I have to write about my disgust with the behaviour of Minister Gail Shea and Senator Mike Duffy in the last couple of days.
According to the news, Senator Duffy escaped through a hotel kitchen in Halifax, presumably to avoid questions from the press concerning his questionable P.E.I. residency and Minister Shea sneaked out of the House of Commons just three minutes prior to a vote put forward by the NDP to reverse the recent changes to EI legislation.
So much for P.E.I.'s representation in the Harper dictatorial government.
Neither of these actions, however, should be any surprise. In the case of Minister Shea, in recent weeks, she has neither made appearances at her office in Summerside to address EI change protests, nor spoken to EI protester Marlene Geirsdorf or attended subsequent meetings concerning the EI changes.
Voting 'yes' to reverse the EI changes in the House would have undoubtedly relegated Ms. Shea to the backbenches for the sake of supporting Islanders. Sadly this is how the Harper regime works, against democracy.
In the case of Senator Duffy, why would he run away from the press? If he is indeed a permanent resident of P.E.I., he should be front and centre in his defence. However, if he is indeed a resident of P.E.I. and has been since Harper appointed him as a non-elected senator some five years ago, residence being mandatory, why did he not apply for a health card prior to last December?
Further, when setting foot in P.E.I. at Charlottetown airport years ago after his Senate appointment, he stated categorically that he was 'non-partisan'.
This was clearly untrue judging by his abject loyalty to the Harper doctrine come what may, particularly at election time.
To sum it up, neither Minister Shea nor Senator Duffy has supported P.E.I., certainly in recent controversial issues concerning the Island. Basically, the only time that they are visible to the P.E.I. public is to announce the throwing of federal money at one commercial project or another and, also, of course, at election time.
John R. Shakespeare,