Monday, February 06, 2006

Harper's "Worst Enemy"

Sickening. Hypocrisy, thy name is Emerson. What does it say about political parties when these high profile "stars" find it so easy to jump about? Crazy.

There will be many quotes unfurled over the next few days to demonstrate the sheer depravity of such a move over the next few days. A quick Google search yields this favorite:
At the Golden Swan, a Chinese restaurant on Victoria Drive, supporters chanted his name as Emerson arrived to deliver his victory speech.

"I feel very happy with the results," said the former cabinet minister. "This is traditionally NDP territory and to win again feels good."

The riding was expected to be close, but Emerson jumped ahead early and extended his lead on NDP candidate Ian Waddell by more than 4,000 votes.

Emerson added he is going to enjoy keeping tabs on Prime Minister-elected Stephen Harper.

"I'm going to be Stephen Harper's worst enemy," he warned. "We're going to stir the pot and you better believe we are going to make a heck of a lot of noise."
No comment required. Except to note that only 8,679 of Vancouver Kingsway's 46,168 voters chose the Conservative candidate two weeks ago to the day. How can anyone believe anything he might say in his next campaign? I just hope he tries to run again...


Blogger The Tiger said...

I'm very surprised.

Well, there's one thing -- the NDP now can combine with the Conservatives to pass bills jointly. That's something.

But this isn't the right note to strike. Not today.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Furious in Vancouver. Emerson's actions today are absolutely despicable. Conservatives are un-electable in Vancouver - let's have Emerson run in a by-election as a Conservative and see how he does. People are very angry about this as word circulates around Lotus Land.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous CuriosityKilledTheCat said...

What a blunder!

Just sworn in and Harper shows his arrogance and political immaturity in these ways. It should not really be a surprise to us, though: he is used to running things “my way or the highway”, and this breathtaking arrogance in doing a 180 degree turn on parliamentarians who change parties, really takes the cake!

These crass steps just confirm the views of the voters in Canada’s big cities: don’t trust a man who runs a stealth campaign, hiding many of his policies.

Going to be a very interesting 12 months!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Gary McHale said...

New blog to Remove Emerson

See above web site to hold Conservative accountable.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Liam O'Brien said...

Moreover, why did David Emerson say yes?

It's true that Emerson said he was "a small-c Liberal" even before
changing parties, but what does that mean other than more fence
sitting? A small "c" Liberal is - to borrow the old saying -
"responsibility without power -- the perrogative of the eunuch
throughout the ages. . . "

Emerson was obviously content, if the election had gone in favour of
the Liberals, to chug right along in that enunuch's role. He obviously
wouldn't have crossed the floor if his original party had won. So, if
that's the only change in circumstances, what the hell are we rewarding?

And the final Pablum [fr CBC story] from Emmerson:

The Conservative Party "has been moving to the centre because of the
checks and balances in Parliament,"
he said, "and I think the fact that Mr. Harper has reached out to someone like me is an indication that they are becoming a middle-of-the-road party, and I think I can be helpful in moving in that direction."

What does that even mean?

Sounds like somebody cautiously choosing whether to step into a taxi
cab with a driver they don't like because they just finished saying to a friend he looks "sketchy", not a cabinet.

What's worse, the cabbie lets the offensive and irrational person in!

Two words:

Political Whore.

I used them with Harvey, St. Jacques, Martin, Stronach and Brison, and others (not all, just those that show no principles or reason here beyond "securing" a cabinet seat with no policies or riding views considered) all for the same reason. I'll use it here.

Harper made a mistake with this. It's really too bad. Overall, most of his cabinet was great. And I'm glad to see one of the smallest cabinets in almost 40 years.

I just hope he corrects this mistake. It's not too late.

11:00 PM  

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