The Last President of Canada

Ghosts haunt the halls of the House of Commons.

In May 1966, Paul Chartier, an unemployed former miner, trucker, and hotelier, suffered a serious mental breakdown. He blamed the federal government for a long history of personal and business failures, so he asked if he could address Parliament to complain about how the country was being run and was refused. He decided to get revenge by throwing a bomb onto the floor of the House of Commons during session, delivering a speech listing his many grievances, and declaring himself the President of Canada. However, his plan was unsuccessful, and he died in the attempt. Our play takes place in present day, more than 50 years afterwards, with Chartier being offered the opportunity to deliver his speech he had taken with him to the House of Commons… from the afterlife.

The play is being toured over the spring and summer. Shows run in Whitehorse, YT (May 23-26), Atlin, BC (June 1), and Ottawa during the 23rd Ottawa Fringe Festival (June 13-23 – performance dates and venue to be confirmed this spring).

Whitehorse tickets are available at the Yukon Arts Centre box office or online.