Bad behavior not uncommon
I have to echo Gary Walker’s words in today’s Guardian (“Liberals ignore important debate”) where he points out how the Island MLAs basically ignored speakers discussing the very serious issue of lengthy wait times for medical attention for Island children. This was also the main headline on page 3 of Friday’s paper (“Parents infuriated”).
Unfortunately, this type of MLA behaviour is not uncommon, at least not in this year’s session. I was in the gallery a couple of weeks ago, and while an opposition MLA was speaking, few Liberals were watching (Listening? (Perhaps). Names are not needed here, but one MLA was reading an issue of “Potato News” (not the minister of Agriculture), several were scrolling through their tablets, some were texting on their Blackberries. Perhaps they were all multitasking? After all, we keep hearing the argument that we need to pay such high political salaries and expenses to ‘ lure the very best to the job’. Maybe they can do several things at once.
I think most parents still teach young children it is polite to pay attention when someone is speaking. Lloyd Kerry, Charlottetown