Sunday, May 27, 2007

We Demand Accountability

Back in March, we told you all about David Sweet's fancy new digs.

We told you how Sweet is constructing the office as a new constituency office, moving away from his current office in Greensville, a location that is inaccessible to the majority of the riding. We were happy that he was correcting a major mistake on his behalf but thought that it could have something to do with a looming election.

Now, since an election is not going to be coming in the near future, construction has stopped.

No election = no new office.

What a coincidence.

Good to see our tax dollars hard at work, being used for clearly partisan purposes. We here at the David Sweet Watch now want to know if Sweet still has the lease on the building, which he is paying for out of his "global budget" - the budget provided to MPs to serve their constituents. This money is supposed to be spent on hiring a staff, leasing office space, buying office material, etc. If Sweet has in fact used this money to get an early start campaigning by opening up a second "constituency" office, we'd certainly demand some answers.

But, remind us again, didn't Sweet campaign on using our tax dollars in appropriate fashion? Didn't he blame the hapless Liberal party for abusing our tax dollars, promising to be different?

Of course he did. Same old story, same old politicians.

Sweet's New Job

We here at David Sweet Watch had a good laugh at this.

The author, Lloyd MacKay, is clearly a fan of Sweet's but he sums him up in a way that is not so flattering:

Sweet is a pretty low-keyed member. He can be easily spotted from the press gallery, seated in the back row of the government back benches, his shiny bald pate standing out from the crowd. If he is cabinet material, it has not yet become obvious.

Yes, good job Lloyd. That's what we've been saying for months. David Sweet, as we know, is not at all useful to our community. His bald head reflecting light as he does cross-word puzzles in Parliament trying to kill time during Question Period is not exactly "service". We've seen it before. What are you trying to get at Lloyd?

To our new pal Lloyd, Sweet's undistinguished time in office has made him perfect to head up a religious Parliamentary group, the
All Party Inter-Faith Parliamentary Friendship Group.

And why not? It's not like David Sweet is concerned in any way with bringing progress to the riding that elected him- he might as well sit in Ottawa and advance his own agenda. This way Sweet can how have an excuse to avoid such pressing issues such as the harbour front clean up, infrastructure renewal, and agriculture know, issues important to his constituents.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Back From The Dead

No, no...we're not dead. We've just been sleeping for a bit.

Lots of you have been e-mailing us, wondering where we've been. To answer you all, we've been here but we just haven't had a lot of write about.

Why is that? Well, David Sweet hasn't really done much lately. In fact, he hasn't really done much since being elected in January 2006.

No action on infrastructure, no action on Cootes, no action on the harbour clean-up....basically, no action, period. Pretty much standard fare for David Sweet - keep your head low and coast to re-election. Perhaps, we should be asking for a bit more from our representative in Ottawa? Perhaps.

But in our absence we did catch one thing. Was it our imagination, or did David Sweet vote against supply side agriculture management in the House of Commons the other week? We think the good people in Flamborough who were largely responsible for sending Sweet to Ottawa and who are strongly in favour of supply side magement may not be too happy with our pal David.