And if Partisan Paul is not your cup of tea in the Chase the Member competition, you might want to consider two other possible participants, two members without a caucus, without a political family, the outcasts Dale Kirby and Eddie Joyce.
Granted, neither is in a highest-bidder category, having fallen heavily from grace, the Liberal cabinet (some people’s idea of grace, I guess), after saying and doing some cerebrally challenged (see stupid) things, making amazingly thoughtless
moves while playing a political type of Growl (120s for the non-Newf readers).
And, yes, Kirby, in particular, was already carrying a certain amount of baggage, having led the revolt that destroyed the NDP’s chances of forming the government a few years back.
But, hey, let bygones be bygones — a strict rule in Chase the Member.
As for Joyce, he was the darling of the Grits for quite a while after surrendering his seat for Clyde Wells just after the ‘89 election brought the Liberals to power but left the premier a temporary loser on the west coast.
But Joyce’s eventual reward for his political martyrdom, a seat in the cabinet, is now a thing of the past, and he, too, is a prize in Chase the Member.
What a lineup, ladies and gentlemen: Paul Lane, Dale Kirby and Eddie Joyce.
No one is quite sure — I would venture to say — what Lane brings to the winning table, except, as I’ve implied, a legislative vote, a seal flipper thump on his desk whenever someone from his party so much as burps.
But Kirby and Joyce could provide some decorum to matters both inside and outside whichever caucus they might happen to join.
And, hell, even if they are glued forever to those independent seats, they can still deliver a running commentary of the dos and don’ts of insider politicking; (for example, no toking with perceived enemies, no lobbying for jobs for friends).
Sure, their apologies in the House of Assembly recently for their behaviour contained about as much sincerity as you’d find in an election-time press release.
But that’s all over and done with.
And, now, along with Lane, they are — the key word here — AVAILABLE.
Let the game begin.
Chase the Member.