Monday, February 06, 2006

David Emerson

From CBC News, Surprise! Cabinet includes defector, unelected minister:
[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.

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.
Well, I don't know what to say. Off the top - I think it stinks.

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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Anonymous said...

I agree with you, however if he resigned and ran in a by elelction I would be fine with it.

Anonymous Tory said...

Is it just me or will an interview with Emerson look something like this?

Don Newman. Thank you for being here. Mr. Emerson, you were elected as a Liberal for B.C. but surprised the nation by crossing the floor to the Conservatives for a seat in Stephen Harper’s Cabinet. How do you reconcile this with the blatantly anti-Harper Campaign that the Liberal Party you were part of ran?

Emerson: *Blank stare, looks behind him* I ran as a cabinet minister and everyone liked me as a cabinet minister so I thought that I would join the Cabinet… I mean Conservative Party…

Newman: So what do you like the most about the Conservative Party and Stephen Harper’s new government?

Emerson: The seats in cabinet.

Newman: Uh yeah… Stephen Harper said that he was impressed by you as he watched you serve as a Minister in the Martin Government.

Newman: Of course he was, I was made for Cabinet, I love serving in Cabinet and I will do anything to serve in Cabinet.

Newman: Do you realize that you have said Cabinet seven times in the past 12 seconds?

Emerson: Cabinet?

Newman: Uh yeah… Well some touted you as a possible successor to Paul Martin for the Liberal Leadership as a high ranking Liberal…

Emerson: *interrupts* Let me put an end to this talk right now. I am not going to run for the Liberal leadership but if someone calls me and offers me that position then I will cross the floor to sit as the Leader of the Official Opposition and Liberal Leader. Until then I am perfectly happy where I am.

Newman: Well thank you for your time Minister Emerson and best of luck in Cabinet.

Emerson: Thank you and Cabinet bless you.

Fighting for Democracy said...

But the fact is, "our" vision of democractic reform is alittle different that the Conservative party's vision. 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.

Gary McHale said...

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Anonymous said...

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 and Prime Minister Harper at Remember to include your name and address so that they know you are real.

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.