Well. I knew there might be surprises in the swearing in of the new Conservative government but I didn't expect this. Former Liberal industry minister David Emerson has defected to the Conservatives for a cabinet post! He's minister for international trade and minister for the Pacific gateway and the Vancouver/Whistler Olympics.
Well, well. I wonder what the Liberals think of this. Emerson does a Belinda!
What a blow to that party today. But it serves them right, really, these Liberals. They were the masters of this sort of practice and now they are getting a taste of their own medicine today with this move. And so are the voters- the ones who approved of this kind of thing when they re-elected Belinda in the last election. If people don't care about it at election time and go re-elect these bandwagon-jumpers, they can't complain about it happening again to them.
Personally, though, I don't know what the heck to make of this. The Harper gang and the Conservatives in general were all high-minded about people crossing the floor and this sort of stuff, saying they ought to resign and so on. I'm not sure I'm happy about the Tories turning their backs on this sort of thing. I mean, this is cynical politics! Politics as usual!!!
In other shocks Diane Ablonczy, James Moore and even Jason Kenney didn't make it into the cabinet, from what I gather. It's Peter MacKay to foreign affairs, Monte to immigration, Lawrence Cannon to transport, Jim Flaherty to finance, Vic Toews to justice, and Tony Clement to health, among others. They are naming Michael Fortier to cabinet even though he has no seat, and what I hear is he's going to be appointed to the Senate. They also are scrapping the Deputy Prime Minister title.
Interesting to say the least.
UPDATE: Holy smokes! You know what this means, folks, with this defection the Conservatives have just handed the balance of power to the NDP. Conservatives 125 plus NDP 29= 154, and if the elected Speaker is a Liberal that gives the NDP the balance of power in a minority parliament instead of the hated separatist Bloc. So power has shifted DRAMATICALLY in the House with this move.