Editor's Notes on NDP spending


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True North Perspective
Vol. 10, No. 6 (357)
June 2015

Editor's Notes

Much foolish negative ado about something worthwhile

NDP spending money in home ridings is commonsense

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Because True North Perspective is grossly underfunded and our skeleton crew grossly overworked, I haven't been able to make time to pay close attention to the noise over Québec New Democrat MPs spending money in their ridings. However, it seems to me that that is what more MPs should be doing.

I know for a fact that these glamorous federal representatives of the public good have other more serious challenges than FIFA, armed conflict in the Middle East and a government that is determined to make a secret deal to turn our democracy over to international corporate power. They get calls from irate constituents because sand is blowing on their lawns, because some of their garbage was not picked up, because a dog is barking.

Every MP worth his or her salt, and who wants to be reelected, knows that these serious complaints can't be ignored. These are concerns that are at the do-or-die level for all MPs, not just New Democrats.

If the money is available, and no one is stuffing it into a private purse, then it makes sense for an MP to spend the money in the riding where it can be of direct benefit to the constituents. All MPs have a constituency office. What's wrong with expanding them? Better use money that way rather than blowing it in the wind off the top of the Peace Tower.

Canadians should be outraged by the false sense of injury exhibited by the Tory and Liberal dominated committee that's making an issue out of money spent by New Democrats in their ridings. When in power both these wings of corporate power have shamelessly squandered hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds in thinly veiled promotion of their parties.

The hypocrisy of the Tories and Liberals of accusing the New Democrats at this time reveals a signal desperation that the electorate is turning away from them.

From where I'm standing, on an admitted island of ignorance, the Québec New Democrats may have broken jigged and rejigged House rules, while they were morally fulfilling their mandate to better serve their constituents. So who's wrong here?

As Tom Mulcair says, let the courts decide.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward.

Carl Dow

Editor and Publisher
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