Looks like Riley scooped the Toronto Sun when he pointed out the pathetic turnout of Liberal M.P.'s to listen to visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
Riley singled out Karen Redman's lame excuse for her colleagues' absence:
"I think because it was going in to a long weekend and it was a day when a lot of committee work was cancelled because of Prime Minister Howard's visit, that some people took that time to go back and work in their ridings."
Doesn't that remind you of high school kids being dismissed to attend a pep rally or football game or something, but sneaking home instead? Yeah, I bet they were working really hard in their ridings. Give me a break.
Anyway, the Sun's editorial picks up on this thread today: No Show, No Clue, No Class.
They are pillorying the Grits for the fact that even the NDP demonstrated more class by attending the visit of an important dignitary and leader who is clearly 180 degrees away from their party ethos. Yet they accorded him the respect he deserved.
In fairness to Karen Redman, the Sun also quotes her as stating that she personally believes, "It behooves us to pay respect, especially when it's a world leader, to be there and listen to him." Too bad not all of her classmates realize the importance of proper decorum.
I see a rudderless vessel adrift on a sea of inner turbulence. The captain has jumped ship; the crew scrambles for the lifeboats.
It's every man for himself.