JOHN TWIGG -- She is a pillar of integrity and honesty and decency, she's also one hell of a political warrior, and her presence here will be missed
|Retiring Delta South MLA |
"I've been watching the B.C. Legislature for about 50 years now and Vicki is by far the best Independent MLA I've ever seen," said Twigg, comparing her constructive contributions to the work of Oak Bay Conservative MLA Dr. Scott Wallace in the 1970s.
The great value of Huntington's service also was noted in the Legislature by veteran NDP MLA Leonard Krog, who stood spontaneously and broke some rules to give her a glowing tribute: "...if this was the quality of MLA that was elected to every Legislature in this great country, we would indeed be able to say, with absolute confidence, that this is the greatest nation on the face of the earth."
Twigg noted it was regrettable, but telling, that no one from the governing Liberal side of the Legislature rose to echo Krog's remarks. He went on to staste that, "It reflects the fact that Huntington so often made life difficult for the Liberals, by often daring to speak truth to their abuses of power. Most recently this was the government's attempted cover-ups of its scandalous fundraising activities which Huntington was attempting to thwart via a Private Members' Bill."
"It was Vicki's admirable style to always tell the truth and that included her making allegations that the governing party's fund-raising tactics had reached a level warranting the label of corrupt," said Twigg, citing two recent interviews she did on radio station CKNW.
Below are excerpts from the preliminary Hansard transcripts of her remarks, then Krog's full comments. BC Leg March 14 -- MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION