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Makes sense


 

Conservative MP Pat Davidson says it would be wrong to suggest proroguing Parliament means MPs will be on holiday. Conservative MP Gary Schellenberger says the proroguing of Parliament means he can take some time off to enjoy the Olympics.

Mr. Schellenberger admitted he may try to take two or three weeks off during the Winter Olympic Games and may try to get to Vancouver if he can find accommodation.

The Olympics in Canada were another good reason to prorogue Parliament, he added. “If we are sitting, how do MPs get to those events,” he said of the Olympic games. “It makes sense that we are not sitting.”


 

Makes sense

  1. "Mr. Schellenberger admitted he may try to take two or three weeks off during the Winter Olympic Games and may try to get to Vancouver"

    Two or *three* weeks? The games only last two weeks. How much time does he need to watch them?

  2. MP Gary Schellenberger: The Olympics in Canada were another good reason to prorogue Parliament, he added. ”If we are sitting, how do MPs get to those events. It makes sense that we are not sitting.”

    Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber: “Democracy and Parliament are not being sidestepped — they are only being suspended.”

    A pollster noted that a problem Harper has created for himself with prorogation is that, for two months, he has no way to change the fact that Parliament is not sitting, to change the story.

    I think a bigger problem for him is that for two months he has no way to walk down the hall and scream at his own MPs to just shut the f**k up.

  3. Oh, I was going to use that! It's like an updated version for the new decade.

  4. Heh, just got my Harris Decima newsletter:

    The top item under "In the News" is this little gem.
    12.28.09 Mission in Afghanistan is Top Story of the Decade for Canadians
    Respondents predict a woman premier and a new Liberal federal government in the next ten years, but not an independent Quebec. three-in-ten Canadians believe the military mission in Afghanistan is the top Canadian story of the past ten years…

    I wonder if that woman will be from Alberta?

  5. Of course,

    most common sense Canadians must surely believe that Conservative MP's spend their non-sitting days in pure leisure time,

    while Liberal MP's slave away, 'till all hours of the night for the good of all humankind.

    Perhaps the "analysis" here can be shortened a bit to:

    Conservatives are bad. Liberals are good.

    It would save a few key strokes and be a tad more above board.

    Though I suspect it's the latter point that may cause the resistance to this simplification.

  6. If that works for you.

    Me, I wouldn't be as simplistic. But if that is how you feel now, Biff, welcome to the other side.

  7. I'd bet on Deb Matthews as Premier of Ontario

  8. During Christmas break. Duh.

  9. Just go prorogue your job for a while. Go on. Try it.

  10. "A pollster noted that a problem Harper has created for himself with prorogation is that, for two months, he has no way to change the fact that Parliament is not sitting, to change the story, that he's given the opposition parties two free months to batter him with this issue with no way out. "

    It gets worse. The so-called PR bonus that Harper and his crew were going to get from the Games is going to backfire. From this point on, every image of a Tory MP or Minister sitting in the bleachers at the game will be a reminder to Canadians that these politicians chose to forego their responsibilities to the Nation.

    While the rest of us have to work every day and watch the games from home, those politicians will be living it up in BC at our expense… Literally!

    How's that for a Chess Master genius?

  11. Well, Gary will be going to the Special Olympics, you see.

  12. We have to collect photos of Conservative MPs at work!

  13. Meh. I'd like to agree with you, but it really largely depends on how much life there is left in the scandal. The Vancouver Games don't begin until 12 Feb. If a week's a lifetime in politics, God knows what thirty-six days will do…

  14. The only way for this to die down is if another big story a la christmas bombing supplants it. Harper made a monumental mistake and I can only hope that the Libs and the Dippers will use these two months wisely.

  15. ”If we are sitting, how do MPs get to those events,” he said of the Olympic games.

    How indeed? It must be tough when faced with these decisions. I sure feel like I am getting value for the $155,000 per annum we pay these people when they say and do things like that. MPs have completely lost the plot if they feel comfortable admitting they can't be bothered to do the work we pay them to do.

  16. Ted, out of curiosity, have you ever considered becoming a candidate? It would probably mean a pay cut if you were elected, but I think you'd make an excellent Liberal MP.

  17. See you are forgetting the lesson of the stimulus plan. Obviously he has been led to believe by his PM that as a Conservative MP he has certain priorities and privileges that other non-Conservative MPs and non-MPs altogether don't get.

  18. Thank you, CR. I think. I'm assuming you telling me to "go sit in Parliament" is not some modern equivalent of "go to hell". ;-)

    I like being married too much to consider it.

  19. Yes, it is amazing, isn't it?

    Given that MPs should be a bit media savvy, Schellenberger doesn't seem to have the sense and/or ethics one might have expected even if he was flipping hamburgers at Macdonalds. Poor Canada, being (not)served by such an arrogant idiot.

  20. Did you and jarrid type that together? the short sentences and the constant new paragraphs make it difficult to read.

  21. There go the interns ruining things for everyone again…

  22. Hang out at the speedskating oval, and look for the guy who looks like Gary Schellenberger.

  23. Pity. I always had Schellenberger pegged as one of the Good Conservatives.

  24. He is.

    That's what's scary.

