Scott Simms' vote
In recent days and weeks, much has been made of the fact that we haven't heard from Newfoundland Liberal MP Scott Simms on the issue of the long-gun registry. In fact, last we heard from him, in May, he was still thinking about things.
But in between May and now, tragedy struck Simms. His father, Reginald, took his own life -- with a long gun. Simms has indeed been quiet, but a lot of that has been because he's been dealing with the emotional fallout of his father's death. Our story is online now here.
This morning, he shared that story with his Liberal colleagues at caucus and as I hear it, there were many tears. Reportedly Ignatieff choked up when it was time to take the floor again and caucus members lined up to embrace Simms.
It makes all the games and the jeering and the attacks look pretty petty. We found out about the story and put it up online before the vote -- not in small part because the prospect of Simms being jeered in the Commons, when he changes his vote, was too ugly to contemplate. Our condolences and sympathy to Mr. Simms.