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‘The need for more inspiring public discourse on things that matter’

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth tweets


 

For whatever reason, Stephen Woodworth, Conservative MP for Kitchener Centre, felt it necessary Tuesday night to explain his day in a rapid succession of Twitter messages.

a good meeting this morning with a senior’s advisory council I have formed

also this afternoon a chance to announce $298000 to support young mothers

this evening a briefing on the Cdn Int’l Peace Project from its founder

also this evening an excellent conversation with a constituent about the need for more inspiring public discourse on things that matter

earlier today a meeting with an aspiring municipal candidate to encourage and advise him

i’ve spent almost 13 hours today “not working.”


 
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‘The need for more inspiring public discourse on things that matter’

  1. Woodworth? About $2.15 for a 2×4, last time I checked.

  2. Why…it's almost as if important governance-related things keep happening despite Parliament not sitting, and for some reason – heaven knows why – he feels as though he ought to highlight this fact. Seriously, why would he have to emphasize it on Twitter? I mean, it's not like there's some kind of concerted ongoing media narrative to the contrary out there, right?

    • Indeed. Democracy is nowhere near as efficient as dictatorship.

    • honest question. Does Parliament not sitting reduce democratic accountability? Is this important?

      • S&M – honest, I'm not stalking you: My honest answer is that it mattered enough that the government took a strategic decision to get out of its way. Ask the conservatives how much it mattered during the HRDC and Long Gun scambles they created. And I'm doing my best not to sound like a LIb-Bot or Con-Bot or anything like that. It takes an awful lot to cut through apathy, complexity, competing attention consumers, etc… Without the prospect of some form of head on collision, between opposition and government, how much could a backbencher or opposition leader hope to accomlish in calling attention to issues they feel need it?

      • Committees are shut down too, let's not forget..

        But in the big picture, I think context matters a great deal. If a government is facing demands from the house, and if a government is in the midst of persuing a legislative agenda, and if there are contentuous issues afoot, then proroguing parliament counts as an evasion of accountability.

    • But why bother, when "Canadians don't care"?

  3. "i've spent almost 13 hours today “not working.” "

    They really do resent accountability. Sounds like a petulant teenager.

    • You can almost hear the middle finger parting the air as he hits "send", can't you?

      • I'm wondering how their usual siege mentality is going to work for them when their perceived enemy is the voters they represent, instead of the media or opposition parties.

        • Thanks, Sean. Best chuckle of the day!

        • I don't think you'll be wondering much longer.

    • Lighten up guys; Woodworth is just having a little fun with you guys and the media after a hard days work.

      A better exercise for the media would be to check in with a lib. backbencher to see if he is using his time more constructively then in last fall`s Parliamentary sitting.

      • That makes no sense at all.

        • Simple: You are accusing a backbench opp. MP of participating in a dictatorship, not working at his job, and being afraid of the voters. I`m saying : The media should interview an opp. MP and ask him-her how she contributed in the last session of Parliament. So let`s start with body-bag Carolyn Bennett.

          That would be an example of a fair and balanced media.

          • Yes, let's blame the ones who didn't lock the doors on parliament. Surely they must be held responsible.

          • Sadly, in this case you`re right.

  4. I suspect it is all an attempt to keep the prorogue thing in the news. I am not sure what is the strategic benefit to the Conservatives but then again I only play checkers.

  5. I love these back bench pols — they think WE believe that having lunch with a political friend is a "meeting to encourage and advise" and that giving two-minute greetings written by the actual minister's staff, at a fund raising event, is work.

    No, that is not work. And we all know it, buddy, we all know it.

    • Yea i just spent 10 hours with the wife [er.. she did most of the work] putting in the new kitchen floor. Not quite 13 hrs…guess i was a tad lazy by comparisan.

    • I know someone in Mr. Woodworth's riding who would be ideal for his senior's advisory council, I wonder how he chose the people he did. I mean, if he's appointing these poeple to give him advice, one would assume he'd want a broad range of opinions (otherwise why not have just one person?). I do wonder what the criteria was.

      I also wonder what the point is, but that's a separate issue and even if its mostly pointless (as a backbench MP), I give him points for trying.

  6. If he's got time to play on twitter, then he ain't working…

    • Right, because that 10 seconds it takes to Tweet is really cramping his style. And God knows nobody else uses time at work to tweet, or blog, or Facebook. And EVERY message that comes in on a Blackberry must be mission-critical information coming in from HQ.

      How many Liberals out there were tweeting yesterday? Clearly they must have been doing nothing also.

    • If your standing in the hallway in Parliament for a photo-op, you ain't working.

  7. Last election, he barely squeaked into office as our local MP. He's been squeaking ever since. I took a problem to his constituency office and received only the information I already had, so I was not impressed and I remain unimpressed.

