Statement on New Democratic Party Convention

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to give an account to this House of the incredibly successful NDP [New Democratic Party] convention held this past weekend in Regina. Policy Eleven Saskatchewan Solutions generated so many positive ideas, the Sask Party had to send not one, not two, not three, not four, but five government staffers just to count all the ideas. We could tell they were a bit overwhelmed by all the policy talk, Mr. Speaker, being used to attending conventions where the number of policies debated is usually, to use a round figure, zero.

Mr. Speaker, the newspapers report that about 680 people attended the convention as registered delegates. They have to estimate, Mr. Speaker, because they know at least one of the convention attendees doesn’t appear on the delegate list. That’s the member from Thunder Creek, Mr. Speaker, who drove all the way to Regina to comment on a convention but didn’t pay the fee to officially register.

We’re not sure why, when he’s so willing to open his mouth to the cameras about our convention, he was so unwilling to open his wallet to pay the ten fifty it cost for visiting delegates to attend our convention. Was it too costly for him, Mr. Speaker? We’re not sure. But we do hear rumours that he’s saving up every penny to buy a membership in the Saskatchewan Party Enterprise Club. It’s a great club, Mr. Speaker, whose members get exclusive meetings with cabinet ministers. Maybe that’s why the member is saving up to join the Enterprise Club, Mr. Speaker. After all he doesn’t get to see his cabinet colleagues quite as often as he used to. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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