Rodger Cuzner's seasonal ode to 'spankin' new government' leaves MPs laughing
'Forgive me for gloating:' verse by 'bard of Cape Breton' celebrates change in government
The government may change, but some parliamentary traditions don't.
And so, in the time allocated for member's statements just before Thursday's question period, Parliament's "bard of Cape Breton" rose to deliver his annual seasonal — and undeniably partisan — ode to Canada's change in government.
If you missed Nova Scotia Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner reading live, raise a glass of egg nog to our MPs' ability to laugh at themselves:
T'was the week before Christmas, and all through the land;
A spankin' new government was now in command.
We will soon settle in for debating and voting;
But after 10 years over there, forgive me for gloating.
It began August 2nd, an eleven week campaign;
Which Canadian voters believed was insane.
Conservatives were disappointed, not pleased with their tally;
They expected more bounce from Rob Ford's famous rally.
Their refugee plan left them wounded and smartin';
When it became disembowelled by Rosemary Barton.
And the cultural practice tip line, add that to the list;
Yes, the Tories were angry, but the Dippers, they were…. pretty angry too.
The loss left them stinging, all wounded and sore;
When all they said they needed was 35 seats more.
And our Green Party Leader has no room to laugh;
Her fledgling young party was reduced by one half.
Canadians have spoken and have done so with zeal;
They want hope for the future and change that is real.