February 7, 2006

"Minister Emerson's office, how may I help you?"

Below is a brief transcript of an earlier conversation I had with a lovely receptionist for the Oh-so-Honorable David Emerson...

- "Hi, did you say this was MINISTER Emerson's office?"

- "Yes, I did."

- "Great, yeahhh, well my name is Denise and I'm a Young Liberal who worked on the recent campaign and I just wanted David Emerson to know that I think his crossing floor was absolutely despicable and inappropriate and disrespectful and offensive and unethical and geez, I could go on forever..."

- "Well thank you, I'll be sure to pass the message along to Mr. Emerson."

- "Right on, thanks. You rock... and so in conclusion, I guess you rock and he sucks."

- "Thanks miss, have a good day."

- "You too."

I had briefly debated pointing out that whereas Emerson used to be a small-c liberal he's now just a big-L cunt, but I didn't know whether or not the lovely lady on the other end would appreciate the satire.

If you have any time in the next couple of days, feel free to give Emerson's office a call at 604-775-6263 or send him an email to emersd@parl.gc.ca. It feels pretty good. Heck, it felt so good, I might just make another call tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that. Maybe every day until he returns my call. Or resigns. Preferably the latter.

32 Commentaires:

Anonymous Anonymous a dit...


If you were dumb enough to support him or any other so called small c "Liberal" than you deserve everything that you got with Emerson crossing the floor. Emerson and a lot of the Paul Martin "Liberals" belong with Mr. Harper and can leave real progressie Liberals to rebuild the party from the mess they created.

I doubt you or any of the other Young Liberals really care about Emerson switching parties all that much since you are all for the most part Martin Liberals, what you are really upset about is that Emerson won't give you a summer job in his Ministers office now.

2/07/2006 10:10 p.m.  
Blogger Denise B a dit...

You can swing bitter-barbs all you want, but if you think that every honest Liberal who volunteered on that campaign pounding the pavement, knocking doors, and donating any money they could "deserve what they got" then you've got a skewed view of politics. And possibly no heart.

2/07/2006 10:25 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I guess I have no heart than. But I think being a Liberal is more than just stamping the party brand on yourself. Emerson has been a Liberal of convenience since the day Mark Marrison waved a cabinet job under his nose so this should come as no surprise to anyone.

The only person I guess I feel bad for is Ian Waddel, the only progressive the ran in the riding.

2/07/2006 10:47 p.m.  
Blogger Keegan a dit...

Thank you "anonymous" for reducing what is truly a sad state of affairs for the electorate of Emerson's riding and indeed Canadian politics at large to mere partisan rhetoric.
Good on you Denise for taking a stand against "Minister" Emerson's as one of his constituents.

2/07/2006 11:02 p.m.  
Blogger Mark a dit...

Pretty easy to guess who that anonymous poster is isn't it?

2/07/2006 11:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Dipper a dit...

Liberal or Tory it's the same old story.

2/07/2006 11:11 p.m.  
Anonymous JM a dit...

Nothing like a spurned young Liberal! Poor Denise - you can form a support group with all the young Tories who worked for Scott Brison and Belinda Stronach.

The Emerson situation actually compares similarly to Brison - only a few days before he made public his acceptance of Martin's offer to join his cabinet, Scott had voted in favour of the merger between the Alliance and PC Party and spoke encouraging words about the future of the party. You accepted Mr. Brison with open arms as the Tories have accepted Mr. Emerson - excuse me if I'm not swayed by your crocodile tears!

Your reaction is very similar to many young Tories who worked for Scott and Belinda, though it wasn't mine. That's politics, Denise - try not to get all bent out of shape over it. Otherwise you'll end up doing things you may regret, like dropping the c-bomb on your blog.

Happy trails.

2/08/2006 12:26 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I'm calling the office tommorow to tell them how P.O'ed I am. I can't belive I wasted time over the break to help this turncoat win his seat.

2/08/2006 12:33 a.m.  
Blogger Denise B a dit...