    Parliament would be an excellent place for "public discourse"

    His twittering "don't impress me much"

  8. "the need for more inspiring public discourse on things that matter"
    a well chosen headline

    Now (for those who need reminding) the reality of the Cons approach and why this disingenuous statement is actually absurd:

    Taliban lovers
    You don't support our troops
    Not a leader
    Deflecting blame from themselves to the troops
    Political ads (personal attack ads to-boot) run (without precedent in Canada) outside the writ period
    Fire or neuter every oversight person or body or process
    Nuclear Safety
    Bad Meat (then joke about the resulting deaths)
    Military Complaints
    RCMP watchdog
    HoC Committee (an actual how-to manual to disrupt and shut down)
    Colvin
    Separatist/Socialist/Illegal coup
    10%ers with nasty messages sent all over the country via HoC communication loopholes
    Blatantly partisan Gov't advertising
    World rebound CDN judge/UN-leader called a disgrace
    You are an anti-semite

    and the list goes on…

    Oh, I see avr trying to peddle "its the media's fault" (like that silly article in yesterdays Chiliwack Times) with more sophisticated language: "some kind of concerted media/opposition narrative"
    No, the "no body will care" pundits were simply drowned out by media coverage of a groundswell.

  9. "the need for more inspiring public discourse on things that matter"
    a well chosen headline

    Now (for those who need reminding) the reality of the Cons approach and why this disingenuous statement is actually absurd:

    Taliban lovers
    You don't support our troops
    Not a leader
    Deflecting blame from themselves to the troops
    Political ads (personal attack ads to-boot) run (without precedent in Canada) outside the writ period
    Fire or neuter every oversight person or body or process such as:
    * Nuclear Safety
    * Bad Meat (then joke about the resulting deaths)
    * Military Complaints
    * RCMP watchdog
    * HoC Committees (an actual how-to manual to disrupt and shut down)
    * Colvin
    Separatist/Socialist/Illegal coup
    10%ers with nasty messages sent all over the country via HoC communication loopholes
    Blatantly partisan Gov't advertising
    World renowned CDN judge/UN-leader called a disgrace
    You are an anti-semite

    and the list goes on…

    Oh, I see avr trying to peddle "its the media's fault" (like that silly article in yesterdays Chiliwack Times) with more sophisticated language: "some kind of concerted media/opposition narrative"
    No, the "no body will care" pundits were simply drowned out by media coverage of a groundswell.

  10. It sort of seems to me that he is highlighting the ineptness of the Conservatives here. After all, the Parliamentary Calendar already has many breaks in it to allow MPs to do exactly this sort of activity. What was he doing during this period?

    Some people would suggest that one of the key roles of a Member of Parliament would be, y'know, spending time in Parliament

  11. The twit twitters twisted torrents to trolls to torpedo truth.

    • Touche!

  12. Im sure the people that run dictatorships also put in a lot of hours. Its not really the point.

  13. A long talk with a constituent about a need for a higher level of discourse in gov't?

    Keen.. so when do we Maclean's commentators get our cheques for doing the same damn thing, Mr. Woodworth? Hell, the number of man hours we've spent talking about how we need better discourse in politics completely dwarfs your 13.

    • ~ sending virtual cheque to Thwim ~

  14. Just to prove that the Conservatives are hard at work: I've received 3 ten percenters in the last week.
    Two embracing how Conservatives help families, from Jason Kenney and one explaining how they are keeping families “safer“, courtesy of Diane Finley.
    Diane`s is especially poignant as it peddles the Conservative fight against crime – though prorogation wiped a number of these bills off the table.

  15. Hmmm….hand out vote buying cheque – how hard is that?

    Hmmm – 3 meetings. How long were those meetings? If they were an hour each that would only be 3 hours.

    …sigh….

    They say that empty wagons rattle the most

  16. For those in the area, Mr. Woodworth is throwing a party on Saturday.

    from his calender:

    Please join me for a New Year`s Leveé
    Stanley Park Community Centre
    505 Franklin Street North
    Kitchener, Ontario

    Saturday, January 23, 2010
    1:00 – 3:00 pm

    Otherwise, he has kept January clear… no doubt so he can take on all of the important items that keep popping up.

    • Damnit, the one weekend I'm out of town too… I have dozens of propaganda-style ten percenters from him that I would very much like to give back to him, preferably rectally.

      • I'd be there to REFUSE to shake his hand, if I didn't have something better to do.

    • You do all realize that was the day the rest of us were at the No-Prorogue rally, right?

      Mind you, our organizer did mention it taking place and suggested some of us might want to wander over there to get his take on things, since he couldn't be bothered to join us before 1:00.

  17. This is exactly what the coalition of losers demanded, billions in stimulus handouts,
    only difference is they wanted to be the ones making the announcements.

    • Many think any opposition MPs of the riding should be at those photo ops with the checque. After all, those MPs represent most Canadians.

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