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I’m writing in response to the June 13 letter to the editor (“Avalon-only candidates need apply”) by Terry Burry of Glovertown.

The point of Mr. Burry’s letter is that the Avalon Peninsula is overrepresented in Ottawa in terms of MPs and senators, and that even our representative in the federal cabinet is a Nova Scotian.

Former Labrador MP Peter Penashue may have left the incorrect impression that divisive politics (pitting Newfoundland against Labrador, for example) is the name of the game.

I promote St. John’s South-Mount Pearl as the most precious riding in Canada, but I stand for all of Newfoundland and Labrador when I take to my feet in the House of Commons.

It’s impossible to represent one region of the province when most constituents have ties to every nook and cranny.

My chief concern is with our senators, and the fact their allegiance is to the party that appointed them — not to the province.

As for the weekly drive to Gander, workers across this country are under direct attack and if a Townie MP chooses to take a three-hour detour off the Avalon to show support, to stand by his broader principles, then that’s what must be done.

Besides, the air beyond the overpass is good for the Newfoundland and Labrador soul.

Ryan Cleary

MP St. John’s South-Mount Pearl

Organizations: House of Commons.It

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Gander

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  • Lane
    June 17, 2013 - 00:08

    Grow up, Cleary. It is preposterous to claim that you speak for all Newfoundlanders in the House of Commons. You don't even speak for all voters in Avalon. And you speak for exactly no one outside of Avalon. It is equally outrageous for you to claim that none of our Senators have our province's best interests at heart. Who are you to talk about what lies within the souls of other people? Beth Marshall has served our province well in several capacities over many years - and she is originally from Grand Falls-Windsor. David Wells is a former public servant, Chair of the CNLOPB, and policy advisor to the Fisheries Minister - and has a residence in English Harbour, which is outside the overpass. Norm Doyle served as an elected MP for much longer than you ever will, so it is purely childish for you to claim that he stopped caring about his constituents when he went from the House of Commons to the Senate. Your hyper-partisan rubbish is not constructive for our province.

    • Outraged
      June 17, 2013 - 09:17

      Yeah, Clearly. Who elected you anyway? I'm getting the feeling that you don't respect the role of government to represent the business class from the lower classes. That's what the Senate is for.

  • Aunt Lizzie
    June 16, 2013 - 23:59

    Hey, Cleary: The taxpayers are footing the bill for your mileage to and from Gander, plus your hotel stays in Gander before or after your flights. If you want to support your union cronies, fine. But please do it on your own dime.

  • For Real
    June 16, 2013 - 10:12

    Interesting definition of "principles". Apparently, the management are a lower class constituents not worthy of Ryan's support due to his principles. I wonder if his "principles" are coming at a cost the taxpayer. Surely not, if they are truly his "principles" then he won't be seeking reimbursement for the added cost of bypassing the nearest airport. Gotta love principles, they are the slippery slope on the way to the senate.

  • Casey
    June 15, 2013 - 15:07

    I do believe that some politicians work for the common good. In my opinion Danny Williams was one of those rare few and there are a few others I'm sure. I sure hope the CON government is listening to people like Mr. Cleary when they stand up and try to fight for outport NL and the fishery.

    • Kev
      June 16, 2013 - 15:15

      Danny Williams? Pffffft. You gotta be kiddin'.

  • Buster
    June 15, 2013 - 08:56

    Jack Harris and Ryan Creary trys to avoid crossing the picket line at the St. John's airport, where thousands of people cross a day and have been for months without any protest from the strikers. So, they get a more expensive flight Ottawa - Gander instead of Ottawa - St. John's. They billsfor the extra milage and time spent driving St. John's - Gander. Try then complain about wasteful spending by MPs and Senators. Hypocrite!

    • Jeff
      June 15, 2013 - 13:59

      No Buster. A hypocrite is someone who undermines union workers, but is happy to enjoy the fruits of the unions. Have a happy weekend.