Members of Parliament and the concept of work

One of the talking points from the Liberal Party concerning prorogation is that the Prime Minister has given MPs a “vacation” as the Members are left in the riding without work to do in Ottawa.

Despite the fact that Ignatieff himself was literally on vacation when his office was lecturing the Tories on the concept of work during the Parliamentary pause, many observers either are ignorant or purposefully neglectful of the truth when it comes to the responsibilities of MPs.

I spoke with an MP yesterday — perceived to be on vacation by the Ottawa press gallery and Liberals — whose backlogged caseload includes a large number of Haitian adoptions.

The glorious life of an MP isn’t just limited to heckling other Members in the House of Commons. Funny that the decorum of Parliament is mourned when the House of Commons is in session while democracy is declared dead when Members are given more time to accomplish casework in their ridings or elsewhere.

Take Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis who is not “on vacation” despite the bleatings of his fellow members of caucus. Karygiannis is currently in India “not working” on the work surrounding the case of Parminder Singh Saini, a convicted terrorist who was deported from Canada. Karygiannis is also in India for other MP related matters. Here is the report from PunjabNewsline.

Canadian MP visits Guru Aasra trust in Punjab, defends deportation of Saini
Punjab Newsline Network

Thursday, 28 January 2010

MOHALI: Jim Karygiannis M.P of canada visited Guru Aasra trust here Thursday on an invitation by SAD Panch Pardhani. Members of different religious,political and human rights organization questioned M.P regarding deportation of Parminder singh Saini convicted for hijacking plane. Saini was depoted to India from Canada on Wednesday.

First Ignatieff condemns Conservatives of taking vacation from his high horse stabled in the barn of his villa in the south of France, and now his own Member is — by the Liberal definition — “on vacation” in India.

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  • east of eden

    Off-topic, but it looks like the LPC will continue to rip off us taxpayers: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Liberal+leadership

    These jokers want to run the country when they still owe us money?

  • kenn2

    loan = ripoff? Hope you don't have a mortgage, then…

    For whatever it's worth, Ignatieff doesn't owe. Last time I checked, he's the LPC leader…

  • Poncho

    Gail
    I do not know where you come from but you sure like shooting of your mouth about things you have no knowlage of. Of cource the Liberals got lots of coverage by the media because they are all Liberals CBC should be privatise & Ctv & the g&m should be gone gone gone

  • bocanut

    Gayle:
    “Alberta only ever sits a few weeks a year. “

    Gayle,what in fact do you consider a few weeks?

  • east of eden

    Off-topic, but it looks like the LPC will continue to rip off us taxpayers: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Liberal+leadership

    These jokers want to run the country when they still owe us money?

  • kenn2

    loan = ripoff? Hope you don't have a mortgage, then…

    For whatever it's worth, Ignatieff doesn't owe. Last time I checked, he's the LPC leader…

  • Poncho

    Gail
    I do not know where you come from but you sure like shooting of your mouth about things you have no knowlage of. Of cource the Liberals got lots of coverage by the media because they are all Liberals CBC should be privatise & Ctv & the g&m should be gone gone gone

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