Thursday, April 12, 2007

On Belinda Stronach Leaving

I would like to make a brief statement on the news that Belinda Stronach will be leaving federal politics [CNW Telbec, Belinda Stronach takes on new challenges]:

The Honourable Belinda Stronach, Member of Parliament for Newmarket and Aurora, today announced that she would assume the position of Executive Vice-Chair of Magna International Inc. effective immediately, and simultaneously, she will not stand for re-election as a Member of Parliament in the next federal election.

Way back when, I supported the merging of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative parties to create the new Conservative Party. I also supported Belinda Stronach to be the new leader.

I was upset when Ms. Stronach crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party, that she "did not stay, did not roll up [her] sleeves if [she] didn't like something ... Don't run from it. Help shape the direction of the new party." I stayed to shape the new party.

I realize now, sometimes, that shaping the direction of a party can be difficult. Pointless, really.

While I still question the floor crossing, I don't think I harbour any more negative thoughts toward Belinda.

All I can really say is that I wish her well in her future endeavours.

I'm sure it's been keeping her up at night, too. :-)

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