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Politics Was Good, Briefly, When Someone Quoted RuPaul In Parliament


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For what we can only assume is the first time ever, our holiest mother, RuPaul, was quoted in the Canadian House of Commons.

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It happened on Wednesday when the House was discussing Bill C-66, which would clear the way for those convicted in the past for same-sex offenses to have their records expunged.

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel stood to support the bill, which is when this happened.

I think this is the first time a Canadian politician has ever quoted @RuPaul before. @MichelleRempel in the House o…

"Every once in a while, we do something here that resembles work. Because I am not sure anyone has ever done this in the House before, I am going to quote RuPaul, “If you can't love yourself how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” she said.

"Merry Christmas," she added.

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People were pretty into it.

@AlbertanGrrl @RuPaul @MichelleRempel

Plus, who doesn't love an opportunity for Drag Race contestant gifs.

@AlbertanGrrl @RuPaul @MichelleRempel

Our dear mother herself approves.


Rempel seems pretty pleased, too.

@dypks @AlbertanGrrl @RuPaul @RuPaulsDragRace It was a great day.

Rempel called the legislation itself a "no brainer," at least in spirit.

"It is really cool to be able to stand up and support this bill, and I think it is really cool that this bill has all parties' support. It is something that Canada can celebrate internationally," she said.

Others, however, have called the bill hasty and short sighted.

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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