February 6, 2006

A farewell note...

Dear David,

I’ve taken some time to reflect and think about things, and I want you to know that I’m no longer angry. Sure, what you did was selfish, opportunistic, and cowardly, but for the most part, I’m not going to judge you. I’m just disappointed that you lied to me.

I admit that things haven’t been perfect lately, and I noticed that the last few weeks you’ve been getting a little distant, but I didn’t think you would lie to me the way you did.

When people called me this morning to tell me that they saw you with him, I honestly didn’t believe them. “No,” I told them, “there’s no way he’s been sneaking around with Stephen behind my back. Sure, we’ve been going through some tough times, but David’s a good guy. We had a really good talk on January 23rd. He told me that he was committed and wanted to make this situation work.”

But I guess you didn’t. I guess you’re willing to throw what we had away. All the good times, all the fun, all the laughs, all the memories. Remember way back when you decided to get into politics? Remember all the hard-working volunteers who got behind you and believed in you? Remember all the early morning campaign stops, afternoon door-knocking, and late-evening meetings? Remember all the results you and Paul Martin together helped deliver for British Columbia?

But I guess that’s all history now. Yes, I feel used. And I feel lied to. And I feel bitter. But far be it from me to stand between what seems like a perfect pairing. After all, to be fair, you and Stephen have a lot in common. Both of you lied during the campaign- you about your partisan affiliation and him about his commitment to accountability. And both of you are clearly opportunistic and willing to do whatever it takes to win.

So there’s really nothing left to say except that I wish you and he a happy future together. And should you decide to get married, don’t forget which political party you can thank for that right.

Your Liberal voter

24 Commentaires:

Anonymous élie a dit...

That's the first time I have to agree with a Liberal. Oy.. was I ever naive to think that only Liberals were that corrupt!

Let's be fair to women and call Emerson a "dipstick" and say he "whored himself out".

2/06/2006 7:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I am a Conservative too, and I can't understand why James Moore was left out of cabinet for a backstabbing traitor. Emerson will not like the cold reception he will be getting, and hopefully he will be gone before the next election.

2/06/2006 8:13 p.m.  
Blogger James Bowie a dit...

That's a sad story Denise. It's enough to make us cry right before Valentine's Day.


2/06/2006 8:23 p.m.  
Blogger Jason Cherniak a dit...

EXCELLENT post. It is linked.

2/06/2006 8:31 p.m.  
Blogger Denise B a dit...

Cool, thanks Jason. Sorry about the depressing post, Bowie, but I woke up today and felt like I got dumped so I wrote like it.

Although, to be fair, I actually don't think I've ever been hurt as much in a regular breakup as I did this morning. Frankly, I don't know whether that says I'm too interested in politics, or not interested enough in my relationships. Hahaha.

2/06/2006 8:47 p.m.  
Blogger Diamond Fan a dit...


Sorry to hear about your broken heart. Maybe it's time to settle from a nice young liberal with a lifetime of dedication to the party?

Can you say DRAFT DIAMOND!


2/06/2006 9:19 p.m.  
Blogger Alex Plante a dit...

Awesome post Denise ! I guess you feel like Peter felt the day Belinda crossed the floor.

2/06/2006 9:40 p.m.  
Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

I know where you can get a good deal on a rental puppy for the teary media photo-op. :)

2/06/2006 9:44 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

You were dumb enough to buy into the hype?

2/06/2006 9:50 p.m.  
Blogger Denise B a dit...

Hahaha, that's hilarious! Although I see the rural-farm press conference going a little bit differently. "No, actually, I'm not calling for for David to give back any of my clothes or cds, just the CAMPAIGN DONATIONS good Liberals made!"

Just days after getting elected! Days. So outrageous...

2/06/2006 9:50 p.m.  
Blogger Barrelman a dit...

reposting elsewhere

Great read.

2/06/2006 11:52 p.m.  
Blogger Carrie a dit...

