Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Finally - My MP Makes the CBC
After 15 very idle years, and mere months before his retirement, my MP, the Conservative member for Nanaimo-Alberni, Doctor (no less) James Lunney has caught the interest of the CBC.
So what great achievement has brought the former chiropractor to the notice of CBC? You could put it down to his Christian fundmentalism. Lunney doesn't believe in climate change. Only God can change the climate. He doesn't believe in evolution either, although he says he's prepared to acknowledge it as a "theory." Oh yeah, he also doesn't believe in vaccination.
Lunney dwells in the darkest recesses of the faith based, fundmentalist Right. This probably explains why, with his own party in power for the bottom half of Lunney's political career and even with the incredible paucity of talent in Harper's caucus, Lunney has been left to languish as perhaps the most irrelevant of backbenchers.
Sometimes, while knocking back a brew with fellow constituents, I play a little bar game. I first ask if they can name our sitting member of Parliament. Most can get it right, eventually. Then I ask them to recall the greatest contribution MP Lunney has made to our riding in his 15-year career in Parliament. Name one thing, just one, for which he'll be remembered. The answer is always the same - a blank stare.
I can't imagine how this joker has held the riding since 2000 but for the loyal support of his fellow Christian fundies and all those rightwing peckerheads from the Prairies who continue to retire here. Oh that and a low voter turnout.
James Lunney makes it embarrassing to admit you're from his riding. At least most of the other ridings on the island go NDP. Unfortunately, when it comes to Nanaimo-Alberni, the Conservatives have demonstrated conclusively that they can get a candidate straight out of the Dark Ages elected again and again.
Here's Lumpy at his finest. No, he's not a polished speaker either but, then again, he rarely has anything to say.
Oh yeah, not to sell Herr Doktor short, here's another one of his classic moments in the House.