It looks like the Conservatives will continue with the hypocracy that started the day of the swearing in of the new government. According to a CBC new article, which can be found here, David Emerson has no intention of stepping down and running in a bi-election. To quote him directly,
“No, I’m not going to quit.”
“We’ve got at least three, perhaps more, members of Parliament who have crossed the floor or opted to sit as an Independent. Frankly, my circumstances are not any different than those. As, and when, Parliament changes the rules to apply to all members of Parliament, I will abide by those rules,” he said after getting off a flight at the Vancouver airport.
This is what we have to look forward to for the next couple of years. No matter what the Conservative Party has said in the past is wrong, and shouldn’t be done, they will do it themselves, simply because they can. Never mind that they campaigned on a platform of government reform and cleaning up government corruption and immorality. Now that they are elected, they have shown that they are no different than the Liberals that they are replacing.
They say this is different, because he didn’t cross the floor to prop up a government looking at a possible non-confidence vote, with the promise of a nice Cabinet portfolio. I disagree completely with this. This is exactly the same. Emerson was enticed to cross the floor, with the promise of a nice Cabinet portfolio to help prop up the government. The only difference is that Stephen Harper didn’t wait until the vote was imminent before starting the enticement game.
I’ll give Prime Minister Harper credit where credit is due. He is certainly no procrastinator. It only took him a few days to make people think he has no parliamentary ethics at all, and that he’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to power, now that he has it. Gee, why am I having a feeling of deja vu all over again?
Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister. You’ve proven to everyone that a businessman from the West can be just as shady and underhanded a leader as lawyers from Quebec have been. I can’t wait to see what he does next to make people wish they had voted for the Liberals or the New Democratic Party.