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Pierre Poilievre - Wordsmith

From June 15, 2008

On the day that Stephen Harper officially apologized to the Aboriginal People of Canada for the abuse they suffered under the residential school program, Pierre Poilievre, Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, appeared on the radio. In an interview, Mr Poilievre, ridiculously, made statements that would serve to undercut the apology that Harper would deliver just a few hours later.

Poilievre complained to 580 CFRA listeners in Ottawa that the compensation payments were not a helpful component of the apology. Rather, we would do better to help "engender the values of hard work and independence and self reliance" in the Aboriginal people. He further complained that Canada might not get value for its money, whining that it was just "another $4 billion in compensation for those who partook in the residential schools over those years."

"Partook"? He has a strange way with words.

When not on the radio, Mr Poilievere likes to use other words. In a committee meeting, reporters caught the young wordsmith advising his colleagues with the eloquent words of "F*** you, you guys."

Sometimes he doesn't even need to use words; a week later, during a vote in the House of Commons, he was caught on video making rude arm gestures. A few days later he was caught hopping around, mocking the Speaker of the House, performing what MP Ralph Goodale could only describe as a "pixie dance."

This sort of immaturity and ignorance may be standard operating procedure for a teenaged middle schooler, but it is not the behaviour expected of an elected official. If he doesn't want the job, he should step down.