Lunney’s loyalty

Parliamentary decorum in this country fell into the mud with a thud when MP James Lunney picked a fight with the highest court in this land.

Parliamentary decorum in this country fell into the mud with a thud when MP James Lunney picked a fight with the highest court in this land (The NEWS, Feb 10).

As a democratic society, we depend on the high court to set precedent and guide our behaviour, in this matter of assisted suicide. Without the court, we might descend from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s oligarchy to anarchy.

A more statesman-like person would have said he did not agree with the Supreme Court’s decision, but he would have assured Canadians he would respect their decision. But not Lunney. Such is his obeisance to his master, Harper, that he is willing to: 1. defy the rules of parliamentary behaviour; 2. rudely declare the Supreme Court to be wrong; 3. go against the desires of most Canadians by wanting to deny them the right to die with dignity and without endless suffering; 4. throw Canadians into confusion as to their role in this society and their relationship with their government.

At 76, I have had my first heart attack and entered a long period of relentless suffering. This government and Lunney, my MP, would deny me any solace.

I am now convinced, more than ever, that his loyalty is to his party and not to his constituents, no matter what.

Stan GauthierParksville

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Massive early-morning blaze destroys unoccupied Nanoose Bay home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire

Captain Dziadyk to end season with Oceanside Generals on high note

Qualicum Beach player is longest-serving player in team history

Petition underway to stop bylaw on homeless camping in Regional District of Nanaimo

‘Canadians are known for their meekness but this time we need to have a voice’

Qualicum Beach approves Pheasant Glen zoning amendment

Majority of residents who spoke at public hearing endorsed proposed amendment bylaw

Centre withdraws from cell tower project in Qualicum Beach

TELUS plans to continue to look at plans to improve cellphone reception in the area

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

First win, fifth win highlight BC Senior Curling finals

Donna Mychaluk wins first title after finishing second five times; Wes Craig takes fifth crown

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

BC Senior Curling titles to be decided in Vernon

Wes Craig, Penny Shantz looking for fifth championships; Steve Wright, Donna Mychaluk into finals

B.C. money laundering inquiry to begin amid hopes for answers, accountability

Eby argued that most B.C. residents already know the previous government, at best, turned a blind eye

Most Read