I have the misfortune of being represented by Olivia Chow in the great Parliament of Canada. Part of what makes this unfortunate is that I am, from time to time, subjected to her political literature. I received a particular asinine piece just the other day.
I’ve loved being your MP...
That’s nice, it’s always good to hear that someone enjoys their job but why should I care? Oh there’s more;
...because serving our community gives me the opportunity to help people...
What else could serving someone be but helping them? Basically you are saying doing something gives you the opportunity to do that thing. Again why should I care?
...and to get results for Toronto. Together we can make great things happen.
Now we’re getting somewhere! Okay you get results for me and my community by not only serving us but helping us too! Can you give me a concrete example?
Wrote ‘Canada’s Early Learning and Child Care Act’ and led it through two successful votes in Parliament.
Umm...It takes three votes in the House of Commons for something to be passed. That means you didn’t get it done, you almost got it done, which means you didn’t get it done. Okay so bad example, do you have anything else?
Olivia’s proposal to establish an office to recognize overseas education was implemented by the government.
I’m pretty sure you were not the first one to suggest something like this, nor were you the one to implement it. So what exactly was your accomplishment here? Was it that you thought it was a good idea?
Secured permanent federal funding for the Harbourfront Centre and waterfront revitalization.
I don’t remember her name being connected to any such announcement. I called their campaign office to find out how she was involved. That was two days ago, I’ve yet to hear back from them.
Helped over 1000 people in our community cut red tape and get results.
I’ve worked in an MP’s office. That’s 50% of an MP’s job. If Tony Ianno hadn’t lost he would have been doing the same thing. Not a good reason for someone to vote for Ms. Chow.
Launched the Children’s Health and Nutrition Initiative to fight child poverty and obesity by providing all children access to healthy food.
This isn’t an existing program. It’s something that the NDP has proposed. Is Olivia Chow really claiming a proposed program from the fourth party as an accomplishment?
Worked with Jack Layton to launch a Youth Safety and Crime Prevention Plan which focuses on youth employment and banning handguns in Toronto.
It’s nice that she gets to work with her husband, but again proposing something is not the same thing as doing something.
Consistently opposed the war in Afghanistan and passed a motion to let war resisters in Canada.
If her claim is that she ‘get things done’ then merely opposing something is not good enough. Our troops are still in Afghanistan, what has she accomplished?
After years of fighting for justice for the Chinese Exclusion Act and Head Tax, Olivia helped secure the historic apology.
She’s gone from listing non-accomplishments to outright claiming that she was responsible for what the Conservatives did. I don’t think that this is a good reason to decide your vote, but if this is your reason, you should vote Conservative.
Tabled a motion to regulate pet food in Canada to ensure safety for pets.
Did the motion pass? I’ll say it one last time, almost doing something is not the same thing as doing something.
Okay, that’s all she listed as her supposed accomplishments. Not a very inspiring list. To be fair it is hard for an MP from the fourth party to get their agenda passed, even in a minority Parliament.
Still if your campaign slogan is going to be A strong record of getting things done, you better have a strong record of getting things done. Instead she has a respectable record of trying to get things done. I guess that’s not as good of a slogan. The truth rarely is.