Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I Need to Sit Down

CBC News : Independent MP Garth Turner joins the Liberals.

To be honest, I don't know what to think.

More later, or sometime.

7 comments:

Zorpheous said...

I am rather taken aback by the news as well. While I do not see this as floor-crossing, or if it is floor crossing, then breaking wind will be consider floor crossing next.

Did he cross the floor like Emmerson? Nope.
Did he cross the floor like Belinda? Nope.
Did he cross the floor like Khan? Nope.

Nope, all three of those were pure, cut and cry floor crossings. Garth's ejection from the CPC doesn't meet the muster for that roll call.

I am still very disppoint in Garth for choosing to run as Liberal in the next election. I think he would have been more ethical to run as an independant or maybe a green, but either of those two options could have been the end of his political future. Running as a liberal could do the same thing.

One thing is certain, it is going to be an interesting election next time around with our MP playing musical chairs

Anthony said...

Big deal. We all like Garth. Does it really matter which party he belongs to? He's going to do what is right. Joining the Liberals is another way to get his agenda (which I think is great) passed.

Stop crying...party loyalty is a thing of the past.

Jim said...

Joining the Liberals is another way to get his agenda (which I think is great) passed.

Ah, poor naive Anthony.

I would draw it, but I don't know the emoticon for "rolling my eyes".

Jim said...

Just so I don't completely lose Anthony.

I liked a lot of Garth's platform too, but do you honestly believe that the Liberal Party will entertain income splitting if they form government?

Jim said...

Aaargh. I'm almost certain Anthony did this just to put me into turbo rant mode. :)

What in the history of the Liberal Party makes you think they're going to listen to Garth? They have about 95 MPs they don't listen to now.

Anthony said...

To draw rolling eyes...now shake your screen. 8)

Ok, maybe I was trying to rattle your cage...

Yes, income splitting will be on the Liberal platform. This will bring us closer to the US tax system, which I'm sure you already know has income splitting and other family income tax advantages (deducting mortgage interest).

Everyone likes tax cuts, especially the people who traditionally vote (Reform) Conservative. The swing vote will go Liberal. 8)

So why would the Liberal party listen to Garth? They will if he can swing votes to the Liberal side. Can he? Yes, I think he can...I have faith in the man. He has done something every good salesman does...talks to his customers, identifies the need/gap, provides a solution, and takes action.

Remember, he's just trying to help us!

Jim said...

Must ... resist ... idealism ... :)

My skepticism knows no bounds on this. No question, Dion gains some much needed positive energy from this. I think for his reward, Garth will get to sit once again on some committees (likely Finance, so he can push income splitting).

But, come the next election and if the Liberals win, Garth has already been paid, and there are too many other Liberals who backed Dion who are going to look for their reward - Kennedy, Trudeau, Holland, etc. Plus, the concession spots for Ignatieff, Rae, Findlay, Volpe ... likely Stronach too.

In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter? Nah, the sun will still come up in the morning. But, I'm not entirely sure the outcome is going to be positive for the Garthamaniacs.

Time will tell.