The Backbench Top Ten

by Aaron Wherry

Our weekly, and wholly arbitrary, ranking of the ten most worthy, or at least entertaining, MPs, excluding the Prime Minister, cabinet members and party leaders. A celebration of all that is great and ridiculous about the House of Commons. Last week’s rankings appear in parentheses.

1. Jim Prentice (1)
At the risk of belabouring the point, here is a rough sketch of the precedents Mr. Prentice is now up against. Whatever the spasm of adulation that followed his exit, his chances for a successful return are slim.
2. Larry Miller (-)
Reportedly the steadfast conscience of the Conservative government. Though it’s difficult to know how much credence to give that report, given the press gallery’s well-noted agenda.
3. Maxime Bernier (2)
4. Michael Chong (3)
Mr. Chong’s motion on Question Period reform received its first day of committee hearings late last month: the transcript of which is here.
5. Keith Martin (-)
Which Al Pacino speech should inspire Mr. Martin‘s final address to Parliament: And Justice For All (“This whole trial’s out of order!”) or Scent of a Woman (“If I were half the man I was five years ago, I’d take a flamethrower to this place!”)?
6. Jack Harris (5)
7. Serge Menard (7)
8. James Rajotte (9)
9. Ken Dryden (10)
10. Bob Rae (-)
Another Liberal with a new book to his name. If nothing else, the official opposition is making good use of its time out of government.

Previous rankings: March 12March 19April 3April 10April 25May 1May 9May 16May 23May 30June 6June 13June 20September 26October 3October 10October 17October 24October 31. November 7.

The Backbench Top Ten

  1. At the risk of belabouring the point, here is why I believe the PPG swoons over Prentice (including Wherry and Geddes – Wells it seems to me for quite some time was not sucked in, and saw his true colours). Kinsella sums up the phenomena here when referring to G.W. Bush:

    So, are we Liberals (and liberals) going soft on Bush, the fellow quite a few of us thought made the planet measurably less safe, clean, and prosperous? Nope; we still blame him for all of those things. But, like I say, he's a hard guy to hate.

    I attribute all of this to the one characteristic that conservative politicians generally possess in greater quantities than Liberal politicians: HOAG.

    That is, Bush was a Hell Of A Guy. As the political cliche goes, you can picture yourself at a tailgate party with Dubya, swigging Buds, telling lies about the ones that got away. John Kerry or Al Gore, you just can't. Eating quiche and sipping spritzers at a rich debutante's coming-out party at Harvard, maybe. But HOAGs? Nope. http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/2010

    PPG love of Prentice: HOAGy

  2. I don't know anything about Larry Miller (although I like his competition very much) but to be named the 'conscience' of the party, in the same week as we learn that Conservative Senators are now sending out the 10 percenters the MPs can't, is akin to being labelled the 'good' terrorist, isn't it?

  3. Did you just compare Tories to terrorists ??

    Outraged Cats.

  4. Well, Cons don't seem to have any reading comprehension skills….that's certainly terrifying.

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