Monday, March 06, 2006

Emerson Not At B.C.’s Service

Commentary from the Georgia Straight:

The end justifies the means: that’s the “new” ethics of the Stephen Harper government, and David Emerson’s defection fits the mould perfectly. The only excuse that Harper can come up with is that former Canfor Corp. CEO Emerson will be “good for B.C.”. Never mind the continued anger over Emerson’s disdainful response and Harper’s arrogance: just what is the evidence that Emerson will be good for B.C.?

(...)

Dogwood’s Horter thinks companies like Canfor, and CEOs like Emerson, aren’t that unhappy with the U.S. tariffs. The tariffs and duties—which the big companies can absorb and still make a profit—set up a situation in which they can swallow up the smaller ones for whom the duties really are devastating. This is exactly what has happened.

Anyone out there still think Emerson's crossing of the floor at a gallop was a good idea?

2 Comments:

Blogger PR said...

"...just what is the evidence that Emerson will be good for B.C.?"

Does this really need to be answered? Is it better for Vancouver to have a member in the cabinet or not? The answer seems self-evident to me. Then again, I'm not blessed with the same intellect as the Straight's editorial board.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 7:25:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Did you read past the end of the first paragraph? He has a history and habit of acting without consultation, and to hell with any democratic process:

"He ended up cochairing a secretive parallel process involving just industry executives and government officials. They did an end run around Hoberg’s recommendations and the new Forest Revitalization Act became law with no consultations whatsoever."

Emerson does not represent the entire city of Vancouver. He represent one riding -- Vancouver-Kingsway. The ballots in that riding already had a CPC name to vote for, in case the voters wanted to go Tory. They did not. They voted for a Liberal! The Tory came in a distance third!

The voters of Vancouver-Kingsway spoke to the Georgia Straight. Emerson refused to do so. Emerson does not like it when the people he is supposed to be working for actually want him to work for them, instead of for himself! Hence the Recall petition -- on which there are more than twenty thousand signatures. The voters seem to think they should be allowed to decide for themselves who they want as their MP -- and Emerson, by betraying them -- showed that he is unfit for the job.

Together, Harper and Emerson proved to the entire country that voting does not matter in Canada. Your vote can be negated with a snap of the PM's fingers, calling to heel the dog of his choice.

Clearer now?

Friday, March 10, 2006 7:55:00 AM  

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