“My goal as an MP is to see that my role is relevant to individuals and the Kootenay-Columbia community. It will be up to others to judge whether I meet that goal.”
The picture of MPs sitting in the House of Commons belies the reality of the job. We work in at least six unique arenas. In my judgment, the most important function is to represent constituents.
Since 1993 our office has worked ceaselessly, tirelessly on behalf of Kootenay Columbia constituents resolving their tangles with bureaucracy, ensuring they are represented in Ottawa. We have made a difference nationally and internationally.
When have we worked?
Where have we worked?
In our offices, committee rooms, in the House, in a car, an aero plane or sitting in a waiting room. With Blackberries and other portable electronics we are constantly in contact, constantly committed.
When politicians are seen in conflict, gesturing or shouting at each other in a legislative assembly it isn’t necessarily an indicator of work being accomplished. Many Canadians are critical of the political theatre in the House.
Yet the foundation for the current manufactured prorogation controversy is based on that stereotype.
Rightfully, politicians and political parties are sensitive to public opinion. But constraints on good public policy can occur when caricatures and stereotypes are used as proof sources to shape that opinion.
I believe that public servants will be judged on their accomplishments rather than where they went to work.
Therefore I ask, is my role relevant to individuals and the Kootenay-Columbia community. My constituents will judge whether I meet that goal.
Jim Abbott is the Conservative Party MP for the federal riding of Kootenay-Columbia. You can contact his constituency office in Cranbrook toll-free at 1-800-668-5522.