Geli­nas led the leg­is­la­ture in words spo­ken

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS - STAR STAFF sud.ed­i­to­rial@sun­media.ca

France Geli­nas was the most pro­lific speaker at Queen’s Park last year, ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial data.

The Nickel Belt MPP leads the list of Top 5 speak­ers (by word count) is­sued Tues­day by On­tario Mon­i­tor, which compiles met­rics con­cern­ing the leg­is­la­ture.

Geli­nas ut­tered 134,900 words al­to­gether in the house — 740 more than the next chat­ti­est politi­cian, Bill Walker, a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive rep­re­sent­ing Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

Round­ing out the Top 5 for lo­qua­cious­ness were Kitch­ener-Wa­ter­loo MPP Cather­ine Fife (NDP), Vic Fedeli of Nipiss­ing (PC) and Peggy Sat­tler of Lon­don-West (NDP).

“While the data makes no claim to mea­sur­ing the qual­ity of (the mem­bers’) con­tri­bu­tion, it does in­di­cate the vol­ume of their con­tri­bu­tion,” a re­lease from On­tario Mon­i­tor states.

The list was gleaned from more than 30,000 speeches is­sued last year at Queen’s Park.

MPPs were also ranked in terms of num­ber of speeches given, with premier Kath­leen Wynne at the top. She made 867 speeches last year.

Glenn Thibeault, the En­ergy min­is­ter as well as Sud­bury MPP, was not far be­hind, plac­ing third in num­ber of speeches at 618.

Geli­nas was also in the Top 10 of this cat­e­gory, how­ever, plac­ing sev­enth, right be­hind NDP party leader An­drea Hor­wath.

The MPP with the high­est av­er­age num­ber of words per speech was Ox­ford MPP Ernie Harde­man (PC).

JOHN LAPPA/SUD­BURY STAR

Nickel Belt NDP can­di­date France Geli­nas speaks to sup­port­ers at the open­ing of her cam­paign of­fice in Val Caron, Ont. on Fri­day May 11, 2018.

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