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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Garth Turner, 12 months later

A year ago, I wrote about Garth Turner for what I said would be the last time:

I think the best approach to Turner is the one proposed by Dr. Richard Ferber. As anyone who watched the movie Meet the Fockers knows, Ferberizing a baby means putting it to bed and not giving it any attention when it whines. Ferber's theory -- espoused by the tough CIA grandfather played by Robert DeNiro in the movie -- is that responding to a crying baby encourages it to cry more.

I realize that I'm now breaking the Ferber rule, but I just can't resist linking to what Steve Janke noticed -- that Turner is at it again, freestyling in the media, contradicting his Liberal leaders just as he contradicted his Tory leaders. When Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff were trying to downplay their bellicose talk of an election, Turner stepped in to stoke the fires:

"I still believe that we are going to have an election in the next few weeks."

I wonder how long Turner will last before he's thrown out of the Liberal caucus, too? It's harder to enforce discipline in an opposition party than in a government, and Dion surely doesn't want to lose any more MPs from his count. But I'm willing to bet that Turner will be turfed before the next election, either by fellow Liberal MPs frustrated by his indiscretions with caucus confidentiality, or by Dion, eager for a test case to show a new toughness. I'm betting Turner will enter the next election as an independent, and that he'll come in third in his riding. Anyone have other predictions?

Posted by Ezra Levant on October 24, 2007 | Permalink


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Third??? He'll even come in behind the Greenies!

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-24 2:10:08 PM

I bet he'll jump before he's pushed, quit politics, revel in victimhood status on his Truther-dominated blog, and go back to shilling for the TREB on the local news.

Either that, or next leader Bob Rae will do the politically astute thing, and turf his ass on Day 1.

Posted by: Neil Flagg | 2007-10-24 2:18:28 PM

Someone ought to mail him a membership application to the green party, so he does not have to make a mad-dash-scramble to find an alternative party.

Or, he can join the marijuana party....

Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-24 2:18:40 PM

He's been at the marijuana party for some time now. :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-24 2:30:03 PM

Garth Turner is a loose cannon.
He likes his place at the troff and his constituents seem to like him in his seat.

Garth is not a team player so shouldn't be on the roster of any team.

That said, I like him just fine on the Liberal roster.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-24 2:41:37 PM

The sooner he gets tossed, the better, and no other party will ever take him in. The guy is such a self-important crybaby.

Posted by: Werner Patels (THE SPADE) | 2007-10-24 3:40:03 PM

If what you say turns out to be so, I will miss Garth in the same way a circus would miss the entertainment of it's best clown.

Posted by: John | 2007-10-24 3:56:38 PM

As a constituent of his, I'd miss Turner like a bad case of jaundice.

Posted by: Paul M | 2007-10-24 4:29:30 PM

I'm not sure what to predict, other than that he'll somehow land on his head.

I just can't wait!

Posted by: John Howieson | 2007-10-24 4:38:00 PM

Geez, didn't the Garther have an interest in the Green Party and Lizzie May at one point when he was out trolling for takers?

At this point he may have to form his own party, Me Myself and I, if he really wishes to belong.

Posted by: LizJ | 2007-10-24 4:57:24 PM

Can you imagine how Garth feels? He thought for sure he was going to have his arse sitting in the sugar bowl for the rest of his days by crossing over to the liberals. What political opportunist wouldn't? The money flowing like a river of milk and honey, and the liberals spouting off they were the natural governing party of Canada.

Harper is doing this country proud, making us all proud to say we are Canadians. This is the first time I can remember anyone not putting a hypen in front of the Canadian when speaking of who they are. I love it!

Posted by: Honey Pot | 2007-10-24 5:22:43 PM

Garth Turner has a compulsion to bite the hand that feeds him.
Being a rank opportunist, as he is, this is a terminally bad habit.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-24 5:37:17 PM

That's why his mom and he are on the outs, Speller. :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-24 5:48:51 PM

Right, Honey Pot, Harper is doing us proud, all without the help of Garth.

Biggest problem is with the MSM acting like it's the end of the world as they know it because the Liberals are not in power. It's all about the sorry state of their beloved Liberals, when they'll be ready for and election, who will be the best leader to beat Harper and on and on it goes ad nauseum.

