Beware of laughing finance ministers

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To see Finance Minister Charlene Johnson laughing (Telegram, Friday, March 28, page A1) to the point of almost busting a gut, you would swear she must have laid a Golden PC egg to get them through Easter.

She’s the new PC laughing bunny. She just keeps laughing and laughing and laughing. Surrounding her, while applauding with their flippers, were some of her weary, lackluster rank and file.

Above the picture was another picture of a pair of shoes, supposedly the minister’s, which took up the top four inches of the paper while the heels took up the bottom four inches of her shoes.

Is that the best Johnson can do, buy one pair of shoes to aid our economic woes? And that’s, of course, if she bought them herself.

The taxes on that pair of shoes alone should definitely get us over the hump for the foreseeable future.

Or were the shoes paid for by the Finance Department?

That will be another huge deficit to deal with. How will we ever get this money back?

We can always hit the people who smoke and drink.

Let’s hit the people who smoke, we’ll get the drinkers next time.

Laughing, mind you, laughing her head off, as if she had something to laugh about.

The least she could have done is cock her leg up on the desk so we could get a real look at the shoes.

Like my mother use to say to my sisters years ago, “Now, missy, hold that tongue, you got nothing to laugh about.”

Anyway, who was she laughing at? Or is it, at whom was she laughing?

The Oofficial Opposition? Maybe they’ll be the ones laughing some months down the road.

Or was she laughing at the other party, the lesser party, not the fifth party, not the fourth party, but the third party which is now a party of three and not a party of five?

We can all appreciate the pickle they got themselves into in the past few months but to openly laugh at them in the honourable chamber is downright uncalled for; the nerve of her to laugh at their poor fortune.

It’s laughable.

Maybe she was laughing at the people who voted blue in the past elections?

Maybe she believes they can paint the province blue once more?

Maybe she has lofty blue ambitions?

Whatever the case may be, let us all beware of PC foul-mouthed-ness like “trust me,” “we’re listening,” “we are giving the people what they want,” or — and I particularly like these ones — “people have told her that cuts won’t go over well,” “our constituents are telling us,” “what we are hearing from our membership.”

These are all laughable comments. Treat them as such — laughable. And no one better be laughing, because this is serious.

Remember, before the heavy hammer of Williams and Dunderdale, this same laughable group sat in caucus or around the table like frightened kittens in a shoe box, afraid to speak up or disagree with their almighty leaders; not even the softest of a simple mew was heard from any of them.

After Williams and Dunderdale, they laugh like children at a party who just inhaled some laughing gas and they want to share it with everyone.

Alleluia, “we have been set free, we want to reverse everything that was done,” “believe us, we are not the same party,” “we are now enlightened,” “we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and we really want to give it to you.”

Oh no, not again.

P.J. Dwyer


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Recent comments

  • Tony Rockel
    April 02, 2014 - 10:34

    What an inspiring picture! A Cheshire Cat surrounded by a bunch of braying jackasses.

  • GINN
    April 01, 2014 - 14:06

    It's amazing how these petty & scurrilous remarks by Dwyer ever see the light of day. I guess this winter has been long & miserable in Gander and he has nothing better to do.

  • Concerned
    April 01, 2014 - 08:55

    Obesity is what draining the healthcare system, far more than smokers. We all know people who've died of cancer, and they've never smoked in their lives. Smoking is just an excuse.

  • Leslie
    April 01, 2014 - 06:35

    Wow, P.J., I think you're the one inhaling some type of fumes. She's allowed to laugh. A little secret: Finance Ministers always get new she's when they release the budget. Federal or Provincial. It's a tradition. And they done a darn good job with the budget this year I may add. Sure, tax the smokers. I don't smoke so don't tax me with some overarching tax. They're the drain on the healthcare system. Make them pay. Some people are always looking for something to whine about...

  • Cashin Delaney
    April 01, 2014 - 04:04

    May I suggest getting rid of provincial legislature and going with Feds, and Municipal governments only? Wasn't she given the job of "smiling" in the last environmental policy. I don't think she understands finance any better than the environmental challenges we face. Essentially, every stupid thing she says (even grinning like an idiot) in public advances my cause.

  • Bill
    April 01, 2014 - 03:55

    She is laughing because they know they can fool the public once again with numbers. The past three years will be forgotten when they make promises to spend money in Districts that need it. Please, folks, don't forget what they have done over the past few years, don't be fooled. This is YOUR money, they are not GIVING it to you. Say "Thank you" and vote those people out of our lives. Also, I can guarantee you that YOU paid for the shoes, just like you pay for so many things you are unaware of.