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article imageVideo: Zombie apocalypse discussed in Canadian House of Commons

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 14, 2013 in Environment
Montreal - A video showing Canada's House of Commons discussing the subject of zombies and the zombie apocalypse Wednesday has gone viral after it was posted to Reddit
According to Austin News, parliament member Pat Martin argued that Canada needed to prepare for a zombie invasion. He said:
"I rise today to salute the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and the Province of Quebec for putting in place emergency measures for dealing with the possibility of an invasion of zombies. Now, I don't need to tell you, Mister Speaker, that zombies don't recognize borders and that a zombie invasion in the United States could easily turn into a continent-wide pandemic if it's not contained. So, on behalf of concerned Canadians everywhere, Mister Speaker, I want to ask the Minister for Foreign affairs, is he working with his American counterparts to develop an international zombie strategy so that a zombie invasion does not turn into a zombie apocalypse?"
The Global Montreal reports that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told lawmakers there was no need to worry about zombies because "Canada would never be safe haven for zombies."
The video showing the tongue-in-cheek exchange in the Canadian House of Commons has gone viral on Reddit. The video posted to YouTube by Macleans Magazine has received over 150,00 views.
The discussion was in response to a plan by the government of Quebec for a zombie-themed emergency training exercise.
The Global Montreal, however, reports that the provincial government in Quebec has cancelled the plans for the zombie-themed emergency training exercise, meaning there will be no zombie apocalypse in Quebec next week.
According to the National Post, participants at an annual symposium on civil security had planned to use a mock zombie attack for an emergency training exercise, the idea being to set up an impossible scenario to force officials to "think outside the box" as opposed to when the emergency exercise simulates a familiar situation such as a flood or a storm.
News of the plan for a simulated zombie invasion in Quebec was greeted with ridicule. Many complained about wasteful public spending.
The provincial cabinet finally decided to cancel the plan. Public Security Minister Stephane Bergeron announced in a press release Thursday that the zombie apocalypse has been canceled. Instead the exercise would simulate a flood.
The Global Montreal reports that Bergeron said in a statement: “I thought... the theme of the workshop had taken on a greater importance than its goal and that it was better to change it." He explained further that the decision to cancel the zombie invasion was "so as not to undermine the real purpose of the activity, which is and remains a very important exercise for civil security."
As the National Post reports, simulated zombie attacks have become popular recently for public emergency preparedness training. The Centers for Disease Control in the US recently performed a zombie apocalypse exercise.
The US Department of Homeland Security followed the trend last September with a zombie apocalypse exercise that it claimed was part of effort to encourage preparedness for disasters and emergencies.
British Columbia also conducted a zombie apocalypse emergency exercise last May.
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