Friday, January 5, 2007

Liberal Floor-Crossing

I know I said I'd wait 'til Monday to post, but this is something that needs to be posted!

Breaking news on this story.Click here to view it

Last week, there was a very interesting story that a Liberal MP, Wajid Khan (Mississauga Streetsville), would cross the floor to the Conservative benches. As for as I know, the story first originated (on the internet) on Stephen Taylor's blog, who is a Tory. The following is what he wrote:

BREAKING NEWS -- Khan crosses floor -- EXCLUSIVE

I am now reporting that Wajid Khan will join the Conservative ranks tomorrow as a backbench MP. Doing so protects Khan from cynicism of the press and opposition of making such a political move for career advancement, or for monetary considerations. Khan joins the Tories without taking a position in either cabinet or as a Parliamentary secretary.

This move has been a long time coming and I expected to report on this just after the Liberal leadership convention as such a move would have been wise political strategy to deflate the post-convention bounce in the polls that benefitted the Liberal party.

Khan is expected to make a formal announcement tomorrow and will likely describe that he is switching parties because of the "values" that the Prime Minister represents.

Published January 4th, 2007

Stéphane Dion, of course, had to say something about this. It was reported by the CBC that Dion said Khan is a "committed Liberal". He also said that, "in politics you hear many things and to me, Mr. Khan is a colleague. He will be part of the caucus; he will work in a positive way."

But it is interesting to think about the possibility of this happening. What would the reasons be? Taylor says that he was not offered a post as a minister or even as a parliamentary secretary (if this were true, the move would have happened before or at the cabinet shuffle last week). In the polls, the Liberals are currently higher than the Conservatives, too, and many (if not most) political pundits and junkies think that Harper won't win the next election. The reasoning of this possibility is quite interesting.

Breaking News

Jan. 5, 2007: 9:37 AM CST
I guess Stephen Taylor was right (who knows how he knew about it). Mr Khan, Liberal MP for Mississauga Streetsville, has crossed the floor to the Conservatives. Now, the Conservatives have 125 MPs, meaning that they only need 29 MPs to support them to pass something, or the other way around, too. Guess who has 29 MPs. The NDP. Depending on how this is handled by both parties, this is one of those things that will go either very good or very bad for the NDP. I'm quite surprised that Mr. Khan would actually do this. This is the third floor crossing in a few years (Belinda Stronach, David Emerson, and now Wajid Khan). I wonder if he'll get elected next election? But it is possible; the reason nobody thinks Emerson could win again is because he crossed right after the election. But it worked for Stronach when she went to the Liberals when they were in power.

One more update …

While it is quite short, I couldn't help but put this small quote by Bill Doskoch on the CTV Politics blog.

However, if this story is correct, we're not talking about someone who bled Liberal red his whole life before leaving the party. So I'm left wondering if Khan's defection says anything wider about blue Liberals.

Published January 6, 2007. To read the rest of the article, please click here.


leftdog said...

Good post.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I wonder how many more Blue Liberals there are?