NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON FOR DOMINIC LEBLANC DURING THE 2004 FEDERAL ELECTION

Thank you very much for inviting me here today.  It is great to find myself here among friends and family.  Yes, family.  My name may be Munson, but I am a wee Scott in more ways than one.  My mother’s name is Dora Scott and Baie Verte is her home village.

 

Her father, my grandfather, was the late James G. Scott.  And if you feel the ground shake during this speech, it may be grampie turning over in his grave at the sound of my voice.  You see grampie was a freemason and a proud Orangeman.  I’m willing to bet that in the great scheme of things, he didn’t plan on having a Liberal for a grand-son.

 

He had pretty harsh words for a distant cousin, the Honourable Arthur Bliss Copp from Jolicure.  He was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Jolicure from 1915 to 1925 and then went on to become Senator from 1925 to 1949.  At one point, he was also the Secretary of State of Canada.  Grampie was not impressed, however.  Anytime he heard Arthur Bliss Copp speak he would say “there he goes again, the animated windbag of the Tantramar.”  Let’s hope that grampie’s spirit is in a forgiving mood this evening.

 

And that I am not a windbag.

 

Grampie was a man devoted to his community.