Leaving a party because you no longer believe in its direction or values is completely different than admitting in a press conference that you would have stayed with the other team had they won but that you're just too opportunistic to sit in the back bench even a single day.

And for the record, it's been my humble experience that people who are afraid to use "the c-word" in its full glory also can't please one to save their life.

2/08/2006 12:37 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...


I think it's somewhere in the Conservative Policy book that sex is strictly for reproduction and thus fine upstanding tories like Jim have no desire to please.

2/08/2006 12:42 a.m.  
Anonymous jm a dit...

I guess only the young Tories have enough moral character not to use crude slurs and make tasteless sexual jokes.

Keep up the good work young Libs!

2/08/2006 1:07 a.m.  
Blogger bza a dit...

I guess maybe you should have helped out Waddell to "stop Harper" eh?

Must suck to work for Emerson right now. I'm sure those working in an MPs office get enough difficult phone calls. Now they are getting all these angry tirades from people who got behind the wrong guy.

Guess the people of BC know who is the reliable progressive choice next time around.

2/08/2006 3:05 a.m.  
Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

Dipper said...
Liberal or Tory it's the same old story.

I guess you don't follow BC politics, eh?


2/08/2006 8:17 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

"Guess the people of BC know who is the reliable progressive choice next time around."

The NDP's hardly "reliable". I think British Columbians know that if they know anything.

Let's wait until our chickens are hatched (or, more accurately, for Emerson to serve his term whatever length it is, and our riding associations to nominate new candidates) before we count them.

I have one word to describe the new Cabinet, between this and Fortier and appointing O'Connor (a military-company lobbyist) to DND, and it is "Harpocrisy". I feel like this word will be getting a workout in the months to come. Harpocrisy, it just rolls off the tongue.

2/08/2006 9:38 a.m.  
Anonymous Dipper a dit...

Gordon Wilson left the Liberal party when it was taken over by right wing reactonarys and turned into the Campbell Liberal party of today which is nothing more than a collection of social creditors and Martin "Liberals"

I think Emerson shows progressive voters around Canada that despite the desperate lies of the "liberals" that there is only one option for progressive voters.

2/08/2006 10:06 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Is it ever amusing to watch Liberals twist themselves into pretzels to convince everyone that this defection is somehow "different" and more offensive than the switcheroos pulled by Stronach and Brison. I know it feels different to you, Denise, because you feel so personally betrayed by it, but try to imagine how a Conservative organizer who worked for Belinda in her leadership bid felt when she pulled her switch. Imagine being one of the Tories listening to Brison extoll the virtues of the merger vote, then seeing him at News Conference with Junior 48 hours later. There is ZERO difference.

Welcome to politics. For someone who tosses the "c" word around so casually, you don't appear to have actually lost your political virginity before this. Well, now you have. Sorry your first time wasn't all that great an experience, but as a Tory I can relate.

2/08/2006 10:35 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

There is more to this than just the debate as to whether this is somehow different from Brison or Stronach. (I think the fact that Emerson switched parties immediately following the election does make it at least a bit different, for reasons I'm sure are obvious). The bigger difference is that the Liberals never waxed eloquent about how floor-crossing was wrong and should not be permitted, at least without a byelection. Harper and many of his new cabinet members are on the record on this point, yet the very first action he takes is to appoint a floor-crosser (and senator) to cabinet. Quite stunning really.

2/08/2006 11:34 a.m.  
Blogger MPM a dit...

First, Denise can drop whatever word she wants because it is her blog. If you are offended, go live in a basement with Jason Kenney. I give her credit for calling Emerson. He should come back to his riding association and his former staffers and at least give them an explanation.

Second, Emerson's crossing IS different because it is just two weeks after a federal election. Perhaps Belinda and Brison should have had byelections, but that's over now. They've have faced their voters and won as Liberals. The Conservatives ran on accountability and restoring democracy. If you don't see the inherent irony and hypocrisy, you might as well be Tim Powers' staffer. The CPC could have shown they were different, but instead we're having the same old debates, which suggests they really aren't any different.

