Just how popular are zombies and the apocalyptic visions they inspire? Even Canada's Parliament is talking about them. 

The bizarre hilarity went down Tuesday (Feb. 12) after New Democratic Party member Pat Martin stood up in the House of Commons to ask if Canada was actively working on an international zombie strategy. 

"I rise today to salute the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and the province of Quebec for putting in place emergency measures to deal with the possibility of an invasion of zombies," Martin said. "I do not need to tell you, Mr. Speaker, that zombies do not recognize borders and that a zombie invasion in the United States could easily turn into a continent wide pandemic if it is not contained."

He continued: "On behalf of concerned Canadians everywhere, I want to ask the Minister of 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 response that followed from Foreign Minister John Baird was surreal in that a.) he actually entertained the question and b.) it felt like it could have come straight from a movie. 

“I want to assure the member and all Canadians that I am dead-icated to ensuring that this never happens," declared Baird. "I want to say categorically to this member and through him to all Canadians that under the leadership of this Prime Minister Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever!” Cue applause, end scene. 

Check out the full, surreal exchange below. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Canada's Parliament says no to zombie apocalypse
In a tongue-in-cheek exchange, Foreign Minister John Baird assures concerned citizens that Canada will never become a safe haven for the undead.