Should we have a cabinet representative from Newfoundland or Labrador? Too many people are saying we've made our bed, now we must lie in it. But I didn't make the bed, if I did it would be a lot more comfortable.
I e-mailed Mayor Doc O'Keefe with support for his campaign to e-mail the PM and insist on having a representative in cabinet for Newfoundland and Labrador:
Good Afternoon Mayor O'Keefe,
I'd like to add my voice of support for your campaign to have a Newfoundlander or Labradorian represent NL in the federal cabinet. With only 7 of 309 federal seats the odds are great that we will occasionally not vote in a member of the governing party. That should not negate us have adequate representation. Newfoundland and Labradorians think it is acceptable to have representation from elsewhere are colonialist in their view. We should be greatly offended with having a federally appointed person to represent us. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians should remember the days of governors - we should never return to anything resembling that quasi-nationhood.
The distinction needs to be made between the government of Canada and the governing Conservatives. We did not ask for no representation in Ottawa with the last election, we voted for no Conservative representation. We would hope that our place in Canada is independent of who governs the country. Perhaps it points to some of the faults in our political system with a first past the post elections and ineffective senate.