April 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM
OTTAWA - Once a year, the fools on the Hill let their hair down and this April 1, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair appeared poised to do the real thing.
Mulcair posted a photo on the social media site Twitter showing his signature bearded face covered in shaving cream, a straight razor hovering over the lather.
"Why not?" said the caption, capturing the sense of fatalism in the air as Mulcair faces a leadership review at next week's NDP convention in Edmonton.
Mulcair wasn't alone in his tomfoolery on Parliament Hill.
Rona Ambrose, the interim leader of the Conservative party, posted a fake Airbnb ad offering to rent out Stornoway, the official residence of the Opposition leader.
And Environment Minister Catherine McKenna shared a phoney announcement in her name saying grazing goats would now crop Parliament's lawns as part of the Liberal government's green plan.
April Fools' Day pranks, always a peril for the news business, have caught out political reporters in the past. But some news outlets also like to get in on the fun themselves.
The Huffington Post planted a fake story on its website touting a new Justin Trudeau designer line: "a collection of pre-rolled white shirts designed by the prime minister himself for the 'modern man who wears his feminism on his sleeve.'"
Even Library and Archives Canada got into the act by posting online what are purported to be the military records of James (Logan) Howlett, better known as Wolverine of Marvel Comics fame.
The posting says Howlett was born in Cold Lake, Alta., in 1882 and joined the Canadian army upon the outbreak of the First World War. He was wounded in that war, but rejoined the army for the Second World War before becoming a Cold War intelligence agent.
He then supposedly worked with "various NGOs."
News from © The Canadian Press, 2016