Last Call: Keep clothes on in Canada please

In a gratifying PR decision, candidates in Canada's up-coming federal elections last week promised to keep their clothes on for the remainder of the campaign. The reason? New Democratic Party candidate Lorrie Williams had failed to do just that. The 60-year-old Vancouver hopeful popped up in a calendar driving a red convertible wearing nothing but sunglasses and jewelry.

Entitled 'Dames Do It For The Homeless 2001,' the calendar was produced to raise funds for a women's crisis center. And while it may seem a tad trivial in light of our own election woes, it apparently elicited enough concern that other candidates - all middle-aged men - felt compelled to issue assurances.

'I best not appear in the nude if I want to succeed. Nobody would ever want to see me nude,' proclaimed Lee Rankin, Liberal Party candidate with refreshing candor.

Here's hoping Canadian politicians are more likely to keep campaign promises than ours are.

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