Third, some of you speak of young Conservatives. Am I mistaken or were the Conservatives the party that specifically refused the create a youth wing? Hence, there are no young Conservatives, only Conservatives who happen to feel they are young.

2/08/2006 12:11 p.m.  
Blogger Ophélie Lechat a dit...

I was quite glad to see "Vancouver Liberals want Emerson to repay $97,000" on the CBC webpage this morning. Floor-crossing, no matter from / to what party, violates the first job of an MP: to represent their population as they were elected.

2/08/2006 12:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I really think the Liberals need to back away from this issue becasue they have no leg to stand on. Yes it is disgusting what Emerson did to his voters, and yes it is Harper showing his true colours when he runs as an agent of change and goes right ahead and does politics as usual, but the Liberals are complaining becasue Harper is acting like a Liberal! Using whatever pragmatic means to further his drive for power.

If the Liberals want this to be an issue they need to shut up and let independent groups like Democracy Watch spout off and let the NDP and Bloc in the house bring up the issue because they at least have a cleaner record on floor crossing over the past several years.

The Liberals have 0 credibilty on this issue. If Harper is going to govern like the Liberals did the past 12 years, using whatever means he has to gain and hold power I think Harper may be around for quite a while and I think that is what is really bugging partsian Liberals like Denise. When Martin or Chretien poach MP's they are politcal genuises but when the Tories do it they are evil?

Get Real.

Liberal or Tory Same Old Story.

2/08/2006 12:56 p.m.  
Anonymous jm a dit...

The NDP and Bloc are clean just because they have never had power.

If hell froze over and Layton became P.M he would be using all the same tricks of the trade.

It's how politics is played.

2/08/2006 1:18 p.m.  
Blogger MPM a dit...

The NDP isn't as clean as people think. They preach about the democratic-deficit like all the other parties, but they don't always practice it. The Manitoba seat of Churchill is an example. Bev Desjarlais did not two the party line on same-sex marriage. Lo and behald the 23 year old daughter of an NDP provincial cabinet minister ran against Deslarlais for the nomination and won it handily. It helped that she had the NDP machine behind her of course. Pure democracy in action or politics as usual?

Hmmm ...

2/08/2006 3:54 p.m.  
Blogger Christopher Young a dit...

Just to clarify something - Niki Ashton had the support of his father machine, who is a provincial MP, not of the federal one - and that's why she beated Bev, as sad as it is. I honestly preferred (and still do) Bev, but local ridings have to chose their candidates - and I respect that choice, even when it is not the best one.

And I'm sure you Liberals have the same level of trust on local members, to let them chose their candidates and to respect that choice... It 's not as if you actually forced a star candidate in Etobicoke-Lakeshore and then refused local supporters to even hold a nomination race!

2/08/2006 4:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Jesus Christ Denise! Grow the fuck up! Public service is about just that - serving the public. Partisanship, just like religion, though useful at times, can also be a hinderance to successful public service.

I think what Emerson did was noble. I mean, someone with the depth and breadth of experience he has is wasting his time and the public's time sitting on the Opposition bench. He is, unquestionably, the best person for international trade. No one is better equipted for the softwood lumber dispute than him.

The fact that Emerson can see beyond ignorant partisanship for the good of his country and all Canadians is worth an applause. Partisanship is over-rated.

And why the hell would you think Emerson, someone who hangs out with Jim Pattison, would remember your name? I know people who know your name, but it isn't for good reasons. Gawd Denise, you think everything revolves around you - a sign of a true juvenile.

And crossing the floor for whatever reason - may you feel more comfortable in one Party or another, or whether you can serve better in one Party or another, is still crossing the floor. Don't even try to claim foul. It's tacky.

2/08/2006 7:53 p.m.  
Blogger Denise B a dit...

Um... I don't know how to explain this to you without sounding condescending, but the post was about just that- about how it's not about me or any of us bloggers or Harper or even Emerson- and how's at the end of the day it's about the voters.

It's a satire of how self-involved politicos are, how self-involved politicians are, and how sidelined the public is.

