Thursday, November 06, 2014
Dean Del Mastro's Hasty Departure From Parliament
Well it looks as if we won't have Dean Del Mastro to kick around anymore.
For after beating his chest for a few days, like a wounded gorilla, the Deaner has finally decided to throw in the towel.
Dean Del Mastro, the MP for Ontario's Peterborough riding, has quit less than a week after being found guilty of spending too much on his 2008 campaign and trying to cover it up. Del Mastro spoke to MPs in the House of Commons just after question period today. The resignation takes effect immediately.
But not before delivering yet another weepy speech, claiming he loved Parliament too much to distract it from the nation's business.
Or divide his beloved party by forcing it to vote to suspend him...
Which almost had me reaching for a towel myself eh?
Because goodness knows we need more principled Con MPs like him.
And the nation's business will definitely miss him...
In a horrible sort of way.
Until I realized the REAL reason he was resigning.
In resigning his seat, Del Mastro hangs onto his MP pension, for which he's eligible when he turns 55. Del Mastro, who is 44, was first elected in January 2006. MPs have to serve for at least six years to be eligible to collect a pension. One of the matters that would have been debated at committee, had the Conservative motion gone ahead, was Del Mastro's pension and what would happen to it.
Which made me change my mind about giving him a big hug.
And instead made me wonder whether I should send him Jian Ghomeshi's Big Ears Teddy to console him...
Who can look away when he starts signing cheques.
Or calm him down if he ever feels like punching the judge...
After trying to treat the courts like he used to treat his opponents.
Mr. Del Mastro asked for his day in court, vowed that he would be exonerated, and had a fair trial. A judge found him guilty and he treated his conviction as he used to treat questions raised in the House of Commons: with ridicule.
In bidding farewell to the House, Mr. Del Mastro mentioned a feeling of “humility.” It was a fleeting reference. It seemed out of context with the rest of the speech. And while not wishing to be unkind, it seemed, well “incredible.”
But I do want to assure him that unlike the Cons who were prepared to run him under the wheels of the blue bus, as they have so many others.
Or pretend they never really knew him.
We WILL keep his memory alive.
All the way to the next election...
Because we sure don't want to miss an opportunity to make Boss Harper look REALLY bad.
But having said that, I also have to say that sadly, due to the Deaner's performance today, and when I think about it, his less than stellar contribution to the nation's business.
I will NOT be able to run as part of my final tribute to him, the moving song from the movie Evita.
You know, Don't Cry for Me Peterborough.
And have been forced to settle for a much shorter video clip.
Which better reflects how I REALLY feel....
Bye bye Deaner.
Bye bye bully.
Bye bye LOSER...
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