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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I want to be a Member of Parliament

Usually I would sputter in outrage at the government using tax dollars for the purpose of boozing up MPs. But with billions of dollars being thrown into the waste basket every year, I just can't work up the same energy for $2 000. (Though I am surprised that the Speaker of the House has an entertaining budget of $170 000. What affairs of state would really require a Speaker to entertain?)

So instead I'm going to be very jealous. I am a man who loves his scotch (in my more honest moments I will admit that is part of the reason I came to Edinburgh for grad school). The idea that I could go to a free scotch tasting, if only I convince about 30 000 of my neighbours to send me as their voice in the Parliament of the People, is surprisinglyenticing.

I may run next time around. 

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on November 25, 2009 | Permalink


I can't speak for all of them, but I know that the Sudbury MP when I lived there took a police escorted limo to all their events, including to and from the airport. I'm also willing to bet that there is probably good scotch IN the limos! Good luck with your campaign!

Posted by: Alex | 2009-11-25 3:22:19 AM

I won't go with the police escort. They will most likely cramp my style.

Posted by: Hugh MacIntyre | 2009-11-25 5:05:20 AM

You actually expect a politician to behave. Obviously you don't understand the game of politics.

Posted by: Doug Gilchrist | 2009-11-25 7:12:57 AM

There's a rumour going around that politicians drink too much on the public tab. I think it's clearly time to scotch that rumour!

Posted by: ebt | 2009-11-25 1:13:43 PM

I think this column/paper/rag should be called "the shotglass"!

Posted by: Sidney Allan Matheson | 2009-11-25 9:55:59 PM

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