Bad be­hav­ior not un­com­mon

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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