Mitchel Raphael on NDP hijinks at the xmas party and why some tories boycotted theirs -

Mitchel Raphael on NDP hijinks at the xmas party and why some tories boycotted theirs

Jack gets worried, Bloc MP almost loses the farm and Attractive politician arrives


Jack gets worried
The NDP Christmas party featured a moustache showdown between MP Nathan Cullen of B.C. and MP Glenn Thibeault of Sudbury, Ont. The one voted to have the best moustache was supposed to shave off half the loser’s moustache. Thibeault seemed the clear winner (he noted that Cullen had more of a goatee than a moustache), but the equality-minded NDPers suddenly demanded both shave half their moustaches. NDP Leader Jack Layton helped with the proceedings but then quickly withdrew when the clippers approached his ’stache. Other entertainment for the evening included a spoof of CBC’s The National “At Issue” panel. Manitoba MP Niki Ashton dressed up like panellist Andrew Coyne of Maclean’s. She said the key to doing Coyne is to not move your hands. (Coyne actually does move his hands.) Vancouver MP Don Davies played panellist Chantal Hébert of the Toronto Star, but with his wig he looked more like his fellow MP Libby Davies. “I thought he was going to do me,” confessed Libby Davies, who is not related to Don. Meanwhile, on the Conservative Christmas front, several MPs boycotted their own party ($50 for no dinner, overpriced drinks, and a Prime Minister out of town wasn’t worth it, they said). At the Liberal Christmas party, there was some griping about Justin Trudeau working the room. One staffer said it was just a long walk to the washroom. If all those camera flashes were any indication, the reality was that most in the room wanted to see Trudeau. This year he sent out 7,000 Christmas cards. Two thousand were personalized.

Bloc MP almost loses the farm
Bloc MP Meili Faille was never big on games, but she is now hooked on FarmVille, a Facebook application that allows users to create virtual farms with their friends. Her foray into FarmVille started after a dinner for senior citizens in her riding. Several asked her if she was on FarmVille, so she joined. She set up her farm and returned two weeks later to find her crops were dead. Farms need a lot of attention, she realized. So Faille got to work on her virtual land and also started working on other farms to the point that she received a prize for helping her FarmVille friends. Faille’s friends have helped her in return by fertilizing her crops, especially when the MP has no time to tend to cyber-eggplants. She now has healthy crops as well as cows, goats, one wild turkey, and a pet turtle.

Attractive politician arrives
It’s a game all party staffers play: “If you had to sleep with an MP in your party, who would it be?” On the male front, the Tories have Peter MacKay as a prospect; the Grits have Justin Trudeau. “We finally have one!” said an NDP MP. The “one” is Fin Donnelly, the MP who won the recent by-election in B.C. A temp staffer accompanying Donnelly says not a day has gone by that folks on the Hill don’t ask with raised eyebrows and a smile, “Who is that?” Reality check: all the top party contenders (including Donnelly) are either married or engaged.

An MP’s dare
NDP MP Megan Leslie promised to participate in “A Dare to Remember,” part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s program to raise African AIDS awareness. Leslie’s dare was to wear a yellow sou’wester rain hat for a day on the Hill. The dare (for which Leslie raised $500) was supposed to be for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 but Leslie got around to it only last week after mustering up the courage. It undoubtedly particularly impressed Capital Xtra! columnist Dale Smith. He attacks Leslie regularly for her wardrobe choices on the gay paper’s website. He calls it the Megan Leslie outfit watch.


Mitchel Raphael on NDP hijinks at the xmas party and why some tories boycotted theirs

  1. I believe that the NDP Constitution bans Christmas Partys. This is likely called a Winter Solstice celebration.

    Is the new supreme court ruling on more relaxed press libel rules allowing MacLeans to print this version of the truth?

    • On that note; Stephen Harper had personally asked that this year's conservative Christmas party be renamed and recreated as a "Hanukkahmas" party, as to make it clear that his party is NOT anti-Semitic…upon learning the party would not go for it, he raised the price, cancelled the dinner and boycotted the anti-Semitic event…not every conservative MP was impressed

      • Very creative and very funny Dick.

  2. wow, this post sures gives the Dips a lot of ink, wonder why!

  3. jules – "this post sure gives the Dips a lot of ink, wonder why!" 'cause it stands as the best example yet of hot air rising!

  4. hahah, i mean, its all about the Dips in this post by this dude….,oh well, the NDP must put on a good show for the author of this post to give them so much ink, or, is it possible, and likely, that he holds deep in his heart and in his hand, a bias for the dips….at least attempt some balance in this gossip column

  5. In Brantford, The NDP did a 90 Cent dinner with Jack Layton and their Federal Candidate Marc Laferriere 2 days before Christmas. This was a reaction to the 90 dollar and 150 dollar a plate dinners that the other parties did there recently with Justin Trudeau and Mike Duffy.

    Links for Video of the event:

    And some articles on the event:

  6. Dippers believe in Free Drinks, Free Love, and Free Money …. vote NDP ….!!!!

    • And affordable housing – that's why Layton wants Stornoway – free housing and servants

      • … but whether you drank the wine, the hangover was heavy and lasted for a realllllll long time.

  7. The title says something about Tories boycotting their party, but doesnt mention any Tories.

  8. "It's a game all party staffers play: “If you had to sleep with an MP in your party, who would it be?” "

    …Seriously?!? I was a staffer for a few years, recently, and don't recall ever playing that "game"…apparently some staffers have too much time on their hands

  9. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all the pundits and commentators at Maclean's (even the jerkwads)