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Calgary NDP candidate Matt Masters Burgener takes on Harper with election ad

Titled, "Did Matt Masters Burgener just quit?!?!," the ad has now been viewed almost 200,000 times on Facebook

Matt Masters Burgener has taken on Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his own riding, using “Send Harper A Message” signs and a viral video to get his message across.

Jennifer Friesen / For Metro

Matt Masters Burgener has taken on Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his own riding, using “Send Harper A Message” signs and a viral video to get his message across.

After spending only $305 on a rented camera, NDP candidate Matt Masters Burgener launched a campaign video challenging Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his own riding.

Within 40 hours, the video has reached almost 200,000 views on Facebook and raised eyebrows across the country.

The ad, titled "Did Matt Masters Burgener just quit?!?!," shows the Calgary Heritage hopeful tossing a stack of signs reading, “(Canadians) are conservative by nature … I absolutely refuse to believe … That Canada can rise up against him … By simply voting .. And it’s crazy to think … I can turn things around.”

But that’s exactly what he does.

Playing the video in reverse, the signs read, “I can turn things around … And it’s crazy to think … By simply voting … That Canada can rise up against him … I absolutely refuse to believe … (Canadians) are conservative by nature.”

As a first-time candidate, the Calgary musician joined the election run on Aug. 22 in the former boundaries of Calgary Southwest, which Harper has held for 13 years.

But now, with the video’s attention and more than 300 of his “Send Harper A Message” signs posted in the city – where the public is given a chance to fill out their own campaign signs –  Burgener’s confident he can paint the blue riding a new shade of orange.

“This is historically a very Conservative riding,” he said. “But that’s the beauty of this campaign, it’s been so long now that people are getting tired of Mr. Harper. People are looking for alternatives and there are so many groups in this community that want a change.”

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