Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Myron hangs-up his cowboy hat

Veteran Conservative/Alliance/Reform MP Myron Thompson has announced he won’t be running in the next election. Another rat fleeing a sinking ship, indictment of Deceivin’ Steven’s leadership, yada yada?

Nah, that’s crap. People retire, and he’s just old. And he probably wanted to go out on a high, having recently been named, once again, the Worst Dressed Male MP by readers of The Hill Times. I guess there was just nothing left for Myron to accomplish.

As dual Canadian/U.S. citizen who served in the US Army, Myron will no longer have to not face questions about whether he voted in American elections or where his loyalties truly lie, since because everyone knows such questions are only relevant if you hold dual French citizenship.

And our political discourse will also be lessened without such sage words of wisdom as these:

"We have said all along, and I have said all along, that this (topic of same-sex marriage) is a door to slippery slope. What's next? Polygamist? What about child rights? Where is this going to end?"
(Myron Thompson, Carstairs Courier, January 25, 2005)

"I'm saying with this a door opening to a slippery slope. What's next? Shall we say it's okay to have six or seven wives, even if some of them are 13-years-old? Where does it end?"
(Myron Thompson, Carstairs Courier, December 14, 2004)

While we’ll miss Myron, the bigger question is who will take his crown next year as worst dressed male MP. As for filling his role as a provider of dumbass comments, I think the CPC caucus has that one well in hand. Young Pierre Pollivere is growing into the role nicely, and Cheryl Gallant is always a clutch performer.

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3 comments:

Jason Hickman said...

As dual Canadian/U.S. citizen who served in the US Army, Myron will no longer have to not face questions about whether he voted in American elections or where his loyalties truly lie, since because everyone knows such questions are only relevant if you hold dual French citizenship.

Nah, that's only an issue if you have pretensions of being PM like our man Stephane.

Had Thomson been elected Prime Minister designate - a possibility I toss out there only so you enjoy getting some shivers down your spine - I'm sure it would've come up.

Back from Vegas? Did you figure out craps? It's easily better than roulette and even comes ahead of blackjack (IMO) once you get the hang of it. Maybe there should be a Bloggers Casino Night, instead of the usual pub crawl.

Mushroom said...

A heart in the sleeve Reformer who would have trouble adjusting to the government backbenches for much longer.

Not even close too Jack Horner. But one of the few Albertans who knows how to ride a horse.

A BCer in Toronto said...

Jason, in a republican system where Dion would become the head of state I think you would be better able to make a case for a distinction between PM and regular MP. But in a parliamentary system, the line is much finer IMO. Why not include cabinet ministers in your prohibition? Several current ministers are in the same boat as Myron and Stephane, yet they aren't asked these questions.

Anyho, still in Vegas, down $10 now and craps is still a mystery. Done gambling though, a nice steak dinner tonight then flying back in the morning. Via Phoenix for some reason escaping understanding. Dumb spot for a hub.