By now, the cleaning-up is mostly done, and, for the unfortunate over-imbibers, even the headaches must be starting to fade.
The New Year’s focus now, if there is one, is on those crazy resolutions that you might have made. Maybe you’re wondering about whether it’s even possible to shed 20 pounds or make it to the gym at least twice a week.
Here are a few possible political resolutions.
For Labrador MHA Keith Russell, who hit a virtual trifecta of offensive comments both inside the House of Assembly and out (ranging from sexist comments about Liberal MHA Yvonne Jones to a vocally abusive event while coaching minor hockey) — how about not saying anything about anyone, unless he’s got something nice to say? Or better yet, maybe just a stint of saying nothing.
For those who believe in self-aggrandizement, on New Year’s Eve, the Department of Municipal Affairs had this to say: “A new tanker truck for the Ming’s Bight Fire Department was officially unveiled this weekend. On behalf of the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services, Kevin Pollard, MHA for Baie Verte-Springdale, presented the vehicle keys to the community Friday evening, Dec. 28, as town officials and community members joined in the event.” Here’s a great resolution: why not agree to stop claiming political points for supplying the equipment needed for basic services?
For St. John’s city council and the St. John’s Port Authority — after the harbour fence debacle, how about a resolution to figure out just what public input means. (You could start with listening to, and talking with, citizens who have issues with city planning before approving projects. Public debate on issues of public concern: what a concept.)
For the House of Assembly and its members: maybe resolve to grow up a little. Just a little. Petty cheap shots back and forth are nowhere near as funny as you think.
For those who steadfastly caution that women have to take the lead on preventing sexual abuse by being more careful in their dress and their surroundings: how about a resolution to address the issue of the rapists, rather than blaming the victims?
If your car is hit by a drunk driver in a late-night crash, no one suggests that you share the blame for the temerity of driving after dark.
For Prime Minister Stephen Harper: why not resolve to meet with Chief Theresa Spence, very early in the new year?
What exactly is the harm in talking to a Canadian citizen on a hunger strike? Is she really that scary?
And finally, for all the rest of us: politics may look more and more like a game for insiders and cheap tricks, but it can only succeed that way if we let it: why not resolve to pay just a little more attention, be a little more involved, and when election time comes, make your vote informed and make it count?
You’d be surprised what a motivated populace can achieve in a democracy.