Saturday, February 27, 2010

The stragglers' list

Oddly enough, the Libs' response to the Cons' list of Harper Holiday work has included only the number of Con MPs with zero days' work, rather than a complete list of the offenders. So having started with the Saskatchewan contingent, let's name and shame the Con MPs who - according to their own party - didn't do anything at all reaching the work level of such listed activities as "(attending) Scotties Tournament of Hearts", "(touring) Detroit Auto Show" or "(participating) in a Lunar New Year event".

For ease of reference, I'll list the MP along with the riding which should soon be seeking better representation. Note that my numbers don't entirely match the Libs', as I get a total of 60 MPs rather than their 77. I'm not sure why that is, but would invite corrections to the below if I'm off in any of the listed or omitted MPs.

British Columbia (11): Ed Fast (Abbotsford); Dick Harris (Cariboo - Prince George); John Cummins (Delta - Richmond East); Ron Cannan (Kelowna - Lake Country); Jim Abbott (Kootenay - Columbia); Mark Warawa (Langley); James Lunney (Nanaimo - Alberni); Colin Mayes (Okanagan - Shuswap); Alice Wong (Richmond); Russ Hiebert (South Surrey - White Rock - Cloverdale); Dona Cadman (Surrey North)

Alberta (14): Lee Richardson (Calgary Centre); Devinder Shory (Calgary Northeast); Rob Anders (Calgary West); Kevin Sorenson (Crowfoot); Tim Uppal (Edmonton - Sherwood Park); Brent Rathgeber (Edmonton - St. Albert); Laurie Hawn (Edmonton Centre); Peter Goldring (Edmonton East); Rick Casson (Lethbridge); Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer); Leon Benoit (Vegreville - Wainwright); Brian Storseth (Westlock - St. Paul); Blaine Calkins (Wetaskiwin); Blake Richards (Wild Rose)

Saskatchewan (8): David Anderson (Cypress Hills - Grasslands); Rob Clarke (Desnethe - Missinippi - Churchill River); Ray Boughen (Palliser); Tom Lukiwski (Regina - Lumsden - Lake Centre); Brad Trost (Saskatoon - Humboldt); Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon - Wanuskewin); Ed Komarnicki (Souris - Moose Mountain); Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton - Melville)

Manitoba (2): Joy Smith (Kildonan - St. Paul); Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South)

Ontario (22): Gordon O'Connor (Carleton - Mississippi Mills); David Tilson (Dufferin - Caledon); Jeff Watson (Essex); Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry - Prescott - Russell); Harold Albrecht (Kitchener - Conestoga); Peter Braid (Kitchener - Waterloo); Bev Shipley (Lambton - Kent - Middlesex); Scott Reid (Lanark - Frontenac - Lennox and Addington); Gord Brown (Leeds - Grenville); Ed Holder (London West); Bob Dechert (Mississauga - Erindale); Dean Allison (Niagara West - Glanbrook); Rick Norlock (Northumberland - Quinte West); Terence Young (Oakville); Colin Carrie (Oshawa); Dave MacKenzie (Oxford); Gary Schellenberger (Perth - Wellington); Daryl Kramp (Prince Edward - Hastings); Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew - Nipissing - Pembroke); Patricia Davidson (Sarnia - Lambton); Richard Dykstra (St. Catherines); Michael Chong (Wellington - Halton Hills)

Quebec (2): Maxime Bernier (Beauce); Jacques Gourde (Lotbiniere - Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere)

New Brunswick (1): Tilly O'Neill-Gordon (Miramichi)

Needless to say, the above makes for an interesting mix of fairly big names (Maxime Bernier, Gordon O'Connor, Dick Harris and Laurie Hawn in particular), cases where the Cons will face obvious challenges trying to hold onto the ridings (Peter Braid, Bob Dechert, Ed Holder, Colin Carrie, Terence Young, Ray Boughen, Peter Goldring and Dona Cadman), and ridings where a sense that the Con incumbent just can't be bothered to get anything done might well make an opposition message far more effective than it would have been otherwise. And hopefully the holiday taken by so many of the Cons (along with the pitiful amount of "work" put in by another substantial chunk of the Cons' caucus) will encourage voters to give them a permanent forced retirement from Parliament at the next opportunity.

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