What a wonderfully creative way to express your thoughts on this debacle.

Great post :)

2/07/2006 12:48 a.m.  
Blogger Fighting for Democracy a dit...

I was annoyed that the Conservatives welcomed Dave Emerson into the party and gave him a cabinet post. I don't agree with someone crossing the floor. Then I gave it some more thought. Politics is business. Business is about getting the best possible people for the job.

People should see that this type of behavior will always occur throughout our political history.

The fact is, "our" vision of democractic reform is alittle different than that of the Conservative party's. We are disappointed because "we" wanted people to sit as an independent or run in a by-election. This was not Stephen Harper vision as he stated during his interview with the CBC during the election. He isn't being a hyprocrite and he managed to grab an excellent MP from another party.

It is part of business, as we all know companies steal employees from other companies all the time. Time to grow up people.

I was bought, took a much better offer from a competitor. It happens all the time. Everyone knows someone who moved to another job for a better offer.

The Conservatives got a PHD in economics in Dave Emerson. He is a darn good steal of an MP and well suited for the cabinet position he got.

Belinda Stronach had nothing going for her except a vote, a vote that only got her a few months as a cabinet minister in a dying party.

As far as business deals go, the Conservatives got the best deal by far.

2/07/2006 1:04 a.m.  
Blogger MPM a dit...

So we can justify Harper's actions by saying it's okay because Emerson is talented and Belinda is/was not? Who are you -- Tim Powers?

The fact is your comments are wrong on so many levels.

First of all, you have no idea about Belinda's talent. I know former cabinet ministers who say she was much smarter and talented than the media gave her credit for. You don't know anything about her or her work. You have bought the media hype and played into the sterotype and ASSUMED Belinda was dumb. Why? Because she is blonde and attractive? Well, Emerson is quite a distinguished looking man himself. Or is it because Belinda is new to poltics? Well, Emerson is even newer. Perhaps it's because Emerson has such a distinguished professional career? Absolutely he does, but Belinda is no slouch in that category either.

Yes, Belinda crossed the floor partly out of ambition and partly out of conviction. I'm not sure if Emerson had much conviction when he made his decision.

Finally, politics is indeed a marketplace, but it's not supposed to be a marketplace based on money. It's supposed to be a marketplace based in ideas. Parties put forward ideas and voter agree or disagree. It's a very simple analysis but it makes sense. We should not condone "head-hunting" and scooping members of other Parties away when they are based so clearly on opportunity, ambition and personal goals. Moreover, such "head-hunting" involves taxpayers money and immense political power. Neither should be used for personla gain.

Let's face it, Emerson didn't switch because he now believes in the Conservative agenda; he switched because he wants to remain a cabinet minister as opposed to a backbench opposition member. He didn't want to fight for what he believes in and rebuild the Liberal Party. This calls into questions whether Emerson was ever a Liberal. If thats true, he should never have run as a Liberal candidate but the fact is, he did. So it leads me to believe he either lied then, or is lying now. Either way, his supporters and donors were wronged. The taxpayers how voted for Emerson were wronged.

Belinda and Brison have both faced their voters since "crossing the floor" and have been re-elected. Their electors want each of them to be in Ottawa as a Liberal. Don't the people of Vancouver Kingsway deserve an opportunity to decide if Emerson should be there as a Conservative?

2/07/2006 1:22 p.m.  
Blogger Jason Hickman a dit...

Belinda and Brison have both faced their voters since "crossing the floor" and have been re-elected.

MPM: To be fair, neither Stronach nor Brison resigned to "[face] their voters" in a by-election. They waited till the next general election.

Honestly, Denise could've switched "David" to "Belinda" and she would have summarized how most Tories, me included, felt about her little jaunt across the floor - though perhaps w/o some of the Harlequin Romance language ;)

And no, that is not a defence for Emerson's conduct.

2/07/2006 2:01 p.m.  
Blogger MPM a dit...

