The Michael Ignatieff-led Liberals plan to head back to Parliament Hill on January 25 to undertake a series of roundtables and pre-budget consultations on issues including jobs creation, unemployment, veterans’ issues and the environment. Good grief!
Here these MPs have a chance to spend some time in their ridings helping their constituents—something they are often too busy to do personally—and they prefer to waste taxpayer money by traveling all the way back to Ottawa to perform a stunt they hope will embarrass the Stephen Harper Conservatives.
Imagine travelling from British Columbia to Ottawa so they make an adolescent point. That must total several hundred dollars in travelling cost, and for what?
“We’re not just showing up for a photo op, we’re showing up to go to work. That’s the point,” Ignatieff said. Horse manure! Parliament will not be in session, folks. You Liberal MPs will get far more useful work done back in your ridings—or is riding work not worth your time?
All Ignatieff has done since he became leader of the official opposition is to lead silly stunts and threaten elections if the Conservatives don’t come to his heel. But the Liberal leader says he will not push for an election despite the “crazy way” the Tories have of running a democracy. Of course not. Bluster and posture, but don’t really try to unseat the “un-democratic” Tories—that’s the Ignatieff way.
Bob Rae must be crushed that Ignatieff will not force an election over prorogation. The sooner we have a general election and the Grits return to Ottawa with about 80 seats, the sooner the LPC will dump the Professor, Ignatieff can return to Harvard and Bob can take over the LPC and merge it with the New Democrats.
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