Thursday, February 9, 2006

Silver Linings

I have been asked by many of you to share my thoughts on the appointment of my MP, Brian Jean, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

While it is no secret that I have often found occaision to disagree with my MP, I really and truly see this as a good news story and am happy for Brian.

First and foremost, it is a clear signal that the new government understands the importance of our region to the national economy. In order for us to keep fuelling said national economy, we're gonna need a few things... namely Infrastructure.

Second, the Minister who Brian will work with, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon is a confidante of the Prime Minister. Presumably, this should mean a much more direct line of contact to the PMO and Privy Council as a whole.

Third, Minister Cannon is a respected and experienced parliamentarian in his own right. Being able to work closely with someone of this calibre should prove to be very valuable to Brian, helping him to learn more about the workings of official Ottawa and making him a better MP in the process.

Every MP should embrace learning and growth opportunities such as this, and i'm sure that Brian will do that and gain much from it.


  1. That's very diplomatic of you B. I'm reading between the lines of what you're really thinking because it's more entertaining. I agree that it's important for your riding to be heard in Ottawa, it's just too bad you're not the one doing the speaking.

  2. Well now that we're government, its time to be thinking "big picture".

    The identity of the voice is less important than the presence of the voice.