(this letter is written to a member of parliament – who is also a physician – who volunteers at an Ottawa children’s hospital. Never did get a response from her office.)
December 27, 2013
Dr. Kellie Leitch, M.P.
House of Commons
Dear Dr. Leitch:
I was impressed by Julie van Dusen’s article about you which was posted on www.cbc.ca on December 25, 2013.
Even if you are only practising enough hours to maintain your medical license, the fact that you do not take a salary from C.H.E.O. Is a truly magnanimous gesture on your part.
I would respectfully submit, however, that the whole system is backwards. Up until the early part of the last century, our parliament was made up of citizen legislators. Members met for a month or so every year, performed the nation’s business and went home to their real jobs. The House had some lawyers, but was not made up almost exclusively of lawyers and accountants.
These members were held accountable by their constituents.
The former member of parliament here in Niagara Falls was Gary Pilliteri, a vintner. He owns a vineyard and winery north of here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. When he wasn’t in Ottawa, I used to be able to find him at his winery on Highway 55. I was actually able to sit with him on his patio behind the store. This is what our M.P.s are expected to do. You are expected to be accessible, honest, and a contributing member of society. This is why it is called the House of Commons. As opposed to the ruling class, who inhabit The Other Place.
In the United States, many state Houses still operate under the citizen legislator system. I once met a man on an Amtrak train who was a state senator in Arkansas. However, he was quick to point out his real job was a teacher.
If anything, you should be taking your salary from Children’s Hospital and your parliamentary duties should come secondary. I do not believe members of parliament or senators should be full-time positions. They (i.e.you ) should be part-time, paid on per-diem (as was the case in the British parliament until just over a century ago). Serving should be an honour. They should have real jobs in which they should continue, and have available to go back to when their term ends.
I maintain that a government made up of citizen representatives would result in government working in the best interest of Canadians. As it is now, the only entities government (any government) is interested in advancing is globalists, corporation, banksters and Israel (see John Baird and Jason Kenney). And its own interests, of course (warrantless wiretapping and an oppressive police state).
We would have a lot fewer M.P.s jetting around the country in CF-18s and drinking $17 glasses of orange juice in the finest hotels in the world if they were expected to work at real occupations and, more importantly, we knew where to find them and give them a piece of our mind when such behaviour happened. To say nothing of the high taxes imposed upon us, the corresponding waste and the corruption which is sadly considered par-for-the-course these days.
Given the fact your government so quickly turned its back on its Reform / Alliance base, I am under no illusions this will happen save for a popular constitutional restoration in this country. I thought I would be getting Preston Manning’s New Canada platform when I voted Reform, Alliance and Conservative for the past two decades. I regret I was mislead.