I'm very pleased by the diversity of opinion on the David Emerson floor-crossing in the Conservative Party ranks. This is in stark contrast to the lack of diversity of opinion on the Belinda Stronach floor-crossing in the Liberal Party ranks.
I'm not about to burn my membership card over this. I'm sure there are going to be other policies and motions I'm not going to agree with it. I'll rah-rah when I agree with something, and I'll question that which I don't. No political party is going to please everybody.
I also don't agree with the notion that Mr. Emerson has to resign and run in a by-election. As I've said before, floor-crossing itself does not bother me, and only the voters of Vancouver-Kingsway can determine if Mr. Emerson is fit to represent them. My concern was, was Mr. Emerson convinced that the Conservative Party was a better home, or was he convinced that the position of Minister of International Trade was a better home? Am I supposed to care?
I don't think this is an outbreak of "Tory syndrome", as some have suggested. I don't think it helps the Conservative Party to have supporters behave like unabashed cheerleaders of every thing that happens - you want to see the chief cheerleading squad, go here. I can trust Mr. Harper to lead, but it would be disingenuous not to voice concern or criticism.
Andrew at Bound by Gravity has a collection of other postings summarizing some other last thoughts of the Emerson / Fortier moves, including some of the "rational" thoughts on the subject. KevinG, at Odd Thoughts, summarizes the possible pluses of the move.
We're all very happy that Stephen Harper can play the political game. Some of us were hoping that he was going to change the game.
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