The Straits Times
Published on Sep 28, 2012

UN chief duped by prank call from fake Canadian PM


UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - A pair of Canadian radio comedians said on Thursday it took them less than an hour to get United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on the phone during international diplomacy's busiest week - by pretending to be Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Mr Ban was pulled out of a meeting during the UN General Assembly of world leaders on Wednesday to take the phone call from Quebec comedy duo "The Masked Avengers," famous for tricking celebrities and politicians.

The pair said in a statement that the impersonator of the prime minister, who is known for his helmet-like coiffure, apologised to Mr Ban for not being able to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in New York because he was too busy combing his hair with super glue.

During the five-minute discussion the pair also said they asked him to speak with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman to press for a Quebec City hockey team. It was at this point in the conversation - which switched between English and French - they said Mr Ban realised he was being pranked.