Destined to be MP?
Eric Duncan’s decision to try and replace Guy Lauzon as Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry’s Member of Parliament should come as a surprise to absolutely no one.
The 31-year-old has been a political junkie for most of his life. He was elected to North Dundas council when he was 18, a time when most guys his age preferred spending their time partying than with township budget meetings. Then there was his meteoric ascension to the mayor’s chair and, finally, as warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.
So when Mr. Duncan decided not to run in the last municipal election, many of us thought the writing was on the wall regarding Guy Lauzon’s time in Ottawa. The veteran politician has served the riding since 2004 and for much of that time, Mr. Duncan worked for him in an official capacity.
Well, Mr. Duncan assures us that, when he decided not to seek re-election, he didn’t know Mr. Lauzon was retiring. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here but we still remain unsurprised about his announcement to run. Everyone who knows him, even at a superficial level, must know that running for such an office is in his nature.
The aftermath of Christmas is the most depressing season in the entire calendar year. We build up to it for an entire month, we pump ourselves full of eggnog and carols and the Charlie Brown Christmas special, and then, suddenly, It’s Boxing Day and we look outside at the snow and the ice and the cold grey sky and we realize that we have another three months of this crap.
Well if I were the king of the world, I would solve this problem by reversing Christmas and Valentine’s Day. This should not upset traditionalists. Jesus was probably born closer to February than December anyway.
Most of us would balk at this idea but actually, it makes perfect sense. Spend December 25 romancing your significant other. Buy roses and chocolates instead of stocking stuffers and video game consoles for the kids. Then, once the hustle and bustle of Valentine’s Day is over (hint: there is no post-Valentine’s Day hustle and bustle) then you can get ready for Christmas. Right after New Year’s stores can start hauling out their Christmas stuff (I forgot to mention that if I were king of the world, it would be a crime to get Christmassy before January 2). Then we’ll have six weeks of buildup and then, on the new Boxing Day (which would be Feb. 15) we can look out the window and we won’t be depressed. Instead of complaining about three more months of crummy weather, we can say “spring is just around the corner.”
Merry Christmas, everyone.