Thursday, June 07, 2007

From Ditherer to Duffer

If you're wondering what the Honourable member from LaSalle—Émard has been up to lately, wonder no more. The Post informs us he is in the process of building a golf course in his backyad::

By Mr. Martin's own admission, a little practice would not be amiss. While he lists golf as his favourite sport to play, he said through an aide yesterday that his handicap is "21 and getting worse."

Some people have gazebos or waterfalls in their backyards, but what the heck. A golf course sounds like fun, doesn't it? And he assures us he is meeting all the environmental concerns. A good green golfer is our Paulie. We can feel proud.


Apparently there are other notables with this hobby:

Mr. Martin, who resigned as Liberal leader following the party's 2006 election defeat but remains MP for the Montreal riding of LaSalle-Emard, will enter illustrious company once his course is ready, expected to be next summer.

Mr. Martin's former boss at Power Corp., Paul Desmarais, recently built a complete golf course on his property in Quebec's Charlevoix region. Tim Hortons' co-founder Ron Joyce built himself an 18-hole course along the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia.

The budget for Mr. Martin's project is not known, but golf architects say building a single hole can cost $100,000.

(Of course those guys aren't still sucking at the government teat.)


Yep. Good old Paul Martin. Just your regular Tim Horton's kind of guy.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course this is a golf course of the variety that does not need watering or mowing or any of that other stuff that environmentalits like Paul Martin want us regular folk to conserve.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I'm sure Paul will mow the course himself with a push mower, and use water from rain barrels.

Anonymous said...

When it is finally complete, will he actually show up for work? Apparently he has no qualms about accepting his paycheque, although he has been absent for the past year.

Anonymous said...

Yup, just like a typical hypocrite Conservative to criticize someone on the basis that they have been successful in business.

Just because your leader is a career backroom hack and had NO EXPERIENCE OR SUCCESS WHATSOEVER in the private sector is no reason to mock those who have been highly successful.

Building a significant business empire is something to be lauded, not derided.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Building a significant business empire is something to be lauded, not derided.

To be sure. Free enterprise and capitalism are important aspects of our democracy.

I just think that someone who is paid from the public purse should show up for work once in a while, that's all.

Anonymous said...

"Building a significant business empire is something to be lauded, not derided."

Yup - I'd love to have my "former boss" hand me an established business cheap. Then I could register it offshore, reap the profits, not pay tax.

Building a "$100,000.00 per hole" golf course - I believe we may have just located the missing $40,000,000.00 from Adscam. ;)

Anonymous said...

other anonymous:

careful - your complete ignorance is showing!

So happens Martin paid a heck of a lot for CSL and did it at a time when interest rates were about 20%. Was viewed as highly risky at the time. Belittlng real achievement is typical of your type.

I guess you are from the Pierre Poilievre school of achievment - don't bother with it.

Now give me some fries with that.

Anonymous said...

Yup - I'd love to have my "former boss" hand me an established business cheap. Then I could register it offshore, reap the profits, not pay tax.

You forgot to add: not pay tax while wrapping myself up in the Canadian flag and claiming to be a proud Canadian and defender of the country.

Nothing made my stomach turn more than watching him portray himself as some sort of a "Captain Canada' - I-love-my-country. Imagine, a leader who doesn't pay taxes... only in Canada.

Gabby in QC said...

To Anonymous @ 10:48:00 AM EDT:

Scott Reid, what are you doing here?
Will you be the caretaker of Mr. Martin's greens?

liberal supporter said...

I hope that the jury in Conrad Black's trial are not as envious of his business success.

"The Lord" is a pompous windbag, but I don't think he's a crook.