‘Sad to see’


In the middle of QP yesterday, Rodger Cuzner tweeted the cruelest of all criticisms: pity.

Shortly before Mr. Cuzner’s tweet, the NDP’s Matthew Dube stood during members’ statements to state his pity for MPs on the government side of the House.

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to express my pity for the members opposite. I am being sincere. I look at them and know that it must not be easy to live their working lives. Every day before question period, they get a new assortment of pathetic stories to instill fear in people. Their obsession with imaginary taxes is a strong contrast to reality, where drivers are paying every day for the Conservative government’s inaction. Every day, my Conservative friends robotically recite pathetic lines written by staff of the Prime Minister’s Office, employees who are counting down the days before they can become lobbyists or be appointed to the Senate.

But there is a solution. I invite my Conservative friends, and especially the next member to speak, to look up from the Prime Minister’s memo and tell us what is really going on in their ridings, talk to us seriously about concerns with respect to service cuts. They have a choice: they can continue to serve as PMO puppets or they can do what they should be doing, which is representing the interests of their constituents. The ball is in their court.


‘Sad to see’

  1. Kellie Leith, here’s to you!

  2. I had a very similar thought yesterday as I watched that poor schlub filling in for Gerry Ritz. There is no point in pretending to respect people who have zero respect for themselves. If you’re willing to trade your integrity away for an empty title then you’re not worthy of respect.

  3. I have a backbencher Cons member who never seems to read these members PMO scripts. How does he get away with that? Or are the ones who do just gutless and afraid to say no. Can you say no?

    • They LIKE reading the scripts and being recorded in Hansard: it’s the only time the lowly backbenchers gets to feel like they’re part of Parliament. They like it, trust me.

      • So they can say no.

  4. While I appreciate the sentiment, I think Cuzner and Dube are working from a false assumption: that this bunch of Conservative MPs can feel shame.

  5. Who would have thought that Conservatives[ some of them former reformers too] would have endured this from their leadership for so long. That is the saddest part of all; by being so loyal to this party they are betraying time honoured principles of Conservatism.
    We truly live in a non serious age, as far as politics are concerned anyway.

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