Two Canadian political foes are really weighing in, because Saturday night they’ll step into the boxing ring and fight three rounds for charity.
It’s a classic matchup, privileged Liberal Member of Parliament vs. scrappy Conservative senator. Blue vs. Red. Left vs. Right.
“I’m a better boxer than him,” Liberal MP Justin Trudeau told CBC News. “Boxing is muscles, yes. It’s also heart and brainpower and strategy, and I think I can beat him on all three of those levels.”
Trudeau will fight Sen. Patrick Brazeau on Saturday night in an Ottawa hotel as the title bout on the Fight for the Cure card, which expects to raise $200,000 from the sold-out event.
Trudeau was born the son of a former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. His mother, Margaret Sinclair Kemper, partied with the Rolling Stones and had an affair with US Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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Brazeau is a Native Canadian appointed to the senate by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper; he has served in the military and has trained in martial arts.
During the last federal election, they traded barbs via Twitter. When the 40-year-old Trudeau learned about Fight for the Cure, he challenged Brazeau, 37.
To ramp up the tension, the loser will cut his hair – also for charity. Both are young, sometimes brash politicians with long locks and tattoos.
In a video on the Fight for the Cure website, Brazeau promises to end the feud.
“In light of the recent comments, on behalf of all Canadians I will tattoo the Canadian flag back into his heart,” Brazeau said.
However, the political overtones are overshadowing the fundraiser, organizers said.
After all, senators are appointed, and serve a primarily ceremonial role in Canadian politics, while MPs are elected representatives.
“It’s been great for publicity, but they’re doing this to raise money, not because it’s a political game for them,” Matt Whitteker told the National Post.
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