Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Emerson! Recalling David Emerson!

It seems that Vancouver-Kingsway turncoat MP David Emerson is unhappy with the reaction that was caused by his turning his back on his constituents and embracing a party for which they had not voted.

Aaaawwwwww...poor baby...*pat pat*

He says he's unhappy that his kids are suffering because of his perfidy. Well, shit, son -- who brought it on? Bet he wasn't too unhappy when his kids were the toast of the school, and being voted "most popular" because daddy was an important man with the government, hm?

Wanting to have his cake and eat it, too, he is.

Well, his constituents now want to become former constituents, and they've drafted a recall petition to that effect:

To: Government Of Canada

We the undersigned believe that David Emerson elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Kingsway should be immediately recalled and a by election held so that the people of Vancouver Kingsway and in general all Canadians can be represented by the party and candidate of their choice.

David Emerson should immediately resign his current position in the Conservative Party and his cabinet position of Minister of International Trade. The people of Canada and in Particular the people of Vancouver Kingsway deserve proper democratic rights.

Sincerely,

(The Undersigned)

And, not to put too fine a point on things, but I wonder how Kanman Wong feels right now? You know -- the CPC candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway? The one who actually ran for election as the CPC candidate?

11 Comments:

Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Good post, and as a few around the web are saying, why can't he still be a Liberal, but be a government minister if Harper wants it that way. Do you have any idea how good that would look to Canadians. It would make the appearance that Harper was hiring on merit rather than voting strategy...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 5:40:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Thank you -- and I've been wondering that, myself. Harper is, in fact, looking for merit; why else poach the one he considers to be the best from the opposition? And even though there are lots of people trashing him from hell to breakfast, Emerson is apparently very knowledgeable and experienced regarding softwood lumber.

Having Emerson sit in a Tory cabinet as a Liberal cabinet minister would be...weird. But doable. The PM can appoint anyone he wants to cabinet, and they do not even have to be elected. Lots of people are going to think of Fortier, but I'm thinking of Zacchiardelli (did I spell that right?) -- the RCMP commissioner who was appointed by Chretien.

The only constraint on having an opposition member in the cabinet would be that he could not be a member of the caucus. And that is easily handled with briefings by his deputy minister.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 8:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a petition for Michal Fortier to resign until he runs in a by-election for a seat in the House.

Sign the Petition for Fortier to resign and run in a by-election

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 8:39:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Thanks anonymous. I'll leave your link in case someone wants to sign it. But as I said, there is no requirement for a cabinet member to actually be elected to a seat. Harper didn't even have to put him in the Senate, really. The only thing that comes with being elected is a caucus membership...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 9:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There may be no legal recourse here because he was elected consistent with his campaign but there may be other legal alternatives.

One could start a David Emerson blog so that everyone is constantly reminded about what kind of man he is. He needs to be reminded every day about this.

People could parade in front of his house with a sign demanding he call a by-election. This would keep it in the public eye. The press would love it. Anyone for camping out?

Put pressure on him and his immediate family. If his kids complain enough he will do the right thing for them. Everyone has a vulnerable spot.

The people now have the power of the Internet.

Any other ideas?

Fed-Up

Friday, February 10, 2006 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Seek and ye shall find:

http://www.recalldavidemerson.com/

Friday, February 10, 2006 3:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with Emerson that an ounze of lead would not fix.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

And that comment is precisely why I prefer that my commenters identify themselves.

Do you realize that you can be tracked?

Sunday, February 12, 2006 8:36:00 AM  
Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Somebody has a great post on how lame the Liberals softwood deal was and why Emerson was instrumental in squashing it, I'll see if I can find it...

Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Dazz -- yes, please!

Thursday, February 16, 2006 9:39:00 AM  
Anonymous CuriosityKilledTheCat said...

Emerson – Harper: How to strike a blow for democracy ...

Or: how to make sure your vote counts!

So far, voters have been powerless to force Emerson to resign and run in a byelection. But hope is around the corner.

I quote below from an posting in thetyee.ca a story about a Vancouver lawyer who believes a case can be made in court that the Charter rights of voters in Vancouver Kingsway were breached when Emerson and Harper unilaterally decided to ignore the votes cast by 82% of voters in that riding, and simply agree to Emerson becoming a New Tory when the voters expected him to be a Liberal.

What can we do? Spread the word – have bloggers unite to find funding and support for a legal gladiator, fighting such downright political cynicism.

Let’s de-elect Emerson using our Charter rights!

