Whatever you say, boss

by Aaron Wherry

Joan Crockatt seems ready to be a backbencher.

“If I’m a backbench MP, I’m just fine doing that,” Ms. Crockatt said. “To me, the job is to support the Prime Minister in whatever way that he thinks.”




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Whatever you say, boss

  1. Odd. I thought the job was to represent your constitutents to your party, not your party to your constituents.

    • I know, who would have thought that her job, as an elected official, is to represent the people who voted for her?! What a novel concept!

    • That is so 2005. She hits the ground running, having mastered the talking point presentation on her CBC performances. She can skip the training camp.

    • Ha! Zing! Perfect.

  2. Tell me how this different from the unconditional support offered by the members of the NDP party for Pat Martin in regard to slanderous comments he made about Racknine and the resulting lawsuit? Mr. Martin admitted he made false comments but the party is backing him even so. Obviously, being an elected MP isn’t always about representing your constiuents. There is a big helping of party loyalty involved as well.

    • Tell me, tell me how snow is different from a pirate ship! TELL ME! TELL ME!

      • A pirate ship could in fact have been a snow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_(ship)). In fact, it appears that a couple of US naval vessels in the War of 1812 were snows, so we should see TV advertisements about them any day now! “200 years ago, snows came to Canada!” This could be exciting!

    • I think it is different, in that the NDP members and party are standing by him as he faces a lawsuit. Absent the lawsuit, I don’t think he’d have all-party support (although, that is different from condemnation). In other words, I think they are standing behind the man in trouble, not necessarily the comments that got him in trouble. However, taking your point about party loyalty in the broader sense, there is of course a portion of that in every MPs every decision. Where it becomes a problem is when it is BLIND loyalty, which Joan Crockatt pretty much admits is her goal here.

      • So sticking by Pat Martin when he slanders Canadians and calls them criminals isn’t BLIND loyalty….hmmm, good to know.

        • Heh. You do realize you’re doing the exact same thing?

          Until the trial is finished, the jury is out on whether Martin slandered anybody.

          Just like until EC’s investigation is finished, the jury is out on whether RackNine was engaged in criminal behaviour.

        • Nothing Cons would ever do…

        • The behaviour of Pat Martin and his supporters is interesting, but ultimately Joan Crockatt is not obliged, in any way, to mimic that behaviour.

          If the “right” thing to do is to represent all of your constituents, then that is what Crockatt should do.

    • Why do clowns always insist on blurring the topics by pointing to something completely unrelated? Healthcare Insider needs a lot of mental “Healthcare”.

    • Exactly. There is WAY too much party loyalty happening in Ottawa.

      It would be much better if MPs would do some thinking, some ruminating, some toing and froing with all of their constituents (even those that didn’t vote for them) and the other MPs. After all of that they could make up their own minds about the legislation under consideration.

      Sadly, it doesn’t seem that Joan will be adopting that strategy.

  3. I hope that comment awakens the voters in her riding. Do we really need any more sycophants in government?

  4. Why is this surprising anybody? The PM is the one who actually hires her because his signature is required on the nomination papers to let her run for the party. The people don’t hire the MPs anymore, all they do is choose between the employees picked by the party leaders.

    The only problem with what she said is that the Canadian public doesn’t like to have the truth presented so brazenly to them.

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