Rob Anders Sleep

March 3, 2012 by staff 

Rob Anders Sleep, It’s been one of the craziest weeks national politics has seen in some time - spanning everything from the “outing” of the Vikileaker, to the discovery of Pierre Poutine.

But I think the prize for the best line of the week, goes not to any politician or pundit, but to Canadian veteran and social activist Jim Lowther.

Lowther did two tours in Bosnia and one in Afghanistan. He’s also the founder of VETS, or Veterans Emergency Transition Services, a Halifax-based social agency that works to support homeless or distressed veterans.

Earlier this week, he and his colleague, David MacLeod, VETS’ director of policy and communications, were making a presentation to a group of MPs in Halifax. Lowther was annoyed when Calgary Conservative MP Rob Anders arrived late to the meeting, then fell asleep during the presentations.

“I looked down the table and there’s old snoozy,” Lowther told the Ottawa Citizen. “Old snoozy at the end of the table didn’t give a damn. That just fried my bacon.”

There, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a quote for the ages.

Anders could have humbly apologized for his human weakness and expressed concern for the plight of homeless vets. He could have made a little fun of himself for power napping on the job. Instead, Anders angrily denied he’d ever fallen asleep in the first place, and accused Lowther and MacLeod of being pro-Vladimir Putin NDP hacks, engaged in a partisan smear campaign against him.

Now, that really fries my bacon.

Three different people, including Liberal MP Sean Casey, the vice-chairman of the Veterans Affairs committee, confirmed Anders fell asleep.

For Anders to insist he was awake the whole time makes about as much sense as my husband insisting he doesn’t snore. When you’re asleep, you’re not actually all that aware of what’s going on around you.

Perhaps that’s also why Anders is confused about what was said at the meeting.

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