Hickman: But when Belinda crossed, was it not the Conservatives calling for, among other things, a RCMP investigation, an Ethic investigation, a resignation, a byelection, etc.?

Do you not believe they should live by their own words now that they are in government? If not, they don't really represent a "change", do they?

2/07/2006 2:53 p.m.  
Blogger Will a dit...

David Emerson has disenfranchised the people of Vancouver Kingsway, misled his electorate, and should be recalled. His contituency address is

2148 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC
V5N 2T5
Go there on Wednesday February 8th at 4pm to join others in demanding his resignation, or just leave him a message: 604) 775-6263

Also Please sign the recall petition at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/RDE/petition.html

2/07/2006 5:22 p.m.  
Anonymous Leonid a dit...

Re: Fighting for democraty
Yes it's true that people switch parties... Churchill did it twice. Trudeau ran for the NDP before becoming a liberal. There are many other examples. But immediately after an election. And switching to a party that campaigned to get rid of this kind of behaviour? To serve under the man of whom you promised, two weeks ago, to be the worst ennemy? I don't know where exactly the line between politics and indecency lies, but I do know that Mr. Emereson is well on the indecency side.

2/07/2006 5:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Robbie a dit...

I agree, and share your outrage - as one of the Tory Youth who was backstabbed by Belinda.

I presume that you'll now look at her in a different light.

2/07/2006 6:51 p.m.  
Blogger Denise B a dit...

Nah, not really. I maintain that it's one thing to campaign with someone who, after many months, finds he or she cannot work with her caucus or her leader.

It's another thing entirely to wake up one morning less than two weeks after the election and crossing the floor. He also openly admitted he would never have done it if PM had won.

Partisan re-assessment and political opportunism are two vastly different things. And Stronach ran and re-won her riding as a Liberal. Emerson couldn't win that riding as a Conservative even if he cut a cheque to every voter. Which given this week's performance of ethics, I wouldn't be surprised if he tried...

2/07/2006 9:18 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

If you were stupid enough to work for one of Martin "liberals" and now feel burned he joined the party the best suits his and Martin's ideology than you have no one to blame but yourself.

There are about another 25 or so "Liberals" sitting in the House that would be a better fit with the Tories.

2/07/2006 9:35 p.m.  
Blogger Jason Hickman a dit...

MPM: Like I said, I'm hardly here defending the Emerson switch. I'm pointing out that while Brison & Stronach eventually faced their constituents, both waited till the next general election to do so.

was it not the Conservatives calling for, among other things, a RCMP investigation, an Ethic investigation, a resignation, a byelection, etc.?

1. I don't recall the Tories calling for the Mounties to get involved, though I freely admit I could be mistaken. Do you have a link?

2. Same with the ethics commissioner - I'm not saying such an investigation wasn't called for; I just can't remember anyone in the CPC caucus doing so. Again, if I'm wrong, please show me.

3. Resignation/by-election: Actually, the Tories tried to force a general election; once that failed, I don't think too many people wanted a by-election for Belinda S. per se, as much as they wanted to revisit the issue of a general election in the fall/winter.

Look, like I said, I'm not defending what happened this week.

Of course, it begs the question why FuddleDuddle has changed its tune on floor-crossing (check out the archives on this very site from mai 2005).

2/08/2006 2:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Denise, with your double standards you have kind of defined your self of some what of a dipstick.

2/09/2006 9:22 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Although I have signed the two on-line petitions that are up and running, I fear that there will be little effect. A more effective approach is to write directly to Minister Emerson at Emerson.D@parl.gc.ca and Prime Minister Harper at pm@pm.gc.ca.

I encourage all Canadians to make your views known on this matter. Political figures know and understand that for every one person who writes a letter of complaint there are hundreds who share the same sentiments.

I think we have to continue to push on this issue as it is such a shocking subversion of democratic principles.

2/12/2006 4:11 p.m.  

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