The dubious honour of worst MP went to Trinity-Spadina's Tony Ianno , who according to VoteToronto.ca spoke on issues only five times in 393 sessions of Parliament since 2000. Now we know what critics mean when they call him the invisible MP.
Eglinton-Lawrence MP Joe Volpe , one of two Paul Martin frontmen on the waterfront, finished a close second. Number one among T.O. Grits on voteToronto's assessment is former Don Valley East MP and former transportation minister David Collenette , who, alas, is not running this time around. Go figure.
Sierra's strange eco sense
What is shocking is that the group awarded more medals to the Liberals than the NDP, and that recent eco convert Paul Martin finished tied with NDP leader Jack Layton , the guy who wrote the book on renewable energy. Martin's promises to fund climate change initiatives won him the honour.
Sierra's assessment is all the more curious in light of the fact that the eco group eliminated the Jean Chretien -led Liberals in its 2000 eco-Olympics for breaking promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect endangered species and complete a national parks system, among other things.
The Green party, meanwhile, rated hardly a mention in Sierra's competition, finishing a distant third in overall medals, although the party's platform was rated the most green overall.
When was the last time Martin gave up his limo to ride a bike to work?
Natives buy Liberal promises
"Having carefully examined the platforms and track records of all parties, we have decided that the Liberal party has demonstrated the best understanding and greatest commitment to ensuring that Canada honours its fiduciary obligation to uphold aboriginal and treaty rights."
Strange words of support coming from a native leader, especially given that, as the First Nations Strategic Policy Counsel points out in its recent assessment of the party platforms, the Liberals also committed to "building a new relationship based on trust and mutual respect" with aboriginal peoples, as well as "recognition of the inherent right of aboriginal self-government," back in 93 - only to renege on those promises in 95. Cabinet then adopted a policy stating that "the inherent right of self-government does not include a right of sovereignty in the international law sense, and will not result in sovereign independent aboriginal nation states."
In other words, First Nations negotiating treaty rights should not be under any illusions that final agreements will be based on "an inherent right to self-government." We won't even mention proposed changes to the Indian Act that some First Nations leaders say are a recipe for cultural genocide.
New and improved PCs
Hack plays hide and seek
When the office of NDP candidate Paul Ferreira called Tonks's people to find out what happened, they said their man had car troubles.
"It's another sign of Liberal arrogance," Ferreira was quick to remark.
Perhaps Tonks was leery of wading into enemy territory, where he'd be up against the Portuguese-speaking Ferreira addressing his natural constituency.
It's the second time in recent days that Tonks has missed an all-candidate's debate. He failed to show for a debate at St. Matthew's School the week before.
Tonks's disappearing act, however, shouldn't come as a surprise. He's only receded further into the woodwork since being elected MP.
Mills was quick to lambaste NDP leader Jack Layton for suggesting broken Liberal housing promises have led directly to the deaths of homeless people. Who's lying now?