Stephen Abootman was the head of the World Canadian Bureau (WGA) in the Season Twelve episode, "Canada on Strike".


In "Canada on Strike", he decided to lead the country on a nationwide strike due to the lack of respect shown to Canada on Canada Appreciation Day. The strike had massive consequences, causing many Canadians to die from starvation and exposure. Furthermore, the strike failed as nobody seemingly even cared about Canada, and the Danish moved in to begin replacing them.

In order to save his Canadian brother Ike, Kyle Broflovski and the boys managed to persuade the world leaders to give them a small consolation prize - bubblegum and a coupon entitling every Canadian to a free meal at Bennigan's (with the purchase of a meal of equal or greater value, of course). However, Terrance and Phillip gatecrash the celebration party and tell the Canadian people that, in fact, Canada lost far more revenue striking. The Canadians then banished Abootman and his aides, setting them adrift on an ice floe.

Stephen Abootman had two assistants which were almost always by his side, similar to Mayor McDaniels' assistants. One of the assistants had dark brown hair and mustache and wore a khaki suit. The other had black hair and a dark blue suit.

He, or a similar character, later appeared in the episode "Royal Pudding", committing suicide by jumping in front of a moving train.


Like the other Canadians, he has beady eyes and a Pac-Man-like head that flaps up and down. He has brown hair and wears a black suit with a tie.

In "Royal Pudding" his appearance is slightly different as he has a dark blue suit, a piece of his white shirt sticking out and stubble. Despite a striking visual similarity, it cannot be said for sure whether this was the same character.


Abootman is incredibly unintelligent, egotistical and self-centered. He calls the strike in order to gain respect from the world, but his actions only serve to massively damage the nation. Concerned only with his reputation, however, he decides to continue the strike despite the massive loss of life. In the end, he only agrees to end the strike if it was made out to be successful so he won't look like an idiot.


All quotes from "Canada on Strike".

Stephen Abootman

Stephen Abootman

Stephen Abootman

Stephen Abootman

Stephen Abootman

Stephen Abootman


  • Stephen Abootman resembles Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada (2006-2015). One of his assistants bears resembles to his opponent, former NDP leader Jack Layton.
  • The strike and Abootman's idiocy was a reference to the Writers' Guild of America strike, which took place when the episode was aired.
  • "Abootman" is a pun on the way Canadians are stereotypically thought to say "about".

Minor Characters from Season Twelve
Afro Ninja | Amir | Britney Spears | Bridon Guermo | The Burger King Bandits | Chris Crocker | Dramatic Look Gopher | Gary Brolsma | Star Wars Kid | Indiana Jones | Tron Guy | Jimmy Buffett | John McCain | Large-Breasted Woman | Laughing Baby | Magic Johnson | Michael Chertoff | Mr. Garrett | Mr. Guermo | Mrs. Guermo | Pioneer Paul | Sarah Palin | Sneezing Panda | South Park Vampire Society | Stephen Abootman | Tay Zonday

See Also: List of Minor Characters from Season Twelve | Season Twelve

Fictional Celebrities
Canadian PresidentCartmanBrahCharles KincadeFreja OllegardHerbert GarrisonKatherine and Katie QueefRichard StamosSanta ClausStephen AbootmanTerrance and PhillipThe Ghetto Avenue Boys
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