(In 250 Words or Less)

OCTOBER 25, 2006
Word Count:247

“Mr. Fortier, can you please tell us why you’re not running in the Montreal riding by-election?”

“I believe I answered that question.”

“No you haven’t. I just asked it.”

“As I said before, I answered that question.”


“Last February. I said I would run in the next general election. This is not a general election. It is a by-election.”

“But weren’t you appointed to represent Montreal in Harper’s cabinet?”


“But you weren’t elected.”

“What’s your point?”

“Wouldn’t this be an opportunity to be an elected representative of government of the very area you were appointed to represent?”

“What are you asking?”

“Why won’t you let the voters decide if they want you representing them in Montreal?”

“That’s ridiculous!”

“Why is that ridiculous?”

“Listen to me. I will speak slowly...I...have...already...answered... your...question. Good day.”

“This is going nowhere. There’s MacKay. Mr. MacKay. Mr. Mackay? Will you be apologising for the dog comment today?”

“I’ve made no such comment.”

“What of the gesture.”

“I made no such gesture. Good day.”

“There’s another Minister. Oh minister, minister?”


“Do you think MacKay should apologise for the dog comment?”

“I have no comment on that other than Liberals should apologise to Canadians for stalling the passing of any laws lately.”

“Do you think Mr. Fortier should run in the by-election?”

“I believe he has already answered that question. Good day.”

“Let’s wrap it up here. The only ones having a good day are the gag salesmen.”

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