Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Since we all know Chuck Cadman never made a difference...

Garth Turner's much anticipated news conference today contained the salacious bombshell that...wait for it...backbench MPs don't have much power in Ottawa! WOW! I must say it was quite courageous of Garth to take up the plight of the independent MP after he became an independent MP. It reminds me of how he valiantly criticized Harper's Cabinet appointments after Garth was left out of Cabinet himself.

Some people are saying that Garth's press conference today was the biggest letdown since Phantom Menace. Bollocks! I had never understood the unavailing life of the independent MPs before Garth's press conference today and I'm glad he's provided me with these useful insights. I look forward to Garth's weekly news conferences, sure to contain the following explosive bombshells:

-Politicians break their promises

-Politicians, on occasion, vote against their conscience for political reasons

-Nomination meetings are sometimes stacked with instant members

-Stephen Harper is antisocial

-The coffee in the parliamentary cafeteria is never fresh

UPDATE: The Western Standard has a pretty funny Garth speech generator up.


  • Garth Turner is a publicity hound, always has been. If he doesn't want to dance with the ones that brung him, whats a Prime Minister to do with a front-stabber like Garth?
    And only fool would give up the chance to work from within for the benefit of his constituents. He remids me of 'Lone Wolf" McQuaid of Hollywood fame. At least he had principles and the courage of his convictions. Garth is an empty vessel.

    By Blogger MAW, at 8:57 AM  

  • Personally, I've always been a fan of the coffee in the Centre Block Cafeteria...

    Hazelnut. Yummy.

    By Blogger Darrell, at 10:44 AM  

  • There's an old joke about NDP, Liberal, and Conservatives.

    NDP walk around in a circle patting each other in the back,

    Liberals walk around in a circle trying to get to the front,

    Conservatives walk around in a circle stabbing each other in the back.

    Garth is an example of that joke.


    By Blogger lance, at 10:59 AM  

  • here's a thought.... how bout the media NOT get duped by this idiot and fall into his trap?

    We wouldn't even be talking about this if the Globe, Star, CTV and CBC hadn't hyped up his major press conference.

    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 11:17 AM  

  • I watched - I laughed, I cried, I realized there's a reason why most independents have no real power. Gross ineptitude.

    By Blogger Glen, at 11:40 AM  

  • The Cat likes swimming against the tide, so here goes: What if Garth's new website,, turns out to be a factual, hard hitting, independent site which tracks promises made and promises kept, for all politicians?

    Would not voters benefit from this?

    If so, should we not help his site get off the ground and flourish?

    By Blogger CuriosityCat, at 12:51 PM  

  • CG,

    You imply that Turner's criticism of Harper's cabinet after Turner was left out was hypocritical and opportunistic. Perhaps. But how exactly was Turner supposed to criticise cabinet appointments before he even knew what they were?

    Similarly, is it not simply logical that an MP would care more about independent MPs once s/he actually is one?

    Would it be surprising for a person to take a greater interest in the environment after they were appointed as environment minister? Is it more likely that the media would take more interest in what this person had to say about the environment after they became environment minister?

    I don't care too much about Turner one way or the other, and it doesn't seem like he had much of interest to say at his press conference; but pointing out that he's not a team-player seems just about as uninteresting. And suggesting that all of someone's statements now should be consistent with all of their statements in the future, regardless of consequences is a pretty difficult standard to maintain.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 2:52 PM  

  • Maybe Turner has spoken about empowering backbenchers and independents before - if he has then he's staying significant.

    I just get the sense that Garth Turner is usually about Garth Turner. Had he made Cabinet, I doubt he would have cared if Emerson and Fortier made it in. If he was still in the Tory caucus, I doubt he'd give a rats ass about Andre Arthur,

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 4:29 PM  

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