Premier changes Senate position

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Editor: A few months ago, Robert Ghiz was very vocal in his support of the Senate, he was even more vocal on the fact that Prince Edward Island was seriously underrepresented with the suspension from the Senate of Mike Duffy.

On Friday, Senator Callbeck retired, leaving a second vacancy in the Red Chamber and I assumed that would concern Ghiz even more. Surprisingly, or maybe it’s not so surprising, it didn’t.

Our province is now missing two seats in the Senate and that should be important.

In today’s newspaper (Monday, July 28) is the following headline “Trying to fill Senate seat waste of time says Ghiz”.

Now there is a turnaround for you. Waste of time or is it maybe inconvenient timing for a hopeful new senator? It has long been rumoured that Ghiz has been angling for a Senate seat.

Bringing in the HST was a stepping stone in that direction. However I think events are unfolding a little too fast for our aspiring young premier/senator. I can only guess he had a plan, maybe if he could narrowly win the next election then resign and move to the Senate. Of course, that also depended on Harper winning the next federal election.

Both these upcoming elections now look a wee bit less certain than perhaps they did a few months ago. Poor Robert has to go back to the drawing board — he needs another Plan B.

His last statement in the July 28 article goes like this. “For me, it’s really about waiting for the new government to come in and find out what they are going to do with the Senate, until then I have a job to do as premier”.

Hmm, little hard to swallow that last line eh! Not everyone agrees it’s a waste of time. Senator Percy Downe believes it is vital we are fully represented now. Wonder who he has in mind? Oh, this world of intrigue and politics, elected officials looking after elected officials, it’s enough to make a dog laugh.

F. Ben Rodgers,

Abram Village

Organizations: Red Chamber

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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