MPs' favourite words
Someone just tipped me to this amusing diversion: The openparliament.ca website, a great resource in itself, is able to figure out the words most used in the Commons by individual MPs. The results are amusing and perhaps instructive. Here are a few:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: liberal
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff: public
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton: going
Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe: Quebec
Government House Leader John Baird: liberal
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley: help
Industry Minister Tony Clement: health
Deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale: respect
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau: young
Liberal MP Bob Rae: question
NDP MP Olivia Chow: child
Heritage Minister James Moore: air
Independent MP Helena Guergis: women
Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc: important
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty: tax
Treasury Board President Stockwell Day: fact
Update: Here's Justin Trudeau's take on the favourite words, made in the members' statements before Question Period on Thursday.
M. Justin Trudeau: Monsieur le Président, malgré le fait que nous faisons face à un gouvernement pour qui l'opacité et l'obscurcissement sont la norme, une analyse des interventions dans cette Chambre s'avère bien révélatrice.
After eliminating words common to all, openparliament.ca reveals that the word most commonly used by the member for Edmonton East is “war”. While we might understand the finance minister's overuse of the word “tax”, why the ministers for seniors and immigration favour “tax” too is beyond me.
... Notre ministre des Affaires étrangères, au lieu d'être tourné vers le monde, est plutôt obsédé par le Bloc.
Among the words that Liberals prefer that do not appear from Conservatives are “development”, “respect”, “care”, “jobs”, “children”, “change”, and my own word, “young”, but the most telling contrast is that while our Leader of the Opposition is most focused on the interests of the public, our Conservative PM is instead obsessed with opposing Liberals.