The article follows:

Suit against Emerson Explored

Emerson: 'Crossing' the Constitution?
Lawyer says floor crossing violates rights of citizens.
By Marco Procaccini
Published: February 23, 2006

TheTyee.ca
[Editor's note: This is a revised version of a story published earlier today on The Tyee. Changes have been made to reflect that lawyer Peter Dimitrov claims not to be actively "organizing" a class-action lawsuit against David Emerson. And that, as yet, no voters have volunteered to be plaintiffs in any suit against Emerson.]
A Vancouver lawyer is inviting plaintiffs to approach him if they want to pursue a lawsuit against incumbent federal MP David Emerson.
Peter Dimitrov, a human rights and trial lawyer, says the decision by Emerson, a former Liberal cabinet minister, to cross the floor and join the Conservative cabinet just after January's federal election, violates the rights of citizens.
In writings he has posted on another Internet site and shared via email with this reporter, Dimitrov has said "With respect to the matters in Vancouver-Kingsway, it is a fact that 82 percent of the constituents did not vote for the Conservative party. It is also a fact that the ballot upon which voters cast their votes stipulated both David Emerson's name and his Liberal Party affiliation.
"Emerson campaigned as a Liberal, put up lawn signs announcing his Liberal Party affiliation, attacked his Conservative party opponent in the riding, and based on his personal qualifications and Liberal party affiliation, the citizens of Vancouver-Kingsway elected him. Then, a few days later, well before parliament is called in session - David Emerson 'crossed' over to become a Conservative party cabinet minister," Dimitrov said.
Sees Constitutional issue
Dimitrov said the matter points to a long-standing conflict between the rights of elected politicians to change party affiliation and those of citizens to hold them accountable. "This matter of citizen and parliamentarian rights ought to be adjudicated in the courts - that is where it belongs," he said.

"In the United Kingdom, where parliament is supreme, "tradition' gives parliamentarians the right, indeed the privilege, to switch sides as they please without any restrictions whatsoever. Parliamentarians in Canada seem to think that they can do exactly the same," he says. "The reality is, however, that in Canada, since the 1982 patriation of the constitution with a new Charter of Rights and Freedoms - 'parliament is not supreme'. The constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any common or statutory law, tradition, privilege, entitlement, or judicial ruling inconsistent with the Canadian Constitution can be overturned by a court of competent jurisdiction."
"Personally, I am willing, with others, to advance this matter in the courts," said Dimitrov in comments posted at the Vive le Canada website and forwarded about the same time via email to this reporter. "What I require are electorate from Vancouver-Kingsway willing to step forward as plaintiffs. What is required is a team of very able persons who will carry out specific job responsibilities with high integrity and competency, with no expectation of 'reward' for themselves. What are also required, are monies to do the job properly."
In the Vive le Canada posting, Dimitrov goes on to say "I can be contacted via this site by email. My law office number is 604-684-4446. Who else will stand with me?"
Recall petitions
Emerson, first elected in the 2004 election, was the Minister of Industry in the former Liberal minority government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. He campaigned feverishly for the Liberals in the last federal campaign and spent a great amount of his public appearances strongly criticizing the Conservatives on almost all of their policies.
Less than two weeks after the election on January 23, he announced he was leaving the Liberals, now in opposition, to join the new Conservative minority government as the new Minister of International Trade.
The move has released an explosion of protest and rebellion among Vancouver-Kingsway constituents from across the political spectrum demanding Emerson resign his seat. Several recall petitions are being circulated, and both NDP candidate Ian Waddell, who narrowly lost to Emerson and party leader Jack Layton have appealed to Emerson to stand for a by-election to run as a Conservative-a call shared by several Conservative MPs across the country.
"It's getting ridiculous," said Waddell, adding that the riding has never elected a Conservative representative, and it would be very unlikely that Emerson would have won on the Conservative ticket. "Politics in this country is sadly lacking in integrity. Somehow, we have got to bring better accountability into the system. People have to start being what they say they are."
The NDP federal caucus is planning to submit a bill proposal that, if passed, would severely limit the ability of elected MPs to change party affiliation. Numerous MPs from all parties have endorsed the idea.
But despite four major public rallies and a recent poll estimating that almost 90 percent of Vancouver-Kingsway residents want him to step down, Emerson has refused to quit, claiming he was asked by several Conservative MPs, including former Powell River rep John Reynolds to join their party.
"I felt I could better serve my riding as a member of a governing caucus than in opposition," Emerson told reporters after he joined the Conservatives. "The riding would be better represented by a cabinet minister than just another MP."
Prime Minister Steven Harper welcomed Emerson's move and has dismissed the protests and the poll.
"I have welcomed David Emerson to our caucus and I think he will be a great asset to my team," Harper said in a press conference. "He has proven that he is a competent and intelligent man. We should just move on."
Citizens' rights 'nullified'
Dimitrov, who ran for the leadership of the BC NDP in 2003, notes there is no federal recall legislation. BC is currently the only electoral jurisdiction that has such legislation, which was unsuccessfully introduced by the previous NDP government in 1995.
He says this is why legal action is necessary, since a charter interpretation will likely settle the matter.
"Based on my understanding of section three of the charter, and the publicly available evidence respecting the context and timing of the 'crossing,'" he says, "it is my opinion that the post-election actions of David Emerson, and perhaps the prime minister as well, nullified the rights of the citizens of Vancouver-Kingsway to play a meaningful role in the election of their elected representative, and it further denied them the right to "effective representation" by the party of their choice (Liberal) and their party-affiliated representative."
Vancouver journalist Marco Procaccini is an occasional contributor to The Tyee and writes for The Columbia Journal.

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