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Ed Smith
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Senator Michael Duffy. The senator's first speech is something to remember. Not exactly up there with John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
Perhaps more akin to Pierre Elliott Trudeau's "Fuddle duddle" or Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
To be fair to Bill, no one has ascertained which woman he was looking at at the time.
I'd need to see the transcripts of other first speeches by freshman senators before really passing judgment on Duffy. What did Bill Rompkey have to say at the time? Brother Manning, he of the Williams Wars? I dunno. Obviously wasn't that memorable.
The most memorable part of the new senator's speech was when he said that premiers Williams and Ghiz were sleeping together. This was a real bombshell for most people who, like me, had no idea either of them was gay. Obviously, friend Duffy knew more than any of us when he even ventured to guess who was on top.
Most people thought this was going too far, that a man's sex life is his own and should not be tampered with. When the senator was questioned on this by a reporter, he looked like nothing so much as an overgrown kid with his hand stuck inside the cookie jar.
"Who me? Apologize or something? What for?"
When a hockey player is trying to convince the referee he did not punch Sid Crosby in the face, he has the panache to look really upset that someone would even think he would do such a thing! Horrors!
Although he was saying something else, poor Mike looked like No. 1 Son when he was a young boy coming home late for supper.
"OK, OK, I'm going straight to my room! No need to tell me! I know, I know!"
Trudeau said it best: the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. The only thing about it, and this is something that disappointed many of us, was that if Danny is going to sleep with anyone it should be someone with more resources than little ol' P.E.I. Pick the King of Saudi Arabia, for heaven's sake, then blackmail him for enough billions to make up for the hundreds of millions Harper is again swiping from us.
They probably have strict laws in the Muslim world for who should be on top. We certainly do in Newfoundland and Labrador. As soon as I find out what they are, I'll let you know. For a fee.
Oh my gosh, there I go, getting as bad as Senator Mike Duffy. They'll be calling Open Line about me on Monday morning. No matter. OH will never let me print this stuff. I'll just say we should be sending Mr. Duffy a combination of the "Newfoundland Sex Manual" and the "Kama Sutra" without telling him the appropriate page numbers.
On a more serious note, I do recommend the "Kama Sutra" for leisure reading. Lots of fascinating pictures, too.
I e-mailed one of the six Liberal MPs, congratulating her for being the first to speak up and say she would vote against this horrendous budget that Harper and his minions are foisting off on Newfoundland and Labrador. Never mind that it's also Canada as a whole, think of the hundreds of millions the Harperites are stealing out of our pockets.
You know those Capitol One advertisements where the bankers have their hands in everybody's pockets, no matter who, no matter when? What they don't tell you is that these bankers are hired by Harper and crew to take your hard-earned and not lightly given tax dollars. Instead of asking at the end, "What's in your wallet?" the question should be, "What prime minister has his hand in your pockets?"
But, back to our Magnificent Six.
Less than a day after I sent that message, the whole kit and kaboodle up and voted for that budget! Seems their strings were being pulled all the time by the intrepid Michael Ignatieff. When he said they could vote nay, they all up and voted nay like proud Newfoundlanders and Labradorians! Standing up for their province! Showing that fellow Harper we couldn't be cowed! Made us all proud, they did.
Lo and behold, when Big Daddy told them that's enough and tightened the leash, our six stalwarts fell into line like little ducklings swimming along in the big boss's wake. They all voted yes for the implementation bill! Made proper fools of them, he did.
If Danny Williams got pushed around as easily as the Big Six (once an institution, now only a number), we wouldn't have the oil deals we have, or the Atlantic Accord or a dozen and one other things any one of us could name.
I hate to say I told you so. No I don't. I'm as pleased as all get out that I was right. When the money was pouring in, I said that there would be those among us who would come back on the premier when we got punched in the nose in the inevitable brawl with the feds.
So, do we pick ourselves up, wipe the blood off our noses and go back at the bullies upalong with a vengeance? No, we choose to blame the man who has given us a strong measure of provincial pride and a damn good measure of provincial dollars. Shame on us!
Let's put the blame for this whole fiasco where it belongs, squarely on Stephen Harper, and to a lesser degree Michael Ignatieff for not having the guts to put that government out of our misery when he had the chance.
And let's not forget the little six.

Ed Smith lives in Springdale. His e-mail address is edsmith@nf.sympatico.ca.

Organizations: Williams Wars, Big Six

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Springdale

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  • John J
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I congrulate ed smiths article shoulder to shoulder but not our six nl mp,s shame shame on them.

  • Gerald
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Over the years I have agreed with Brother Smith on practically everything except for politics. Now, sad to say, I believe he is dead on. Our politicians of all political stripes are slave to their Party and their ambitions, and most of the time to the detriment of our Province.
    Well said Brother Smith!

  • John J
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    I congrulate ed smiths article shoulder to shoulder but not our six nl mp,s shame shame on them.

  • Gerald
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Over the years I have agreed with Brother Smith on practically everything except for politics. Now, sad to say, I believe he is dead on. Our politicians of all political stripes are slave to their Party and their ambitions, and most of the time to the detriment of our Province.
    Well said Brother Smith!