... and then there's the stupid way, such as the tact that Conservative Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais decided to show with an offensively frank reply to his NDP MP's recent mail out:
Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais on Friday became the second senator this week to join the fray, directly challenging a New Democrat MP for advocating abolition of the upper house in a flyer sent to her constituents.
In a letter sent to all parliamentarians, Dagenais referred to Charmaine Borg's flyer as "a rag" and suggested she's a whiny, ignorant, powerless Quebec MP who was elected by fluke and stands little chance of being re-elected.
CBC isn't just playing up what he said, either - those are almost direct quotes. This guy honestly didn't know where to stop, and clearly didn't run it past any of his staff, colleagues, or God help him, the PMO. His letter wouldn't have made it past Save As if he had just thought for a second.
I like the idea of Senators, Conservative or Liberal, sticking up for their chamber against increasingly misleading NDP attacks against it. There is a difference, however, between defending your job and pointing out the services you provide, and sending a hissy fit e-mail to all members of Parliament. I mean come on, that email is barely befitting the conduct of an irate toddler, let alone a member of Canada's Upper Chamber. Why not say something like "as a constituent of yours, I find this very disagreeable, here's why:" - HOW IS THAT HARD!?
Sigh. I think there needs to be a spirited defence set up for the Senate, I really do. If we can just explain to Canadians why its there and what its uses are, we can counter the NDP's bull. But its getting increasingly hard to do so when folks like Dagenais are allowed to speak.
Hint hint at the solution.