers present, and both men were to be sent out separately on this isolated lake and return at 5 P.M. with their catch for counting and verification by a team of neutral parties.
At the end of the first day, Stephen Harper returned to the starting line and he had ten fish. Soon, Jack Layton returned and had no fish. Well, the CBC assumed he was just having another ‘bad hair’ day or something and hopefully, he would catch up the next day.
At the end of the 2nd day Harper came in with 20 fish and Layton came in again with none. That evening, Michael Ignatieff got together secretly with Layton and said, ‘Jack, I think Steven Harper is a low-life, cheatin’ son-of-a-gun. I want you to go out tomorrow and don’t even bother with fishing. Just spy on him and see just how he is cheating.’
The next night (after Steven Harper returns with 50 fish), Iggy said to Layton, ‘Well, tell me, how is Harper cheating?’
Layton replied, ‘ Michael, you may not believe this, but he’s cutting holes in the ice.’