Brent Rathgeber Maverick Watch Watch


Brent Rathgeber considers his own maverickness.

One can occasionally be critical of the Government without being disloyal.  I proudly serve in the Conservative (Government) Caucus but do not leave the viewpoints of my constituents behind every time I board a plane to Ottawa.  It is natural for me to question Supply Management, since I represent 140,000 consumers but not a single dairy farmer.  Similarly, all of my adult constituents are taxpayers but only a tiny fraction work for the federal government; as a result, I believe it is appropriate that I question public pensions (including my own) and demand respect for taxpayer dollars generally.

Constructive criticism and holding government to account will invariably lead to better government.  The Opposition’s constitutional mandate is to criticize and oppose.  However, sometimes a critique from the Conservatives’ own benches will be more effective, as Opposition barbs are frequently written off as partisan gamesmanship. Moreover, in the current Parliament, with a Socialist Official Opposition, how realistic is it that a critical examination of spending, social programs or the CBC is going to originate from the side opposite???  Accordingly, I will continue to raise and speak out on matters important to me and my constituents.  Advocating for limiting the size and role of government and respect for taxpayer dollars will occasionally and invariably irk those who are the Government.  But holding the Government to account, will force a well performing Government to perform even better!


Brent Rathgeber Maverick Watch Watch

  1. owever, sometimes a critique from the Conservatives’ own benches
    will be more effective, as Opposition barbs are frequently written off
    as partisan gamesmanship. Moreover, in the current Parliament, with a
    Socialist Official Opposition…


    Words simply fail (my response and his sentences, both).

    • He usually does well until the halfway point of his remarks, and then his partisan prejudices come out…..and he never notices.

    • t would be nice if he could provide an example of this, wouldn’t it? I can’t think of one.

    • Isn’t the main ideology of the NDP, Democratic Socialism. Hence Socialist Official Opposition, he could be more accurate and say, Democratic Socialist Official Opposition.

  2. If Brent Rathgeber was so concerned about what harpo is up to, maybe he should have thought twice about signing off on Bill C-38. Now he just comes across as trying to gain points for the Cons, or he’s a rat leaving abandoning a sinking ship.

  3. David Akin called him a free thinker? Now that is funny.

    • A person who stands behind his own principles and not behest to whether or not the collective believe it’s right, a free thinker (in my opinion) believes what’s right in what’s wrong in their heart, not whether or not it’s going to help the Party.

      • Well, his free thinking is pretty dam selective.

  4. Shorter Rathgeber: Party before country isn’t 100% absolute – it is possible to mildly criticize one’s party on behalf of one’s country without necessarily offending the supremacy of the Conservative Party of Canada.

  5. Well, at least he speaks of an understanding of a parliamentarian’s duties. But if he voted for C-38, it’s all just talk.

    • Seems like all talk to me… interpretation of his thoughts are “As long as you agree with my ideas about the role of government, criticisms from within – and maybe from without – are OK. But if you believe otherwise, not so much.”

  6. …occasionally AND invariably….that’s quite a feat. ;-)