  25. God help us if Harper ever gets a majority !

  26. Short. Simple. Mostly monosyllabic. You have a great future ahead of you writing CPC "ten percenters". Speaking of, jeeze, it's a long time since I've received one.

  27. Troll. Feeding. You did. Unwise.

  28. Hmmm…..Harper's supposed to be an economist. We all know that the period of time of prorogation is "tax" time. The financial people will be working their butts off, weekends, overtime to get out those T4's/T5's and all that good tax stuff

    Perhaps the financial industry and employers should take that time off for the Olympics and to hell with Ottawa receiving taxes due.

  29. "Mr. Schellenberger admitted he may try to take two or three weeks off during the Winter Olympic Games and may try to get to Vancouver if he can find accommodation."

    Interesting to note that Mr. Schellenberger was first elected as a Progressive Conservative. Then Canadian Alliance leader Stephen Harper even came to Mr. Schellenberger's riding and campaigned in support of Mr. Schellenberger's Alliance opponent.

  30. As a member of said financial industry, who has just now finished preparing one client's payroll information for the T4 program, that doesn't make me feel any better. And who decided the Olympics should be on in February, anyhow? Some people's office didn't call and say don't bother until March, you know.

  31. Nice! Thanks for mentioning it, Sisyphus. Accidental Deliberations is such a great blog.

  32. Media Savvy for a Conservative MP is supposed to be easy. If you see a journalist, pop back down in your hole. Ever seen a prairie dog?

  33. Every tit's entitled to his titillating entitlements.

  34. Hmmm. That's funny, I was under the distinct impression that he already had done so.

    Why won't the NHL give Hamilton an professional hockey team? Because then Toronto would want one too.

  35. There were a lot of us in southern Ontario who were pretty excited at the prospect of getting a team in Hamilton. We have always felt that we deserved a professional hockey team around here. There hasn't been onew since the 60's…

  36. "God help us if Harper ever gets a majority"

    Rest easy for now,
    Stay at sites like this and comfort yourself among others here who tell themselves that all canadians and not just your kindreds here, will put Iggy in power, because of…ahem…prorogation.
    Enjoy it while you can,

    because an election is coming in just a few short weeks, and the Liberals will have no policy, no platform, no clear ideas on how to steer our economy better than Harper has, and all the faux scandal chasing in the world,

    will not change that startling fact.

  37. But defending Iggy's luxurious sojourns in Southern France,

    in 3…2…1

  38. Well of course if MPs can take 2 weeks off to go watch the Olympics, why can't the rest of us do that??

  39. "the Liberals will have no policy, no platform, no clear ideas on how to steer our economy"

    That didn't seem to bother Harper in 2008 too much. Maybe the key to winning is refusing to have a platform…Ignatieff is apparently a quick study!

    • Was that before Canadians gave them +17 seats in 2008 or are you referring to November 2009 when Canadians again sent 2 more CPC to govern?

      Funny how when we get to vote we DON'T send any Liberals.

  40. Might be something available in the way of accomodations on Craigslist or Kijiji

  41. It's interesting that you say an election is coming in a few short weeks. In his interview with Akin and Ivison, the Prime Minister said there would not. Who should I believe? Before you answer, biff, consider that this may be a trick question.

  42. Perhaps we should recall parliament and pass legislation giving all Canadians those two weeks off in addition to any vacation time they might otherwise have so that they might attend too if they choose to do so.

    Seems only fair. Maybe get some other things dealt with on the side.

  43. Carole Taylor in BC.

  44. Two words: caucus retreat.

  45. That's a pretty thin crop you're picking through, Dave.

  46. It was my understanding that biff is a senior Green Party staffer, so he may know something we don't know.

  47. Harper's already hinted at dealing us the green shaft, er shaft, um shift ala income trusts. Dare say why the Liberals need to produce unpopular policy ideas when Harper seems hellbent on embracing them months later?

  48. Heh. I assure you that it was purely complimentary.

  49. Mr. Schellenberger said he will not be working in Ottawa but he continues to perform his role as a member of parliament. "I am always working. My offices are open, it's business as usual. I have a BlackBerry."

    "We don't have any committees meeting. We don't have any debates right now. But when we get back, hopefully the opposition are willing to co-operate."
    —————–

    And by "co-operate" he means do exactly what the Cons want them to do. Sorry, Cons, still a minority!

  50. I hear that Brian Burke is planning to Prorogue the Toronto Maple Leafs until March. Heck if it works for the government, maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs could recalibrate too.

  51. Ouch! The day has come when Biff has more credibility with Maclean's commenters than our Prime Minister does. Not saying you're wrong, Craigola, just that it's sad.

  52. I also like how his quote suggests he can be an MP via phone, just like our PM can 'suspend democracy' via phone…

  53. Mr. Schellenberger should be working for his constituents every working day. Get back to work.

  54. Talk about arrogance and being privileged. I can't wait for the next round of pathetic excuses from the conservative camp.

  55. If prorogueing is not a vacation so they can attend the olympics, attending the Olympics must be work?

  56. HE`S Never done anything useful while he is working for us so let him go on his own dime of course

    • as a member of his riding, i agree. He's done absolutely nothing except make stupid comments, and attend any function he can, provided its got lots of food and beer. Oh, or go to a grade 5 class where he can prattle on about nothing and avoid answering tough questions.