Each week the Legislature is in session we’ll give out four prizes for the best and worst moments, as recorded in Hansard.
Liberal MLA Diana Whalen can not claim to have problems with the math in the budget and claim the civil servants in the Finance Department who crunched the numbers in the budget are great employees.
Diana Whalen: It’s based on inflated, wishful thinking, rose-coloured glasses or whatever you want to call it, it’s not going to be sustainable, it’s not going to be reliable… I wanted to thank the Finance Department, who I know work very hard. The staff at the department work really hard to pull this together. It’s not done overnight. It takes months and months, so I think they deserve a vote of thanks.
You do not get to thank the staff and the Department of Finance and call their work incompetent. Whalen wins the Bumble Bee prize of the week for calling into question the work of an entire department and trying to smooth things over with a few nice words.
Nova Scotia’s first female Finance Minister wins the Honey Bee prize this week for her Balanced Budget which gives back to families, kids and seniors:
Maureen MacDonald: I recall the many years the now-Premier and our Caucus spent fighting on behalf of seniors and their families, so that they no longer had to pay the costs of medical expenses in long-term care. This was a long-needed change in how our province respects seniors, and ensures that they are treated with the dignity they so rightly deserve after years of building the society and economy of our province.
Jamie Baillie wins the week’s Killer Bee prize for the quote with the most sting, in this case attacking McNeil’s credibility and integrity on his mishandling the Liberal Party’s emerging toll-gating scandal:
Jamie Baillie: Here is a [Liberal] Party that can’t even manage a tiny little caucus office without the help of a consultant. Here is a [Liberal] Party that can’t even run a surplus in their own little book of accounts asking the people if they can run the entire Province of Nova Scotia. They have not won an election in this province, a majority election, in 20 years because Nova Scotians will not trust them as long as they hold on to that dirty money in that trust fund, and they won’t this time either – and no one can say oh that’s in the past as long as the current leadership hold on to it.
Drone of the Week
1 drone noun \drōn\ a stingless bee that does not gather nectar or pollen
2 drone intransitive verb \drōn\ to talk in a persistently dull or monotonous tone
Jamie Baillie also gets the Drone of the Week award, however, for making a gelatinous cube over what was obviously a computer error at the NLSC over the April 1 long weekend.
April Fools indeed.