Letters to the Editor

NDP rookie MPs feed humour mill

To the Editor,

The NDPs ‘robbing the cradles’ of Quebec to find candidates to run in the last federal election has certainly fed the humour mill, as your May 10 cartoon with the ‘question period’ question “will there be homework?” amusingly illustrates.

We knew that NDP leader Jack-in-the-box Layton had promised national daycare, but who thought he’d kick-start it on Parliament hill?

Will there be a new school bus route between Quebec and Ottawa? Will taxpayers have to pay for Ruth Ellen ‘Las Vegas’ Brosseau’s French lessons, or will the New Democratic Bloc (NDB) foot the bill? Will the first NDB motion to be tabled nominate Kraft Dinner as the official food of the Common House?

All ‘kidding’ aside, should fledgling MPs be entitled to a full MP’s six-figure salary while undergoing a long Parliamentary learning process? When I compare this charade with seeing smart young people in Nanaimo who work for minimum wage in order to further their education, I can’t help wondering – is this the NDP’s idea of fairness for all?

The promises that genial Jack made to Quebecers during his campaign stops must now sound a bit hollow in view of an unexpected Conservative majority, which also adds to the humour.

And who is there to represent that province in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet? One good Quebec MP who got re-elected is Maxime Bernier who I think, as a staunch fiscal Conservative, would be great as head of the Treasury Board.

More fun to come.

Jim Corder

Nanaimo

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

City of Nanaimo issues demolition orders for buildings
 
Craigdarrock Castle decks the halls
 
How our first order Estevan Lens got chipped
Holidays are coming
 
The bird count is back next month in Parksville Qualicum Beach
 
Local youngsters perform with Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Angel Tree
 
Realtor turned festive artist
 
Kinsmen trivia challenge on Saturday

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 27 edition online now. Browse the archives.