The condescending, crass, arrogant Liberals have the gall to say they'll take the Conservatives down if they feel they're not doing what's best for Canadians! Only they know of course what's best AND exactly what Canadians want, ditto the Dippers.

Posted by: LizJ | 2007-10-24 6:28:57 PM

Yo Ez,

The Garther. Belinda. Brison. Three narcissist loose cannons who not only are no longer dragging down the Conservative Party, but are actually afflicting the Liberals! Talk about a win-win situation.

Posted by: Mr. Happy | 2007-10-24 7:46:32 PM

You remember that drunken voice inside your head that seductively whispered, "Sure it looks like a really long way... from the roof to the swimming pool... but you know can do it."

Well... that's Garth Turner.


Posted by: neo | 2007-10-25 8:20:51 AM

Who or what is financing Turner -media never ask Turner tough questions about his source of funds
which must be substantial and well beyond his income level as an MP -Brison and Turner should consider a partnership -Brison was a professional salesman at
the age of about sixteen - comes from a family of
merchants. Both will probably be rejected in a Federal Election. Macleod

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-10-25 8:41:13 AM

"Brison and Turner should consider a partnership"

But I thought Brison just cemented a new partnership recently? Surely he's not thinking of jumping ship - again? :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-25 8:47:01 AM

Brison got married -I suppose one could consider that a "partnership" Frank Magazine Ottawa did a nasty piece on Brison the Bridegroom recently -I wonder of flabby Martin kissed the Bride? -just asking. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-10-25 8:52:40 AM

Geez, Jack MacLeod, How could befuddled Martin determine which was the bride? That would be a legitimate case for him to dither on.

The people of Kings-Hants seem to love their little Scotty, vote him in no matter what banner he's flying.

As for Turner, he's in the party of no convictions worth standing for, he is no better, they proved that by sitting on their asses and allowing the Conservative government to do all the things they say they're against. How can they criticize anything?

Now they're down to the bottom of the barrel, dredging up mediocre crap, petty politics at it's moronic best.

Posted by: LizJ | 2007-10-25 2:06:06 PM

Nova Scotia Liberals urged Brison to seek the Nova Scotia Provincial Leadership, he declined preferring
to remain faithful to Citoyen Dion, and his Bride -but Frank Ottawa reports a third party on the scene
which could cause a matrimonial rift. A top notch Conservative candidate could ruin Brison's life in the next Federal Election. Nova Scotia is about to get a Socialist Horde government as Rodney the Fiddler plays his last reel, with no encores. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-10-25 2:37:34 PM

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Posted by: Speller | 24-Oct-07 2:41:37 PM

Very good!

"The Garther. Belinda. Brison. Three narcissist loose cannons who not only are no longer dragging down the Conservative Party, but are actually afflicting the Liberals! Talk about a win-win situation.

Posted by: Mr. Happy | 24-Oct-07 7:46:32 PM"

I couldn't agree more.

"Who or what is financing Turner -media never ask Turner tough questions about his source of funds
which must be substantial and well beyond his income level as an MP . Macleod"

He has/had numerous business ventures, including several commercial interests up here in Caledon. He began his conquest of our attention with the Toronto Sun as business editor, where he specialized in asking his readers to join him in a protest of this or that, but then disappearing when people responded and asked for his help. In my case I figured later that it was just his way of grabbing headlines to promote himself.

He was our Conservative MP at the time I started with Reform here. I'll never forget the deer-in-the-headlights look when he came to our main meeting and saw the numbers.

If you want a good idea of the man check out garth.ca.It starts like this:

HOME PAGE: www.garth.ca.

Garth Turner, Member of Parliament for Halton, Ontario
and Canada's Digital Democracy Leader

Watch MPtv for Garth Turner's Video Webcast Reports from Ottawa.


Watch Garth Turner's daily MPtv webcast reports, direct from Ottawa or Halton.

Garth welcomes your feedback, support, criticism or suggestions at any time: [email protected]

----Nary a mention of the Liberal Party. It's about G-a-r-t-h, natch?

Posted by: Larry | 2007-10-26 9:35:37 PM

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