Last week was a bit like “Old Home Week” on the Hill. Any time someone from Charlottetown lets me know they are coming to town, I try to arrange to show them around and score passes for them to attend Question Period. I have a couple of very fine Islanders who work with me in Ottawa, Travis Gordon and Nicole Peters, who are always happy to join in when issues of national importance intervene.
I am ever mindful of how fortunate I am to be in Parliament and I am proud to be able to roll out the red carpet for those who I have been elected to serve.
On Monday, one of my former law partners came by with his grandson. On Tuesday, Louise Vessey and Berni Wood took a break from their photography meetings to visit and tour The Hill. They also happened to take quite a few photos. I guess that’s what photographers do.
Wednesday, it was Michelle MacCallum and Alanna Jankov. They were in town for the Netflix debut of Anne at The National Arts Centre. Their visit also included some photos, but they seemed to prefer to be in front of the camera. They got to witness the first sitting day for the 5 new MPs recently elected in byelections.
Thursday, Irwin and Carol Ellis visited. During their tour, the Senate Speaker’s parade was in progress. At the front of the parade was The Usher of The Black Rod, who just happens to be from Souris, Greg Peters. Greg spotted them, and soon thereafter sent me a note inviting them to stop by his office in Center Block. I took them there after QP, and bumped into Karen Jans who also happened to be in the gallery for that day.
If you find yourself in Ottawa while Parliament is sitting, be sure to let me know. I am happy to try to make your visit a little more memorable.