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A Tour Through The 404 Pages Of Canada's Political Parties

What can we learn about politicians from how they handle their dead links?

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Earlier today an NDP media staffer tweeted a link to what seemed to be an embarrassing error page from the Conservative Party's webpage.

It turned out to be a fake page photoshopped by this twitter user. But a bunch of people, including some gullible reporters fell for it at first.

It turned out to be a fake page photoshopped by this twitter user. But a bunch of people, including some gullible reporters fell for it at first.

The actual 404 page ignores the NDP altogether. Instead it features the government's favourite target, Justin Trudeau. Say what you will about the Conservatives, but they never miss a chance to get in a shot at a rival.

At least they didn't include a puffin pooping on him.

At least they didn't include a puffin pooping on him.

Meanwhile, the NDP is very serious about fixing both our great nation and our great nation's dead links.

The page is a metaphor for our democracy, y'see.

The page is a metaphor for our democracy, y'see.

But far and away the best 404 page of Canadian politics goes to the Liberals depicting a red moose being flown into the distance by a flock of powerful Canada geese.

It's their Canadian twist on Twitter's fail whale, an image initially meant to inspire hope that instead became an emblem of failure and disappointment.

It's their Canadian twist on Twitter's fail whale, an image initially meant to inspire hope that instead became an emblem of failure and disappointment.

It turns out this isn't the first version of fail moose. Here's the original that some Liberal staffers created years ago

Surely once we convert to a $5 coin coins this majestic animal will be placed on the back of it.

Surely once we convert to a $5 coin coins this majestic animal will be placed on the back of it.

So what's the point of all this? What can 404 pages teach us about Canada's political parties?

Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Paul McLeod at paul.mcleod@buzzfeed.com.

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