In a move that makes about as much sense as winning the lottery and giving it all to charity—but is a lot less altruistic—Saint-Maurice-Champlain MP Lise St-Denis announced today that she’ll be shuffling along the opposition benches from the NDP to the Liberals, thus reducing any chance of her getting re-elected. Although this appears to be a puzzling political move, it makes more sense when you consider that St-Denis is 71 and battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Chances are she wouldn’t want to commit to sitting in parliament until she was 80. Hey, doesn’t the Senate force people to step down by then, or was that one of those promised reforms that never saw the light of day?
Mind you, despite the fact that St-Denis won the riding by well over 4,000 votes in the NDP’s Boot out the Bloc movement, you could say that Saint-Maurice-Champlain is somewhat of a Liberal stronghold, having been held for many years by none other than le petit gars de Shawinigan, M. Jean Chrétien. Not saying he had any undue influence, but they were seated together on a plane heading back from Jack Layton’s funeral a few months back. Incidentally, St-Denis has angered some by saying at today’s press conference “Les électeurs ont voté pour Jack Layton. Jack Layton est mort.” — “Voters voted for Jack Layton. Jack Layton is dead.”
All this, I suppose, is a lengthy run up to one of the most astonishingly, laugh-out-loud idiotic comments I’ve seen in some time. Any point this National Post pundit might have had was lost within his shockingly awful message…
Although I’m not sure I share his belief that St-Denis’ only doing this for attention—so she can go out and party afterwards—we do agree on one thing. Buddy, you’re a moron!