Politicians offside over Doan

Many want to be armchair quarterbacks during football season. In hockey season, even more Canadians want to coach behind the bench.
And they are ready to do it from the ease of their favorite “La-Z-Boy” or from the comfort of their favourite bar stool surrounded by their best hockey buds.
And that is where their game stays; in the bar or in front of their TV. And when their favourite team doesn’t win, they know who to blame.
Canada’s politicians in Ottawa apparently don’t understand that they are limited to cheering and booing from the stands should they ever venture out to Kanata to watch the Senators play.
In fact, following the spectacle from last week, they really haven’t figured out they can’t play hockey.
They still insisted on a hearing about naming Shane Doan captain of Canada’s national hockey team. They wanted to review an issue that was 17 months old—an issue the NHL had already cleared Doan of.
The last really successful hockey player/politician is Sen. Frank Mahovolich, and before him Red Kelly, although no one today probably has a greater love of the game than Howie Hampton our MPP, who even into his mid-50s still can’t wait to lace up his skates and get into the real corners of a hockey rink leaving the worries of Queen’s Park behind him.
They know hockey is played on ice.
With so many important issues in Canada, such as doctor shortages, education, Afghanistan, border security, and international trade, one would wonder how almost every politician could wind up making quick decisions against Shane Doan from a single complainer.
They wanted to know why he was named captain of Canada’s team.
The NHL had found Doan blameless. Someone had uttered the term “F . . . . Frenchman” but as Bob Nicholson, president of Hockey Canada pointed out, it wasn’t Doan.
The offence that the politicians displayed ended in a complete rout once they found that they had to go into the corner to defend their actions to their constituents.
If anything, all 304 members of that exclusive club should end up with misconduct penalties and be asked to forfeit a week’s pay for forgetting that they are politicians and the leaders of the country.
Meanwhile, Shane Doan, ever the gentleman, was taking time away from his family representing Canada at the world hockey championships in Moscow.
Those 304 parliamentarians still are trying to skate off the ice on their ankles—humbled for believing that hockey should be played in the hearing rooms of Ottawa.
And should anyone forget, the next time we hear a politician uttering profanity, maybe they should be sent to the sidelines for good.

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