The Liberal MP from Ottawa, David McGuinty, seems to believe that being Alberta-first disqualifies MPs from being in Ottawa. In his world, apparently, MPs cannot support their constituents’ interests and their local industries, because, in McGuinty’s words, “They are national legislators with a national responsibility…”.
What silly nonsense.
According to David McGuinty—Premier Dalton McGuinty’s brother, by the way—those MPs who strongly support Alberta’s energy industry are “shills” who “who lack national vision.” He added:
They really should go back to Alberta and run either for municipal council in a city that’s deeply affected by the oilsands business or go run for the Alberta legislature."
Are all Liberal MPs that bigoted against Albertans and their energy sector? Let’s hope not. I certainly would like to hear a clarification from those Grits who plan to contest the Liberal Party leadership as to how they feel about McGuinty’s statements. What a toxic environment they’d be in Ottawa if the Liberals formed a government the members of which shared this MP’s narrow views.
Same old Grits, eh? Anyone who doesn’t share their view should just shut up and go home. Funny, though, you don’t hear the Grits talking the same way about Quebec-first MPs, of whom so many have populated the Liberal party’s seats in the House of Commons for decades.