Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This blog got served!!!

Going through the archives, we came across this rebuttal against all of the letters sent to the Brantford Expositor questioning Phil's competence and criticizing his unresponsiveness to e-mails. It goes was so stinging in its logis that it feels like we got served in this battle of words, in this letter:

Brant's new MP has been the subject of recent letters to the editor. The letters seem to have a common thread of wishing the incumbent MP had not been defeated by a substantial majority last year.

In a short period of time, Phil McColeman has set up a riding office and has a talented staff on board.

I was impressed by his first constituency report, which dealt with legislative issues currently facing the government. He also solicited opinions and questions from Brant residents.

This was a welcome relief from the previous pap of an MP posing for multiple photo ops. Contrary to one of the recent letters, McColeman's communication reflects great respect for the intelligence of the electorate.

McColeman is a strong communicator with excellent people skills. I have been impressed with his eagerness to hear out and understand differing points of view. Brant is fortunate to have a man of his calibre as our representative in Ottawa.

Gordon Brain

I fully agree with Mr. Brain, Mr. McColeman's communication does reflect great respect for the intelligence of the electorate, Phil thinks residents of Brant are BRAIN-less. In another letter, which I can recall from early January but can not find the link, a writer defended and commended Phil for opening an office and staffing it. This was during the week where there was at least one letter a day complaining about Phil ignoring his constituents' concerns, no one was disputing whether Phil's office existed though. Having a constituency office is a basic requirement of any MP or MPP, it is not an accomplishment.

Back to Mr. Brain's "brainy" letter, he accuses our previous MP of posing for photo ops, which is completely false and a mere attempt at distracting the reader from the actual issues. Mr McColeman is constantly attempting to get in pictures with Cabinet Ministers, Justin Timberlake and even the Prime Minister! The worst example of this was when Stephen Harper visited Brantford during the illegal election. If you look below, Stephen Harper can barely shake a citizen's hand because Phil is trying to squeeze into the picture, shameless! Where are the mounties? Phil is definitely violating the Prime Minister's personal [arctic] sovereignty, how can we trust Stephen Harper to protect us from the Russians if he can't even tell Phil and his mullet to get out of his "grill"???

Monday, March 30, 2009

New Post - Phil's Office Season 1

Sorry about the lack of postings, and treating you like one of Phil's constituents, but we were waiting for Phil McColeman to do something good for a change, good thing we did not hold our breath! Just to recap, Mr. McColeman continues to not reply to letters in the Brantford Expositor, I typed in Phil McColeman in the Brantford.com and came across this link , in this end of year interview, "improving his office’s services are on the top of Brant MP Phil McColemans to-do list for 2009." Maybe Mr. McColeman thought that being a Member of Parliament meant that you get a cool-looking letterhead, free stamps to mail Conservative propaganda that comes out of Canadian taxpayers pockets instead of mailing Employment Insurance paperwork to those who need it immediately... oh and he got a cool new office in an isolated area of Brantford. For constituents who do not own cars or want to minimize their carbon footprint and use public transportation, it will take them two buses, an increase in their carbon footprint and take up more of their time to reach his office. A better idea would be to have the constituency office downtown within a reasonable distance of the central bus terminal, I hope our next Member of Parliament will make this decision after the next election. His provincial counterpart, Mr. Dave Levac's office is a short walk from city hall and easily accessible.
Back to Mr. McColeman improving his office services, does this entail having better candy at the front desk or a bigger and better picture of Stephen Harper ??? Mr. McColeman is trying to pass on the blame for his out-of-touch style on his office staff, we know better! We need to remind him that his office is not produced by NBC studios but paid for by Canadian taxpayers, and he will not be rewarded with an Emmy but with the distinction of being a one-term Member of Parliament!