This past Sunday, I watched CTV’s Question Period with hosts Jane Taber and Craig Oliver. The two did a great job of giving the Grits on the show a good old-fashioned spanking. This I found rather surprising since they are usually cheerleaders for the Grits.
But what really appalled me was the performance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s parliamentary assistant, Pierre Poilievre.
His adolescent behaviour was disappointing at best as he ignored every question or request for opinion and offered instead a silly “commercial” for the economic stimulus the government has used to try fight the world-wide financial crisis to get us out of the recession.
Question Period is a serious program on which serious issues of national importance are discussed. It is to programs like these that many of us tune in to hear adult discussion of the political topics of the week. Mr. Poilievre’s disrespect for the audience was insulting.
These are serious times, and Mr. Poilievre’s performance was reminiscent of the sort of silly, school-boy tactics we were treated to after the last federal election. Those tactics, in part, precipitated a political crisis last fall and in a drop in public support for the party this past summer. Our elected members seemed to have learned a lesson for we saw a definite improvement in their behaviour over the past several months. But I guess some leopards just can’t can’t change their spots. As soon as the opposition loses its teeth, they return to form.
It’s time for these caucus members to grow up and recognize that they are voted for by adults. And they are sent to parliament to represent us, not to some high school debating society where their silly tactics might buy them a cheer or too.
I, for one, want serious adult representation, not boyish nonsense.
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