Thursday, March 22, 2007

Another Liberal Gone

You'd think that the Liberals would be trying to keep everyone they can in their party (they already lost Wajid Khan, David Emerson, and someone else to journalism). But yesterday, they kicked someone out: Joe Comuzzi, MP for Thunder Bay—Superior North. The reason he was ousted, you may ask? Because he said he will vote for the Conservative budget.

Briefly, I will just explain why he will support this budget. It contains money for a cancer research centre in his riding, and he says he cannot vote against that (I can't really blame him).

But why Stéphane Dion would actually kick him out over that is another story. The Liberal Party caucus chair actually advised Dion not to throw him out, and Mr. Bonin (caucus chair) actually learned about this through a reporter.

I actually thought that the Liberal Party would be more democratic than this; there is money for his riding, why shouldn't he support this?

But in the end, this is going to be the Liberal's loss. As of now, they have lost three MPs since the last election. And this only goes to show how Stéphane Dion is not the great man that he and his party want him to be.

3 comments:

Scott Tribe said...

This is kinda rich coming from a supporter of a party that kicked out an MP for refusing to toe their party line on Same-Sex Marriage, dont you think?

All parties do it on fundamental important issues. If one of the Tories MP's voted against the Budget for example, they'd be turfed from their party 5 mins after doing so.

You might also want to check out Garth Turner's MPtv - he interviewed Libby Davies, and she basically agreed that a Budget is a fundamental piece of legislation, and that if an MP voted for or against it contrary to the Party's wishes, consequences should be expected.

So.. I think you're a bit off-base with this attack.

Northern BC Dipper said...

This is kinda rich coming from a supporter of a party that kicked out an MP for refusing to toe their party line on Same-Sex Marriage, dont you think?

Uh Scott, you are wrong. Bev Desjarlais was not kicked out of the NDP for her vote on Same-Sex marriage; she only had her critic responsbilities removed.

As NDP incumbents are not protected from contested nomination meetings, somebody challenged her, she lost, and she left the NDP on her own accord.

So you are a bit off base.

Scott Tribe said...

I stand corrected, but Libby Davies still agreed that anything like a budget where an MO votes against the consensus of the party had consequences... and there has been no public condemnation of it from ND ranks... so I think this is post is just an example of the NDP grassroots trying to take a shot at Dion and the Liberals, when its not warranted.