Monday, May 25, 2015

Harper Cons failed to show pitcher plant respect it deserves

I delivered the following one-minute statement today (May 25th) in the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker,

In my first statement to this House almost 4 years ago, I pointed out how privileged the Conservative members opposite are to sit across from such raw and rugged beauty.

Of course, Mr. Speaker, I’m speaking of the stained-glass window above me and to the left of the pitcher plant — official flower of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I told Conservative MPs to look to the pitcher plant when they spoke of my province.

They faced the pitcher plant, Mr. Speaker —

When they closed the Veterans Affairs office in Corner Brook.

When they failed Labrador’s Burton Winters.

When they defended the actions of a minister in using a search and rescue helicopter as a taxi.

When they refused to revisit policies that threaten our rural communities, and break promises in trade deals.

And, most recently, Mr. Speaker, when they deviated from policy at the expense of Newfoundland and Labrador fishermen.

Four years ago I stood in this place, Mr. Speaker, and warned Conservative MPs that the pitcher plan is carnivorous and devours its prey whole.

Mr. Speaker, I look forward to standing in the House on the government side after the next election and showing the pitcher plant the respect it deserves.

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