February 08, 2006

Blogging Conservaties Not the Only People Upset...

The Globe and Mail has printed a great article, Tory MPs riled by Harper's outsiders. It's very relieving that Conservative MPs are also expressing their disappointment with the hypocrisy of their leader. Now, whether or not this makes some sort of difference in regards to Emerson and Fortier remains to be seen (it's very doubtful). One MP was quoted as saying, "This looks like expediency, even hypocrisy... This is shocking. It's just unbelievable. Who was Stephen talking to? We campaigned against this kind of stuff," Another said, "I'm not sure how I'm going to explain these appointments to my constituents. It's bewildering." To answer the first MPs question: Stephen was talking to Michael Fortier, the organizer-turned-cabinet minister/senator after making the decision he didn't want to run for parliament. Turns out the advice he was passing out was not only in conflict with many views of the CPC but also somewhat undemocratic. Obviously Fortier was the right choice for the cabinet. To respond to the second MP: In the scope of things you don't owe your constituents any explanation, your anonomous quote to a national paper is telling in itself. It is Harper that owes your constituents the real explanation. However, Emerson apparently owes more than just an explanation to his. After facing the firing squad of Vancouver-Kingsway, he'll still need to pay back the $96,755 debt he owes to his riding.

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"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich" ~ JFK

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. " ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. " ~ Benjamin Franklin

"First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. " ~ Kristin Hunter

"When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans." ~ Jean Chretien

"Which is ideology? Which not? You shall know them by their assertion of truth, their contempt for considered reflection, and their fear of debate." ~ John Ralston Saul

"It is undoubtedly easier to believe in absolutes, follow blindly, mouth received wisdom. But that is self-betrayal." ~ John Ralston Saul

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