Sunday, March 12, 2006

The 39 Silent MPs

The Emerson issue continues to be a nightmare for Harper. I’m sure Mr. Harper appointed Emerson for what he thought were the right reasons, but look at the costs. We now have an electorate that no longer trusts Harper or the CPC to keep their word. The party no longer looks to have the ethical high road. The promise of democratic reform looks totally unbelievable and if changes are made, what about the sacrificing of the democratic rights of the people of Vancouver Kingsway. Are all of our votes equally expendable if for some reason they fit the need at the time ?
What of the 39 re elected Conservative MPs that voted in support of the MP floor-crossing prohibition bill, bill c-251. Thirty nine are now silent.
Is this the kind of party the conservatives are now, a party where MPs shut up and sit on their hands and don't say what they believe ? A party that used to support voters rights, the rights of constituents and now that the party's in power principals go out the window ?Why are they not speaking up on the David Emerson issue. It is clearly wrong, clearly against their ethics and beliefs and clearly not what the voters of Vancouver kingsway wanted.
More than 20,000 in Vancouver area have chosen not to remain silent on this issue, have a look at the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?RDE and read the comments.
"The silent 39" . The 39 MPs are now proving themselves very questionable value to their constituents as they will sit on their hands when it comes to question of ethics. They believe the Emerson switch was wrong, they believe in silence.
Rona Ambrose - Edmonton Rob Anders - Calgary
David Anderson - Cypress hills James Bezan -Selkirk
Garry Breitkreuz - Yorkton Gord Brown-Leeds—Grenville
Rick Casson -Lethbridge John Cummins- Delta
Barry Devolin- Haliburton Ken Epp - Edmonton
Diane Finley - Haldimand—Norfolk Gary Goodyear - Cambridge
Nina Grewal -Fleetwood—Port Kells
Helena Guergis -Simcoe Grey Richard Harris-Cariboo—Prince George
Russ Hiebert- South surrey Jay Hill -Prince George—Peace River
Brian Jean - Fort McMurray Randy Kamp -Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge
Gerald Keddy -South Shore—St. Margaret's Daryl Kramp -Prince Edward,Hastings
Tom Lukiwski - Regina James Lunney -Nanaimo—Alberni
Rob Merrifield - Yellowhead Larry Miller -Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
Bob Mills - Red Deer Bev Oda - Durham
Charlie Penson -Peace river Pierre Poilievre -Nepean—Carleton
Joe Preston- Elgin Middlesex James Rajotte- Edmonton-Leduc
Carol Skelton - Saskatoon Joy Smith -Kildonan—St. Paul
Myron Thompson - wild rose David Tilson -Dufferin—Caledon
Bradley Trost- Saskatoon Maurice Vellacott -Saskatoon
Jeff Watson- Essex Lynne Yelich -Blackstrap

1 comment:

CuriosityKilledTheCat said...

Joe Harper.

Lots of comparisons between Joe Clark and Stephen Harper:

• both won narrow minority governments.
• both faced a former governing party in a temporary state of transition.
• both thought they were the first of a long-term wave of Conservatism to sweep over Canada and become the "natural governing party".
• both underestimated the real support for their party.
• both came into power due to voters wishing to spank the governing party and send them to the penalty box for a while.
• both acted as if they had a majority government.

But there are two major differences between Joe Clerk and Stephen Harper:

1. Joe Clark did not behave in ethically questionable ways from the get go.
2. Joe's arrogance was political, not personal.

Of course, what happened to Joe will now happen to Stephen: a footnote in Canada's decorous but tempestuous political history.