Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Myron Thompson Retires


A parliamentary institution announces he won't run again...



UPDATE:
Bill Graham makes it official too...could mean Bob Rae running in a by election if the election keeps getting pushed back.

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22 Comments:

  • A parliamentary institution? Where did that peculiar notion come from?

    By Blogger The Mound of Sound, at 2:00 PM  

  • At last, away from the glare of the parliamentary cameras, Myron and fellow retiree Tom Wappel will be able to live openly as lovers.

    I'm not sure what it does to the average IQ, but it will certainly improve the decency of parliament to see the last of those two disgusting bigots.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 2:08 PM  

  • I understand the principle of free speech etc., but as someone who has been a constituent of Myron Thompson's since he was elected, I have a lot of respect for the man. I think the comment by "reality bites" is way over the top and I would appreciate it if you or he would remove it.

    Generally, when someone announces his retirement, it is a time for showing a little respect for the service that the person has given, regardless of political affiliation, not the opportunity for cheap personal attacks.

    Thank you.

    By Blogger jad, at 2:38 PM  

  • GOOD! He is an aged Reform Party dinosaur - (the Creation model from Noah's Ark) and he should have been pushed out of our House of Commons a long time ago.

    Good riddance!

    By Blogger leftdog, at 3:08 PM  

  • "Edmonton MP"

    Since when is Wild Rose in Edmonton?

    By Blogger daveberta, at 3:37 PM  

  • Myron Thompson.

    He was the true progressive voice for the party. Very grounded, and could always be relied upon to fight for working families.

    He took a bold stand against capital punishment, claiming it was "a step toward not a less violent society, but a more violent society."

    He also took bold stands against nuclear power, globalization, free trade and NATO ...

    ... wait a minute ...

    oh that's Bill Blaikie. Myron Thompson? Oh yeah that guy with the cowboy hat. Yes, we'll miss him too.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 4:08 PM  

  • daveberta - gotta love Toronto writers.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 4:34 PM  

  • Are you people suggesting that no dinasours have been re-elected over and over in the liberal party. I could name several. Myron is a what you see is what you get guy. After being voted worst dressed for years he never changed. He was good for his constituents and that is the main thing. Will several of all partys retiring and not running again, we will find out if they are x party seats, or the persons seat.

    By Blogger maryT, at 4:42 PM  

  • This is bad for the conservatives. Now, when the media wants to interview somebody from the crazy wing of the party, they will turn to Rob Anders - who is not only a petulant twit, but also not a loveable cowboy.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 4:51 PM  

  • Edmonton, Calgary...meh...what's the difference?

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:36 PM  

  • Guess this means he retires to collect that nice MP pension *cough-hypocrite-cough*, move south to somewhere warm in his birth country and only come back to get in line for some medical plan hip replacement *cough-hypocrite-*, after spending a long time complaining about such services.
    Yep, he'll be missed, and no doubt the CONs and especially deceivin' Stephen has someone lined up for the job of Wildrose yesman (or woman, Harpor is equal opportunity stifler)...

    By Blogger burlivespipe, at 5:48 PM  

  • Considering how dignified and gracious the Liberal commenters have been I just don't feel bad about this one: It's nice to see Bill Graham is back to trolling for co-eds. Whatever you say about Thompson, no one EVER accused HIM of statutory rape.

    By Blogger The Rat, at 6:13 PM  

  • Well said, the rat

    By Blogger jad, at 6:39 PM  

  • Was Bill Graham charged with statuatory rape?

    By Blogger janfromthebruce, at 6:40 PM  

  • What the hell is with the slander about Bill Graham - I have long heard implications that he is a paedophile, and a homosexual from people.

    Do you have any EVIDENCE, apart from "I heard... on the internet" (and yes, lifesite is on the internet).

    In the (paraphrased) words of Stephen Harper, not so long ago, if the allegations were true, there would have been a lawsuit already (or, for that matter, why would the Conservatives have missed out on the chance at making public the fact that the interim leader of the opposition is guilty of statutory rape, etc.).

    Of course, I would be a lot less surprised if Billy Graham was accused of the same thing.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 7:35 PM  

  • Edmonton, Calgary...meh...what's the difference?

    A big mall, an utterly flat landscape, and a semblance of culture... but does Calgary have the enormous mosquitoes too?

    Anyway, while I'm no great fan of Thompson, I'd sooner have him than Anders, Kenney, Baird, and Van Loan, not to mention Harper himself.

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 8:28 PM  

  • Pssh. Thompson. If we had a few hundred more clowns like him in Parliament back in 2003, Canada would be stuck in Iraq right now.

    By Blogger James L., at 11:27 PM  

  • "What the hell is with the slander about Bill Graham - I have long heard implications that he is a paedophile, and a homosexual from people."

    Graham is a gay man who married, as many of his generation did, for social reasons.
    fab magazine had an interview with a guy who said that when he was 15, Graham paid him for sex.Other publications,including the Globe and Mail, picked up on the story.
    Most of the Canadian media, who gleefully reported on the Republican congressman who sent naughty emails to a page, would not mention Grahams reported criminal sexual exploitation of an underage prositute.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 11:47 AM  

  • Perhaps that's because if the alleged incident happened, it happened 27 years ago, long before Graham's political career started. No charges were ever laid, and no evidence was ever offered, beyond the word of a middle-aged retired prostitute.

    If Canadian politicians had been even slightly inclined to make an issue of it, the media would have reported on it extensively, but the one time anyone (Reform wingnut Cheryl Gallant) dared even hint at it, Stephen Harper slapped her down so forcefully she hasn't been heard from since.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 12:28 PM  

  • Myron Thompson:

    "I want the whole world to know that I do not condone
    homosexuals. I do not condone their activity.... I think it is unnatural and I think it is totally immoral. I will object to
    it forever whenever they attack the good, traditional Canadian family unit that built the country.

    Well, I want the whole world to know that I do not condone Myron Thompson. I do not condone his activities... I think it is unnatural and I think it is totally immoral. I will object to
    it forever whenever he attacks the good, traditional Canadian values of tolerance and equality that built this country he chose to immigrate to and attack with his sick, immoral beliefs.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 2:51 PM  

  • "if the election keeps getting pushed back."

    You mean beyond October 19, 2009?

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 5:52 PM  

  • I personally am sad to see the man I saw as Canada's most genuine MP go. If James or reality bites only had a clue about what the man is, both would agree.

    By Blogger Brad, at 12:34 PM  

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