[Former Liberal MP, and Industry Minister, David] Emerson, a 60-year-old former banker, businessman and economist, was elected in the B.C. riding of Vancouver-Kingsway in 2004 and re-elected last month, both times as a Liberal.Well, I don't know what to say. Off the top - I think it stinks.
To the surprise of many, he showed up at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Monday morning to be sworn into the cabinet. In addition to his duties as trade minister, he will be responsible for the Vancouver Olympics.
I'll say exactly the same thing I said when Belinda Stronach crossed the floor as it stinks as much now as it did then.
Two weeks after running as Liberal candidate, Mr. Emerson is now sworn in as a Conservative cabinet minister. I think Mr. Emerson has done the constituents of Vancouver Kingsway a major disservice by not declaring his intentions before winning the riding for the Liberal Party.
I mean, simply put, would Mr. Emerson have jumped parties had the Liberals been victorious? And, why, Mr. Harper, did you name him to cabinet. Let him jump, okay fine, but to reward the jump with a cabinet post? It's impossible to defend.
Mr. Emerson ran on the Liberal Party platform and should represent that platform, or sit as an independent and contemplate his future.
Simply put - if his intention was to become a Conservative member of parliament, he should have sought the Conservative Party nomination and ran as a Conservative candidate.
What's worse? The riding of Vancouver Kingsway made it clear that they did not want a Conservative MP - Kanman Wong, finished a distant third, barely capturing half of the NDP candidate's (Ian Waddell) votes.
Now, I don't believe an MP needs to resign their seat and run in a by-election. It's "parliamentary" to cross the floor and whatnot. Short of committing a crime, only the constituents of a riding should be able to get rid of a sitting MP via an election.
But come on - it hasn't even been two weeks yet.
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