I have just struggled through Cheryl Ashlie's column (MacDuff’s Call: A political novice with a sizeable ego), in the Sept. 22 edition of The Maple Ridge News.
To say the least, Ashlie's comments are naive and
show just how totally out of touch she has become with political reality.
Ashlie lauds the decision of Darryl Plecas to
accept John Horgan's invitation to become the Speaker of the House, a move
described by almost everyone else as self-serving and a betrayal of the trust
of the constituents who voted for him.
Ashlie claims Plecas' turncoat move will help
provide good governance but in making this claim, she fails to explain how he
will achieve this lofty goal.
I cannot recall a single instance of a Speaker not
enjoying the support and respect of all members of the legislature. In Plecas'
case, he will surely not enjoy any support or respect from Liberal MLAs. While
NDP MLAs might pay lip service to supporting him. many of them will probably
also hold him in contempt.
Following the May 9 election, Plecas threatened to
throw a tantrum if Christy Clark didn't resign as party leader. We cynics think
that was intended as an open invitation to Horgan to approach Plecas in regards
to the Speaker's post which until then was potentially going to put a big dent
in the NDP/Green majority.
Plecas knew exactly what he was doing and anyone
who thinks the decision didn't involve greed and self-interest is deluded.
Ashlie claims Plecas has integrity.
If Ashlie actually believes that, I will never again be able to take anything she says seriously. Try running that integrity claim past his Abbotsford-South constituents. I don't think many of them view him as anything other than a self-motivated person who is entirely lacking in political integrity.
SANDY Macdougall ... aka The Sidewinder ... is a retired newspaper reporter. He was elected for three consecutive terms to Maple Ridge municipal council in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and also ran for the Progressive Conservatives in Kim Campbell's ill-fated federal election campaign.