Parliamentarians of the Year 2012 — Kirsty Duncan: hardest-working

If there’s light emanating from the Confederation Building at 3 a.m., it’s probably the MP from Etobicoke

by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Kirsty Duncan rarely stops working.

If there’s light emanating from the Confederation Building at 3 a.m., it’s probably because she’s still sitting in her office. The Liberal MP for Etobicoke North says working late is a matter of routine for her. She grew up train- ing rigorously as a gymnast six days a week, and the lifestyle stuck. Late nights don’t mean late mornings, either. She says she averages about four or five hours of sleep each night. But that’s just part of the job.

“I love to serve,” she says. “You don’t know how long you’re [an MP], and I’m going to make the most of every minute.”

Duncan regularly takes part in a dozen meetings from dawn until dusk, in addition to committee work and other duties. Her constituency office sees about 100 families every day, she says. She spends “marathon nights” preparing for the next day’s work. It’s a daunting schedule. But Duncan is motiv- ated by veterans who surrounded her when she was growing up in Etobicoke. (She danced with the 48th Highlanders of Canada for 25 years.)

“You see the commitment, the dedication, the time, and what veterans do for this country,” she says. “I can jolly well put in some hours.”


Parliamentarians of the Year 2012 — Kirsty Duncan: hardest-working

  1. Kirsty Duncan simply does not reflect upon the diversity of the Riding of Etobicoke North, which is 71% Visible Minority according to Statistics Canada (2006 Census), perhaps even closer to 80% in 2012. Duncan was handpicked as the Liberal candidate by former failed Liberal leader Stephane Dion, and Duncan is not even from Etobicoke North to begin with, she has always been a resident of the Riding of Etobicoke Centre. Making inspirational speeches inspirational speeches does not make you a hard worker, Kirsty Duncan is simply more or less nothing more then an average parachute MP, with limited connection with the riding she represents, who had no intention of entering politics until Stephane Dion surprised her by hand-picking her as the Liberal candidate for Etobicoke North without consulting with the Riding or the Riding Association.

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