For years now, longtime Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner has made a tradition of rising in the House of Commons before the holiday break to read a politically themed poem.
His re-write of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" always throws good-natured digs at Conservatives and New Democrats, to the delight of Grits.
The poem Cuzner delivered Thursday was a little different. After almost 10 years in Opposition, the Nova Scotia MP took a little time to gloat about the "spanking new" Liberal government in command.
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner has a chuckle in the Commons.
"It began August 2nd, an 11-week campaign," he said. "Which Canadian voters believed was insane."
Cuzner said Tories weren’t pleased with their tally.
"They expected more bounce from that Rob Ford rally," he said, sparking some of the biggest laughs.
From there, Cuzner went on to mock that the Tories’ refugee plan was "disemboweled" by "Power & Politics" host Rosemary Barton.
"And the cultural practices tip line, add that to the list," he said. "Yes, the Tories were angry, but the Dippers they were… pretty angry, too."
When it came to Thomas Mulcair's team, left "wounded and sore," Cuzner remembered how New Democrats said they only needed "35 seats more."
He even threw a jab at Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who saw her caucus (of two MPs) reduced by half.
"Canadians have spoken and have done so with zeal," he concluded. "They want hope for the future and change that is real."
Cuzner's full poem:
T'was the week before Christmas, and all through the land
a spankin' new government was now in command.
We will soon settle in for debating and voting;
But after 10 years over there, forgive me for gloating.
It began August 2nd, an eleven week campaign;
Which Canadian voters believed was insane.
Conservatives were disappointed, not pleased with their tally;
They expected more bounce from that Rob Ford rally.
Their refugee plan left them wounded and smarting
When it became disemboweled by Rosemary Barton.
And the cultural practices tip line, add that to the list;
Yes the Tories were angry, but the Dippers, they were .... pretty angry too.
The loss left them stinging, they were wounded and sore;
When all they said they needed was 35 seats more.
And our Green Party leader, she has no room to laugh;
Her fledgling young party was reduced by one half.
Canadians have spoken and have done so with zeal;
They want hope for the future and change that is real.
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