Lots to be desired in MLA conduct

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Editor:

I write this letter out of great disappointment with the conduct of many of our provincial MLAs.

Over the past several years there has been a disturbing trend that has come to an all new high (or should I say low) this fall.

MLAs are our elected representatives in government (governing or opposition). They should be upstanding citizens and ones to set a positive example for all people on P.E.I., especially our youth. As part of this, they should conduct themselves with dignity and in a manner that exudes respectfulness and honour.

However, almost daily in the news we are seeing that this is far from the case. Members, some of whom bear the theoretical title of “honourable”, rise in the house and conduct themselves in a manner that is anything but dignified, respectful and honourable. They refuse to debate. They degrade and insult their counterparts across the floor. They consider the house proceedings as a game where the objective is to deliver that top sound byte for the media.

The antics of many of our MLAs are little better than those of schoolyard bullies as they hurl insults and innuendo across the floor in a manner than makes one think of spoiled 10-year-olds in a sandbox. The house is no longer a place of debate but a place for the politicians to get up on their soapboxes and spout off their scripted party rhetoric at every opportunity.

I, personally, am quite disgusted with the antics of many of our MLAs. The childishness of their behavior is rather offensive when one considers the importance of their positions within our province. The house should be a place where our leaders act like leaders with dignity, respectfulness and honour.

Is there a solution? I don’t know. I think that is up to our elected members to decide that they wish to conduct themselves with dignity, respectfulness and honour. Short, of that, all we can do is speak with our votes to those who continue to act like spoiled brats in a sandbox.

Art Gennis,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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