Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Defeated MPs Garth Turner and Wajid Khan could not be reached for comment

Liberal MPs looking to defect, Tories say

To summarize, Tories are spreading rumours that make the Liberals look bad. And this is news. Good grief.

Even better, the Star story focuses on speculation about Ruby Dhalla crossing the floor even though:

a) Ruby Dhalla has said she's not considering crossing the floor
b) The anonymous Tories in the article are quoted as saying Dhalla isn't among the MPs thinking about crossing the floor

I don't think it's any secret Ruby Dhalla would like to one day lead the Liberal Party. Presumably, crossing over to the Tories would hurt her chances of becoming Liberal leader. So I'm not really sure how this sort of aimless speculation actually passes for news.


  • I've posted a list of anyone I think could possibly even think about defecting on my blog. There are a dozen of them.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 6:12 p.m.  

  • I've been hearing that a trio of Libloggers are planning to defect to the Blogging Tories.

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 6:47 p.m.  

  • You know a new day has dawned when the Star has published inaccuracies in a story about the Liberal Party.

    By Blogger Paul, at 7:19 p.m.  

  • Headline:

    Words of Anonymous Conservatives found to be Defective. (film at 11:00)

    We don't need an Unecessary election, we are not playing Games here!- Stephen Joseph Harper.

    Mr. Harper 'We don't Need an
    Unnecessary PM telling us Lies.

    I am Not Anonymous. Look me up!

    By Blogger Kim Leaman, at 7:53 p.m.  

  • Who wrote the article?

    Susan Delacourt.

    Should anyone be surprised that it's based on speculation and not properly sourced.

    By Anonymous Drake, at 9:02 p.m.  

  • Didn't Don Martin say the same thing last week?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:30 a.m.  

  • Actually Anon, now that you mention it - he does repeat that today in an article in the Calgary Herald, at least he mentions two Liberals who've mentioned possible defection to him.

    By Anonymous drake, at 8:52 a.m.  

  • If it's anyone, it will be 1 or more of these 6

    Gurbax Singh Malhi
    Joe Volpe
    Paul Szabo
    Albina Guarnieri
    Jim Karygiannis
    John Cannis

    By Blogger Unknown, at 8:55 a.m.  

  • Wow, nixtuff, those six would be GREAT subtractions for the Liberals! Volpe, Guarnieri, and Karygiannis have been around since '88, and Cannis and Szabo since '93. Malhi? Who? They have accomplished NOTHING, and they were nothings when elected. They are seat-warmers holding the best jobs they have ever had or would ever likely to get. They are all 'organizers', and symbolize all that is wrong and old and stale about the Liberal Party. They are living advertisements for term limits!

    Iggy should be ENCOURAGING them to cross/retire/whatever, just LEAVE, please!! If he wants to really indicate a renewal of the party, he should indicate that he will not sign the nomination papers in the next election for anyone who has been in parliament for more than 15 years.

    Draconian? Crazy? Maybe. But a bad idea? I don't think so. And for loosing all that experience? Hey, anyone could have a heart attach tomorrow, and the world goes on. No one in the Liberal benches (make that the whole Parliament) is indespensible - never has been, never will be.

    Whew, now that I've got that off my chest, I return you to your regular programming...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 a.m.  

  • What's this that CTV's Power Play was reporting that the Libs made Dhalla recite an oath of allegiance to the LPC (and to the republic for which it stands, one might presume) before caucus today?

    If she were to decide to leave, would she have to give back the secret handshake?

    By Blogger Paul, at 8:15 p.m.  

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