But worry not, anonymous. I'm sure there are still plenty of blogs out there there where you can make comments that will pass as clever...

2/08/2006 8:19 p.m.  
Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

Yes dipper, Gordon Wilson left the BC Liberals when the so-cons took over but you left out one step between there and the NDP. He founded his own party, recruited candidates and ran under its banner, then he left it and his supporters behind and mired and debt with the NDP offered him a spot in cabinet.

2/08/2006 8:57 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Dear Denise,

Listen sweetheart, I know its difficult for you to understand grown up concepts. But whining and crying about Emerson and pretending you care about the public when all you really are doing is trying to get some partisan message out that Emerson sucks because now your Party is screwed, just makes you and your Party look worse.

Maybe one day you'll be able to understand, but until then you just look pathetic.

I read this blog because I was told that your posts were just as bad as the ones you put in the Daily. However, I must confess, I think this blog is worse.

Keep the pseudo-journalism to the professionals little girl... and a little advice, when the music stops playing, stop the crying. It's old.

2/08/2006 9:01 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I'm in full agreement that Emerson is an arsehole, and should be hounded daily until he resigns.

However.... before going after the $97k someone needs to figure out who gets the candidate cheque from Elections Canada? and who keeps the $1.75 per vote that Emerson captured.

This may be a wash... but it's fun to pile on.

2/09/2006 10:53 a.m.  
Blogger Budd Campbell a dit...

The fraud here is the entire Liberal Party and it's 'vote strategic' BS, along with it's long acknowledged tradition of running from the left and governing from the right.

By exposing the fundamentally silly nature of this cosmetic fraud, that consists of pretending to make a large issue of the small distinction between Red and Blue paint jobs, Emerson has earned the enmity and ire of all who play the Red/Blue deception game. Emerson is being punished and abused not for telling little white lies during the campaign, for for telling the basic truth after the election.

The Red partisans in particular cannot stand having their trade secrets exposed to the voters, especially since they are now broke and out of power. They have to, pardon the expression, fight like blue blazes to place all the of the blame for insincerity on Emerson's personal shoulders, lest it spread out and cover the entire Liberal Party. They know better than anyone that all Emerson did was repeat the national Liberal vote strategic scam line in his riding. Now that he has dropped that and admitted that it doesn't matter to him which pro-business party he's in, well, that's a big problem for all the Red partisans, so they have to go after him big time.

Maybe the Liberals should send Belinda Stronach, Scott Brison, and Keith Martin into the riding to do some heavy organizing, eh?

2/09/2006 12:16 p.m.  
Anonymous Manitoba Liberal a dit...


Nice post.

I agree that too many Liberals are over reacting to this Emerson thing. Emerson and "Liberals" like him easily can fit into the Tories and it's time for the Liberal Party to build itself without fake "Liberals" like Emerson and of course Gordon Campbell.

2/09/2006 9:01 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Poves ptits libéraux, vous êtres frustrés d'avoir perdu. C'est vrai que c'est plus dur de s'en mettre plein les poches quand on est dans l'opposition.

2/10/2006 1:21 p.m.  
Anonymous CuriosityKilledTheCat a dit...

Citizens’ rights, Emerson and Harper – Class action lawsuit needed?

For those voters in Vancouver Kingsgate who are angry about Emerson’s unilateral decision to overturn the results of the federal election in their riding, consider this:

1. You a citizen of Canada.
2. Your citizenship rights are protected in the Constitution, especially in the Charter of Rights, and by centuries of common law.
3. You have a right to protect your constitutional rights.
4. Harper and Emerson have denied you your rights as a citizen of this country.
5. Instead of just calling for Emerson to resign, why not establish a fund to pay for lawyers to launch a class action suit on behalf of the Liberal voters of Vancouver Kingsway, seeking a court order directing Mr. Emerson to cease and desist from representing that riding until such time as he stands for election as a Conservative?

Stand up for your rights.
Take back your rights.
Don’t just get mad; get even with Mr. Emerson.

2/13/2006 1:11 p.m.  

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