SO WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH #HIPSTERHARPER, ANYWAY?

ONCE UPON A TIME, Stephen Harper was a mop-haired, plaid-clothed university student, and Jack Layton’s mustache was still black. Fast-forward some 30-odd years to meet David Leibl, a 31-year-old communications strategist from Winnipeg, who found these old photographs scattered across the Internet, sought the help of two tech-savvy friends, and compiled the images to make www.VintageVoter.ca. The Post’s Michael Fraiman spoke with Mr. Leibl on Tuesday, roughly 24 hours and 130,000 views after his site’s launch.
Hipster Harper

“People that don’t vote often say they don’t have enough information, or they tell you that politics isn’t relevant in their lives and they feel disconnected or disinterested in the political process. Humour, though — there’s no one who doesn’t like a good joke. And we think that humour and parody are pretty effective tools in breaking down the barriers to political participation, and we have no problem with making politics funny.”

Check out the full Q&A with David Leibl here, and while you’re at it, VintageVoter.ca is also worth your time.

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