They say that home is where the heart is. My heart is in Wadena, Sask., and so is my home. My parents and sister live there, as do her two married daughters. There's a street named after me and a sign on the outskirts proclaiming, "Home of Pamela Wallin." Last year, I spent 168 days in my home province, not just with family but participating in dozens and dozens of events. But I also spent 94 days in Ottawa fulfilling my Senate duties. It is an honour to serve in the Senate, and I will continue to work just as hard as I can in my limited time here to serve the province and the people I love.
Canada's sleepy and dysfunctional "board of directors/content providers", aka its Senate, thrives without justification and without an audience. Its shareholders, and CEO Stephen Harper, disdain the place and yet it continues. The best course of action is for our Prime Minister to become the political equivalent of a hedge fund manager. His job is to enhance shareholder value and there's no better course of action than to ignore threats of litigation by Quebec, stop the losses to reputation and treasure and shut this national embarrassment down immediately.
My wife comments that I am one of nature's pessimists. I don't deny that people will sometimes act kindly. I just don't expect it. Linda is very different. She sees the best in people, makes the widest allowance for human failings, and is always ready to believe in the possibility of change and improvement.