The voice of the people


Speaking with reporters after QP yesterday, Irwin Cotler was asked if he would advise somebody to get into politics.

I would still recommend people going into politics. I go back to what John Turner once said when I first started to work with him in, in my late 20s, and he said politics is the highest form of public service. I still regard is as the highest form of public service and I was brought to this House when I was 12-years old and my father turned to me and said, and I still remember his words, and he said son, this is vox populi. This is the voice of the people. Today, people might react cynically. I don’t. I still think this is the voice of the people. I intend to speak and work on behalf of the people. And on this issue, their voice has not yet spoken the final word either. 

At Huffington Post, Mr. Cotler explains his concerns with the Speaker’s ruling.


The voice of the people

  1. PJ O’Rourke ~ At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child – miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.

    • At the core of  Conservatism in Canada is the lyer and the cheater – miserable, deceitful , ashamed of their country, demanding that it ignores its history, spendthift and inebriated by an insatiable thirst for the endebtness of government and citizens.  Conservatism in Canada is philosophy of bankruptcy and leaderless pompous a..holes.

    • Tony — do you have an original thought?

    • No Liberalism no Conservatism…O’Rourke is  politically illiterate. Are you?

    • The Conservatism of Haprer is “… a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”*

      *George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty Four

    • I think you could put a line through that ‘Maybe’. 

    • That certainly adds a new wrinkle.  I agree with JanBC – lose the “Maybe”.

  2. The one thing Sheer got right was that the actions of the Conservative Party were reprehensible.  I think tat word could be applied to any number of things they do.

  3. I didn’t realize Cotler had the contempt bit in there as well, just reading the ruling.  Which it clearly, clearly was–so I have to take back my agreement of Scheer’s ruling on that grounds.

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