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Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal, rising to speak before Question Period today, finds the narrow bit of national pride to be found in yesterday’s Super Bowl victory of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mr. Speaker, yesterday Canadians and Americans sat at their televisions watching the tremendous sports spectacle of the Super Bowl. However, there were no greater fans than my neighbours, Don and Evelyn Berger, parents of Pittsburgh Steelers punter, Mitch Berger, the only Canadian player on the field. Mitch grew up in Delta playing community football and graduated from North Delta Secondary School. He has made his parents, our community and country very proud. I ask all members of the House to join me in congratulating North Delta’s Mitch Berger, our Canadian Super Bowl champion.


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  1. This is the sort of things that makes Canada look bad.

    • I agree. Pathetic.

  2. Right up there with 49-Canadiana-tunes-on-an-Ipod for President Obama. Cringe city, man.

  3. Not as bad as Lloyd Robertson telling us “no Canadians were killed in the blast.” Oh, okay, then no big deal.

    • AMEN.

      That always makes me nuts.

      • To be fair to Lloyd, when he says that I don’t think he’s telling “us” that no Canadians were killed, he’s telling “people with loved ones where the blast occurred” that the person they love wasn’t just killed in an explosion. Is that really so bad?

        I don’t think the intention is remotely to tell all Canadians that the blast was “no big deal”, but to convey to a particular group of Canadians that they can rest easy, and not expect a tragic phone call from the Ministry of National Defence or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I can pretty much guarantee that if he didn’t mention whether or not there were any Canadian casualties, CTV would be flooded with panicked (turning to angry) phone calls trying to find out if anyone knows if their son, or daughter, or mother, or father, or brother, or sister is still alive.

        Trust me when I say that if a bomb ever goes off in a place your family is visiting, or a plane ever crashes that one of your children was supposed to be on, you’ll be exceedingly glad to hear Lloyd Robertson say “no Canadians were killed…”

  4. Dhaliwal was one of the biggest supporters of Joe Volpe for Liberal leader. I submit that his judgment is a bit wonky.

  5. Wow, a lot of Cardinals fans here or what?


    An MP rises in the House to give congratulations to the son of one of his own constituents on winning the Super Bowl and this is a bad thing? Some sort of embarrassment? The guy and his team just won the SUPER BOWL. And we’re not talking about an MP calling for a national day of celebration, or the erection of a statue or something, just an MP calling for a little congratulatory round of applause in the House of Commons for a fellow Canadian celebrating a milestone accomplishment. OMG! How embarrassing!

    And a “narrow bit of national pride”? That’s a bit harsh isn’t it? I mean, the Aussie punter got a fair bit of attention for his part in the game on Sunday, and his team LOST.

    I’m pretty sure one could argue that the above paragraph by Mr. Dhaliwal was likely, by far, one of the LEAST embarrassing things said in the House of Commons all day Hell, probably one of the least embarrassing things said in the House since before Parliament was prorogued. As a Canadian, I’m much more embarrassed by the comments above than by what Mr. Dhaliwal said.

    We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t hate the player, hate the game”. Do we really need to add “don’t hate the guy congratulating the player for winning the game”?

    I’m cringing too, and I also think something here’s pathetic, but it ain’t what was said in the House.

    • Here here. We have a Canadian who succeeded on one of the biggest stages in sports, and it’s “pathetic” that this be briefly recognized in the House?

      Too cynical by half.