Ed-to-the-B-Bop-Bent challenges rival to a rap off
By Dan Dugas
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA (CP) - Ed Broadbent challenged his Conservative opponent in Ottawa Centre on Monday to a battle - the hip-hop term for a rap off.
"Yo Mike!," begins the written challenge to Mike Murphy issued under Broadbent's tongue-in-cheek stage name Rapper Ed-to-the-B-Bop-Bent. It followed the Conservative Party of Canada's complaint that it considers Broadbent's rap video on his web site to be the equivalent of free bling bling.
The Ottawa-Centre Conservative riding association complained to Elections Canada that the one-minute spoof on Ed as a rapper is in violation of election law.
It doesn't mind the former NDP leader rapping that "the NDP train is leaving the station and is the social conscience of the nation."
Its complaint is the video was donated by the production company that made it and exceeds the $1,000 limit on campaign contributions.
Broadbent spokesman Rob Sutherland wasn't down with that.
"They don't know how to have fun, these guys," Sutherland said.
"We're trying to have fun in an otherwise negative campaign," he said.
Broadbent appealed for cooler heads to prevail.
"The Conservatives have got to chill," he said in a news release that promised all expenses would be claimed, including those for the video.
The 68-year-old Broadbent is decidedly not rap-like - he doesn't carry a cell phone - and could not provide further comment.
The campaign says the video may be "too hip" for Ottawa Centre Conservatives.