Dramatic flourish of the day - Macleans.ca
 

Dramatic flourish of the day


 

The NDP’s Pat Martin asks a question of the government this afternoon.

Mr. Speaker, as part of their blitzkrieg of self-promotion, the government is hanging home renovation flyers on the doorknobs of 3.5 million Canadian homes. Will the Minister of Transport and gilding the lily please tell us how much these doorknob thingies are costing the taxpayer? Who is being paid to deliver them to 3.5 million homes? Who is deciding which neighbourhoods and which targeted ridings are getting these gratuitous reminders of the glory that is Rome from the font from which surely all goods things and sunshine must flow?


 

Dramatic flourish of the day

  1. "Who is deciding which neighbourhoods and which targeted ridings are getting these gratuitous reminders of the glory that is Rome from the font from which surely all goods things and sunshine must flow?"

    I like the cut of Martin's jib with that comment but I don't think it is clever for NDP to be getting too snarky about labour/jobs.

  2. Pat Martin's follow-up was even more dramatic:

    … Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses

  3. That's a direct quote from Juvenal, Satires 10.77.81:

    iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli
    uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim
    imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se
    continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat,
    panem et circenses.

  4. Yes :-)

    Pat Martin didn't really say that… I was just having a bit of fun.

    • Is he 'aving a laugh? Are you 'aving a laugh?

  5. One of the downsides of being in a Clownservative riding is the constant stream of shyte from the local yes-man MP telling us voters how great he is and otherwise trying to cultivate Steve Harper's cult of personality. It must work to some degree in strong CON ridings like this but I find it phony and demeaning because I'm the dope that is paying for all this self-aggrandizing Con love. What I see is a lot of money being shoveled out the door for partisan reasons. Where is monetary prudence in all this? Harper won in 2006 on the premise that he would run a tight ship, be accountable and transparent. These are ideals he has long since abandoned.

  6. Everybody wanted a ton of money we don't have going out the door asap. What, oh what, did everybody actually expect? Real-world answers please.