Chin up, Danny

Chin up, Danny Open letter to Yukon's Conservative Senator Danny Lang: I just wanted to express my sympathies to what must clearly be a difficult and uncomfortable job you are expected to perform on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. After all, Ha

Open letter to Yukon’s Conservative Senator Danny Lang:

I just wanted to express my sympathies to what must clearly be a difficult and uncomfortable job you are expected to perform on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

After all, Harper has said the Senate is archaic and should be elected, not appointed.

Why, in 2005 he said this: “An appointed Senate is a relic of the 19th century.”

It must be hard working for a man who is so inconsistent.

Being forced to stand for photos in front of those Action Plan signs and carrying a shovel around to every photo-op, it must be hard.

And then to be called upon to execute extremely undemocratic and retrograde orders, like the surprise vote against the Climate Change Accountability Act.

Taking an issue of planetary importance, like climate change, being told to not debate it, being told to wait until other senators aren’t around and then springing a vote and defeating the bill Ð wow! We’ve all been asked to do uncomfortable things in our working lives, but, man, that’s the kind of stuff that would make it hard to sleep at night.

Especially as our country under your boss is preparing to go to the Cancun climate change talks.

Your name Ð along with other Conservative senators Ð will be dragged through the mud as Canada most likely gets yet another Fossil of the Year award. Some will blame you and the other Conservative senators for this, and that’s just not fair.

Again, my sympathies. I hope there is some consolation in the fact that a senator’s pay is really good, the lifting light and no worries about having to face the electorate.

Keep your chin up.

Drew Whittaker

Marsh Lake