Unbecoming? MOI? Had anybody else on HTMF referred to Ms Rice as “um what’s her name” and found a way to divert a discussion on Jason Kenney to one on the MLAs travel budget and her apparent silence on a federal initiative, I wouldn’t have made the jest of Mr. Hamilton hacking the account. But it was so Todd Hamilton and so unlike your usual insightful comments, that I couldn’t resist.
But seeing that this thread should now be renamed “um what’s her name” as that appears to be the topic at hand, let me say this about that.
Whatever blunders and incompetencies the NDP mustered while blowing the election, nobody can suggest that Skills Training was not a big part of their platform. I think we can safely assume that Jennifer Rice and the NDP are in favour of Skills Training.
While you say that labour’s “strongest champion is Jason Kenney, with former Liberal leader Bob Rae somewhere in the background, and what’s her name and her party nowhere in sight”, I was wondering why you made no mention of the provincial Liberals and their (failed?) jobs program that they spent millions of taxpayer dollars bragging about in TV ads.
I am not even going to try to defend Jennifer Rice, not my job, not my desire or inclination. She’s a rookie MLA in a party with a lame duck leader facing a government that has over three years left to do whatever the hell they please. While I hope our MLA becomes a strong advocate for the concerns of the people on the Northcoast and does a good job in her role as opposition critic, I am not going to be fixated on her apparent silence (I did see her interviewed on TV the other day) while ignoring what the people with the actual power are doing.[/quote]
A bit of a surprise to see that the administrators have adopted your suggestion and renamed the thread. Okay, let’s go with that; this is about “um what’s her name”, our local MLA, representing the party with the “lame duck leader” that committed many “blunders and incompetencies” while “blowing the election”, but whom we can “safely assume” supports skills training although they have not said anything on that topic that either of us can recall, at least since the election. You hope that she “becomes a strong advocate”. I agree with you on all of that.
Where we seem to differ is that while you’re not going to be “fixated” about her “apparent silence”, I’m Todd Hamilton for pointing out her silence and also that she is the NDP’s highest spender on travel. Now, if I was Todd I would say something like “How big is [um what’s her name’s] carbon footprint?” and “if she’s really against energy development she shouldn’t be flying in airplanes?” Those are probably poor renditions, I know, but then I’m not Todd.
Skills training cannot be just dismissed as a “federal initiative”. The feds are cutting grants to the provinces from $500 million to $200 million and the issue is under negotiation. < theglobeandmail.com/news/pol … e16846086/ >.
The fact that the government has a majority should not mean that the NDP and our local MLA somehow get a free pass for the next three years, travelling around and racking up expenses but maintaining “apparent silence” on important issues. Energy development is not an issue that is going away. They really should have something to say about it.