Thursday, July 19, 2007

Just when they got rid of Garth Turner...

...the Tories have a new "maverick", it appears. BC MP John Cummins decided to end whatever faint hopes he ever had of making it to Cabinet by ripping Jim Prentice a new one earlier this week:

OTTAWA–A Vancouver-area Conservative MP has caused a stir by accusing federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice and his provincial counterpart of bribing natives into accepting a controversial provincial treaty.

Tory MP John Cummins (Delta-Richmond East) says Prentice and B.C. Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong are knowingly manipulating the Tsawwassen treaty ratification vote by throwing money at the band.

"They are unfit for office," Cummins told the Toronto Star last
week.


If it wasn't the summer and I had a bit more energy to devote to this thing, I'd probably try and find some of John Cummins quotes to show that he's "unfit for office", but I think the story is enjoyable enough by itself.


In Other News...

-While they didn't find a female candidate for Outremont, at least they found one with a feminine name. Jocelyn Coulon is the candidate who will be trying to fill Jean Lapierre's shoes and it looks like he's a very strong candidate. Expect a good race between the Liberals and NDP for this one.


-And...we're...all...tied...up. 31-31 in the latest Allan Gregg poll. More interesting is the low support for the Afghanistan mission which, one imagines, will be causing Harper some concern, especially in Quebec.


-Oh, and Adam Radwanski's tour around the blogosphere continues - this time he's landed at the Globe & Mail.

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11 Comments:

  • Honestly, this sort of thing makes me respect the Conservative Party all the more, that it consistently has this kind of individual in it. (Not that I was a terribly big fan of Turner, but still.) Harper deserves to be called to task for his inability to live up to the tenets of accountability and transparency which he espoused last election time, and it's good to see this opposition coming from within his own party. It really is too bad that Mr. Cummins can pretty well kiss any future political ambitions goodbye, at least with this government.

    Less rhetorically, it's also good to see Prentice criticized more heavily. I'd had a lot of respect for the man during his shadow cabinet position, but his sweep of DIAND's chief negotiators two months ago positively reeked of patronage, and the failure of pretty much anyone to call Prentice to task for it was disappointing in the extreme. This may not be the same issue, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

    By Blogger Andrew Matthews, at 10:59 PM  

  • Cummins gave up any such hopes a lonnng time ago. He's been criticing Harper on the Gateway Project, Hearn on fisheries, and now Prentice on the Tsawassen Treaty. He supported Belinda vs. Harper and Harper unceremoniously dumped him from his long-held critic portfolio upon assuming the leadership. What's unusual about this time is that I believe he was pretty close with Prentice until now.

    By Blogger Braeden Caley, at 11:43 PM  

  • Jocelyn isn't a feminine name.

    By Blogger WJM, at 12:22 AM  

  • It’s about time! The red Tories need to take their party back from the nuts.

    What’s happened to peter mckay? Was he with harper on the South American tour? Why was King Abdullah of Jordan greeted at the airport by baird, and not mckay?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 4:35 AM  

  • "More interesting is the low support for the Afghanistan mission which, one imagines, will be causing Harper some concern, especially in Quebec."

    Interesting? Pretty much par for the course, isn't it? Francophone Quebec hasn't supported a single military action since confederation. They were massively against the "English" wars against Germany (Geez, Trudeau was a closet Nazi sympathizer!). And of course this led to the truly ironic "Vive le Quebec libre" quote from de Gaul, ironic because few Quebecers lifted a finger to ensure a "France Libre". If winning Quebec requires ditching our responsibilities in the world, frankly, I'd rather not win Quebec.

    By Blogger The Rat, at 11:41 AM  

  • the rat; Afghan support has dipper pretty low in the ROC too.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:19 PM  

  • "Francophone Quebec hasn't supported a single military action since confederation."

    History records the last battle where the French were represent as a race in Canada was a disaster on the Plains of Abraham. As citizens of Canada the Francophones were very much contributors to the Canadian efforts and victories in Europe 2 generations past. Also include the Aboriginal nations' contributions.
    Democracy is the worst political system in the world, except for all the rest

    By Blogger Rufus, at 9:38 PM  

  • try and find some of John Cummins quotes to show that he's "unfit for office"

    It would be interesting to see if you could find some, I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't. Do you know much about him? he's got a lot of respect out there.

    Sucky though, I like Mr. Prentice and I like Mr. Cummins.

    By Blogger Technetium, at 12:55 PM  

  • jimtan said: "It’s about time! The red Tories need to take their party back from the nuts."

    John Cummins is hardly a red Tory, in fact he's more likely to be the "nut" in this case. He has been a consistent opponent of treaty rights for aboriginals, to the point of being almost a single-issue candidate. Basically he's the mouthpiece of the commercial fishery in B.C. I realize it's tempting to fall into "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" game, but people should look at exactly who they're getting into bed with first.

    By Blogger bobdole, at 10:34 PM  

  • bobdole says

    "Basically he's the mouthpiece of the commercial fishery in B.C."

    Hmmm! It seems that he’s also against the expansion of Deltaport. IMO, this fellow is trying to represent his constituency. That’s an improvement over the ideological hatred of the harperites.

    I assure you that I don’t intend to get into bed with the Tories. But, I could respect a Tory like Cummins. Yes, the CPC needs to get rid of the harperites.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 2:32 AM  

  • This can't have effect in actual fact, that is exactly what I consider.

    By Anonymous www.pontevedra-3d.com, at 10:09 AM  

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