Finn has been revealed as a candidate for mayor of his home city (Picture: CBC)

If you feel politics is devoid of leaders with enough bite to get things done, then maybe this Canadian city has the answer.

Finn, a five-year-old Australian cattle dog, is running for mayor of St John’s in Newfoundland.

Following in the footsteps of Barsik the cat in Barnaul, Russia, the four-legged candidate is already proving more popular than his two-legged human counterparts.

But although he announced his candidacy through a Facebook campaign video, sadly, Finn’s name won’t appear on the ballot paper on September 26.

Instead, it was a stunt by his owner Glenn Redmond, an animal trainer and stunt performer.

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Finn the dog for mayor

His candidacy was launched in a campaign video (Picture: CBC)

Finn the dog for mayor

But owner Glenn Redmond is not planning on putting his name on the ballot paper (Picture: CBC)

Finn the dog for mayor

Still Finn has a growing local support base (Picture: CBC News)

In fact, Finn is no stranger to the camera having appeared in the hit movie Maudie and TV show Republic of Doyle before.

Glenn believes his campaign video, created by Garry Smyth, draws attention to issues such as potholes and snow clearing.

He told the Toronto Sun: ‘Finn’s a tireless worker. All cattle dogs are. He’s my buddy more so than anything but he’s trained for a bunch of different behaviours, so we just decided to create some roles for him,” said Redmond, referring to the dog’s latest role as mayoral candidate.

Finn will appear in another video soon when he asks locals who they will vote for.