February 6, 2006

And they called Belinda a "dip-stick"....

What a day for democracy! Our newly formed Conservative cabinet has an un-elected Minister and a Liberal defector. Can you say, “Accountable?” David Emerson of all people! Being a British Columbian myself, I had gained a lot of respect for David Emerson, respect that has been lost. And Steve-O, what a guy! For months he has been bashing Belinda’s defection only to encourage and endorse the very same thing TWO WEEKS AFTER AN ELECTION ON THE DAY OF HIS SWEARING IN! Belinda left the Conservative’s on her own free will because she was unhappy with the party. It wasn only after she switched she was given a cabinet seat. Stevie-Boy, on the other hand, admitted that he asked Emerson to leave the Liberals to become a Minister. Is this not the same thing Dosanjh was accused of doing to Gurmant Grewal, and which Harper so outspokenly criticised. What a slap in the face to the Canadian people, including those Conservative MP’s who might have been given the opportunity to be Minster of International Trade – and you know the word “by-election” is definitely not in Harper or Emerson’s vocabulary. I feel sorry for all the donor’s and volunteer’s for Emerson’s campaign. If this doesn’t turn them off politics…

7 Commentaires:

Blogger Dave a dit...

I've had it. Recall this guy now.
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/RDE/petition.html

2/06/2006 6:35 p.m.  
Blogger HearHere a dit...

Maybe I am wrong but didn't Chretien appoint both Pettigrew and Dion to sit in cabinet before either were elected?

And, Trudeau did the same - numerous senators served in Cabinet to round out regional representation.
And Stephen Harper did not support the NDP motion to have by elections when you cross the floor.
How is this any different?

2/06/2006 6:57 p.m.  
Anonymous Manitoba Liberal a dit...

Emerson was a star recruit of Paul Martin. This along with the fact that we as a party still are being dragged down with Jean Lapierre in our party is proof enough that a Paul Martin "Liberal" is not a Liberal to be trusted.

2/06/2006 8:08 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Dion and Pettigrew also knew two liberals in Montreal who were resigning their seats for them to run. Who from Montreal is gonna resign their seat for Fortier?

2/06/2006 8:33 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Antonio:

There are no safe Conservative seats in Quebec for this guy to run.

It would be very embarassing if he were to run and lose (for a third time).

The real question is which MP from Alberta is going to resign to let this guy run?

2/06/2006 9:27 p.m.  
Blogger Alex Plante a dit...

Dion and Pettigrew got into Cabinet on January 25 1996 and were elected in the ridings of St-Laurent-Cartierville and Papineau-St-Michel respectively on March 25 1996.

Senators usually get into Cabinet for specific issues like Sharon Carstairs on organ donation. The only time they meet in Cabinet is when they discuss their topic. Appointing a Senator as minister for PWGSC is unacceptable since he won't answer to the House.

2/06/2006 9:50 p.m.  
Anonymous Loraine King a dit...

As a strong (and rare) fan of an appointed Senate I am quite unhappy that Mr. Fortier does not have the courage to commit the rest of his life to serving Canada in the Senate, as Senators usually do. At least Harper is not promising to hold a travesty senatorial election over this and hopefully he will keep on acting responsibly by making solid senatorial appointments. Nevertheless, procurement and Public Works matters are too sensitive to appear to be shielded from the scrutiny of Parliament. Presumably the Prime Minister would be answerable to Parliament for Public Works but we are likely to see a parliamentary secretary answer Opposition questions. Here’s to hoping that the membership in the Public Accounts Committee will have the expertise and desire to do its job very, very well… Déjà vu, a Conservative Senator as minister in charge of a large spending machine. Hopefully there won’t come along a very unscrupulous public servant who knows how to rig a bid….

2/07/2006 12:54 p.m.  

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