We Need a New Map – My Farewell Address in Parliament after 18 years

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Speaker: The Honourable Andrew Scheer

Mr. Speaker, this is an excerpt from Being True to Ourselves, by poet, Sandy Cameron:


“The map we inherited

isn’t any good.

The old roads mislead

and the landscape keeps changing.

People are confused

and drift from place to place,

clothes scorched by fire

eyes red with smoke.


The old map tells us

to look for gold

in the city,

so we go to the city

and find the garbage dump.

We need a new map

with new roads

and a new destination.


Some people fear

a new map, and

they cling to the old one

like flies to fly paper.


I don’t have a new map,

so I write stories.

The stories draw lines

dig holes

and above all, remember…

…“And in this harsh world

draw your breath in pain

to tell my story,” Hamlet

said to Horatio.

“I seem not to speak

the official language,” the poet

Adrianne Rich said, so

she created an unofficial language,

the language of the heart…”
Mr. Speaker, it has been an honour to serve the people of Vancouver East and the NDP for the past 18 years. Thank you.