Dear Ruth Ellen BrosseauMay 6, 2011
I just wanted to tell you I think you’re getting a raw deal this week. Sure, you agreed to run as a parachute NDP candidate in a far-away riding with no intention of ever (a) going there or (b) standing a chance in Hull of being elected. A lot of other people are in the same boat. But look what happened – Le Cult de Jack ignited in Quebec, and it didn’t matter whose name was on the NDP sign, because people were showing up at the polls and just colouring the ballot orange with a Crayola.
You took some heat during the campaign for going to Las Vegas instead of taking part in debates or, you know, actually talking to anyone. And there’s the whole thing about not being able to speak French; as 98% of your new constituents are francophone, this could pose a problem … but since you’ve never even been there, what’s the issue? Hire that guy who got laid off from the gas station to operate your constituency office and email important-type stuff to you at your new Ottawa condo after running it through one of those free online Internet translators. He’ll be grateful, too, because at the gas station he had to count pennies every night after Pukey Jean-Claude came in to buy his smokes, es-ti.
People who criticize you seem to be forgetting that they were demanding change just a few weeks ago. Well, they got it. They got 56 rookie Quebec NDP MPs, and dozens more from across the country, who are about to transform politics in a way that hasn’t been seen since Preston and his amateur army invaded Ottawa in the early ’90s. So what if you were managing a pub last week, and now you’re a member of parliament with a staff and an office and a car and a $157,000 salary? You’re a single mom who worked in a bar, so you represent a huge slice of Canada that probably assumed nobody in Ottawa could speak for them. Change? This is change.
We moan and complain about the same old, same old, the old boys’ club, the status quo. And we complain when surprises come along, when change hits us hard. We shouldn’t do that. We should put our faith in the people who ran for office on a whim, got elected, and now have to prove whether they can do the job.
Because ultimately, the voters will decide what happens next.
Also, I think you have nice hair.
P.S. Say hi to that teenager who also got elected.