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Micheline Lantôt, left, Patrick Huard, centre, and Suzanne Clément in My Internship in Canada, a film where politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head tearing democracy to shreds.

After The Good Lie died a quick, if unfair, Hollywood death, Philippe Falardeau has returned to his Quebec roots with this broad and sweet political comedy.

Focusing on the last honest man in office – a rural independent MP (Patrick Huard) who finds himself with the deciding vote over whether the country goes to war – Falardeau wrings laughs out of all the expected corners of the Canadian political psyche. (His Stephen Harper stand-in, played by Paul Doucet, is a particular riot, right down to his cat-loving wife and penchant for piano solos.)

Although the film slips into a few questionable ruts of poor taste – one villain's stutter is played for laughs, while the entire population of Haiti can be viewed as the butt of a good-intentioned but poorly executed democracy-for-dummies joke – the performances are lived-in and the tone is refreshingly light. A genuine crowd-pleaser, no matter what colour that sign on your lawn might be.