Conservative MP Randy Hoback in a local Prince Albert newspaper oblivious to the irony:
"Our constituents have more concerns on their minds," he said by phone Tuesday from California, where he is vacationing. "They want us to concentrate on jobs, get people back to work, and get the budget back in order. And that's what I'll focus on when I get back to Parliament and that's what I'm focusing on now." (Emphasis added)------------------------
In justifying the need for prorogation Conservatives have emphasized the fact that MPs need to return to their ridings to connect with their constituents. However there is the example of Conservative MP Randy Hoback that not only offers evidence to the contrary, but is so steeped in irony, Shakespeare would be rolling his eyes.
The story was first pointed out by Sarah MacDonald, the famous anti-prorogation protester in Oman, and it revolves around a January 21st article from the Prince Albert's Daily Herald in which a pending rally against prorogation was being described. The reporter Tessa Holloway talked with a supporter of the rally and balanced that with an interview with Prince Albert's Conservative MP Randy Hoback. The point that makes this story interesting is that this interview with the MP was over the phone.
It must be admitted that a phone interview isn't that uncommon, but the reason why is, for Conservative MP Randy Hoback isn't in Prince Albert while his government is prorogued. No, Randy Hoback is not busy connecting with his voters or attending community events while Parliament is suspended, no, he is in California on a vacation.
One could point out the inconsistency between the Conservative Party's justification for the prorogation and the fact that Randy Hoback is spending the prorogation in California vacationing, but it isn't needed, because he does such a great job doing it himself.
Reporter Tessa Holloway wrote this paragraph in the article while providing quotes by Conservative MP Randy Hoback:
"Our constituents have more concerns on their minds," [Hoback] said by phone Tuesday from California, where he is vacationing. "They want us to concentrate on jobs, get people back to work, and get the budget back in order. And that's what I'll focus on when I get back to Parliament and that's what I'm focusing on now."So though Hoback himself reiterates the Conservative justification for the prorogation, that Members of Parliament should be working for their constituents, focusing on their jobs, Hoback makes that statement while in California... On Vacation.
Whether you are Conservative or not, whether you agree or disagree with prorogation, it must not only be admitted that Randy Hoback has some serious problems grasping a simple law of logic like transitivity, but also that this Conservative MP is not using this prorogation to work for his constituents. And thus for at least this Conservative MP there is objective evidence that prorogation is an affront to our representative democracy, most especially for the constituents of Prince Albert.
Canadians deserve Members of Parliament who will work, who will go to Parliament and represent the people. This prorogation, as in the case of the absence of the Conservative MP from Prince Albert, undermines our democracy, and Canadians cannot and must not let it continue.
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