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Monday, April 03, 2006

A story that hasn't been told

Way back on March 14, I put up two posts concerning Kevin Chalmers, the Liberal organizer with the "grassroots" campaign to de-elect David Emerson, the member of parliament (and Paul Martin cabinet minister) elected as a Liberal, who then crossed the floor to join the Conservatives and sit in cabinet.

Old news, I know.

But the posts were about bigger issues.  One was concerning the fact that Chalmers was not even a resident of Emerson's riding.  The other was about the raising of money to fund this de-election campaign without any accountability. We have strict rules about how much money a person can donate to elect an MP, and where it may come from. This is to avoid having money corrupt the process (I'm not necessarily agreeing with the rules, but that is their stated purpose). Doesn't it make sense to worry about who might be trying to turf an MP as well, especially if they cast themselves as a "local" group?

These are important points, in my opinion. But I haven't seen them discussed by any of the main stream media columnists. I'm bringing it up again now because today on CTV's Question Period, the Liberal strategist made a snarky remark in reference to a discussion about the Federal Accountability Act, refering to the Emerson appointment as if it was unethical -- which of course it wasn't. I've always thought it was entirely ethical, and I certainly didn't need the Ethics Commissioner to tell me so, but for what it's worth, he agreed completely.

So Emerson and the government are in the clear, but no one is asking the hard questions of Chalmers -- Where is the money coming from? How do you justify meddling in the affairs of someone else's riding? Why are you doing this?

Why are you doing this? I'd like to have that one answered. Call me a cynic, but a Liberal fighting so hard for accountability and ethics? I have to believe he's working to achieve a different goal. And not just to embarass David Emerson and Stephen Harper. Something for the Liberals, or something for himself.

Parliament opens this week, and if the media tries to squeeze more mileage out of the Emerson appointment in the days and weeks to come, I'm hoping a member of the media takes the trouble to dig around on the other side. I think there's a story there.

Posted by Steve Janke on April 3, 2006 | Permalink

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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

So Stevie. Tell us what you think of Danny Williams, a Newfoundlander, telling Alberta PCs that they ought to support Ralphie. I mean, isn't he just meddling in the affairs of another province? Just because Fort Mac is Newfoundland's largest employer does not give him the right to try to influence who should lead a foreign province, right?

Or maybe I'm wrong. Maybe ... just maybe ... it is actually incredibly common in Canada for people from outside a particular riding / province / region to express active support or opposition for politicians in other places. If that's the case, then your tirade is silly, at best.

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-04-03 9:11:21 AM


Behind every passion waits a payday! Duke McGoo 2006

Posted by: Duke | 2006-04-03 9:32:58 AM


Mark.
Maybe... just maybe... Danny Williams was INVITED to speak at the convention?
Maybe you _are_ wrong.

Posted by: Another Sean | 2006-04-03 12:59:26 PM


Steve, you don't live in the riding, either, so what's your interest? Why are you meddling?

Your question, "Why?" has been asked and answered (and by me, a few times) already. What's it gonna take for you to realize that Emerson's constituents want the MP they elected in the same party they elected him?

And just because you -- and Shapiro -- think there was nothing unethical done doesn't mean much -- it just means that the definition of "ethical" needs to be re-done.

Posted by: Chimera | 2006-04-03 1:13:29 PM


Sean,

You fell into my trap! MWAHAHAHAHA!!!

"Maybe... just maybe... Danny Williams was INVITED to speak at the convention?"

Then by that logic, so long as any outsider is *invited* by those who are in the affected jurisdiction to speak, their voice is legitimate.

Therefore, so long as constituents of Emmerson support Chalmers, he is an *invited* party to the dispute.

I'll buy that.

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-04-03 2:32:49 PM


Chimera,

No fair asking Stevie to be consistent! He wants what he wants and will say what he thinks might support it, and consistency be damned!

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-04-03 2:34:16 PM


Even the Libs are fed up -and embarassed- by Chalmers. A prominent lib blog described Chalmers as a media hound.

I've heard so much about ALL the support within the riding and how hundreds of residents put up lawn signs. I drive though that area frequently and as recently as last night have not seem A SINGLE sign.

Horny Toad

Posted by: Horny Toad | 2006-04-03 6:35:29 PM


Even the Libs are fed up -and embarassed- by Chalmers. A prominent lib blog described Chalmers as a media hound.

I've heard so much about ALL the support within the riding and how hundreds of residents put up lawn signs. I drive though that area frequently and as recently as last night have not seem A SINGLE sign.

Horny Toad

Posted by: Horny Toad | 2006-04-03 8:32:37 PM


Mark Logan: I actually hadn't considered it quite that way, but now that you mention it...

I probably need more caffiene in my system if I need someone else to point out the obvious! LOL!

Posted by: Chimera | 2006-04-04 1:48:57 PM



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