Vancouver-Kingsway Demands Emerson Returns Campaign Contributions

Posted on Wednesday, February 08 at 11:03 by BC Mary
His outburst came after the riding association that helped elect Emerson in Vancouver-Kingsway last month told him it wants him to repay $96,755. "This amount came from donations to the Liberal Party and were intended to elect a Liberal," Ivan Curman, president of the riding association, said in a letter to Emerson. "You would not have received those funds from the Liberal riding association if you ran as a Conservative," said Curman. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on February 9, 2006]


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  1. Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:11 pm
    Emerson has been so astute as to turn himself into a political pariah. He should pay the money back and run in a by-election. His credibility as a cabinet minister is shot to hell before he even begins the job.

    Harper has been quick to taint his mandate.

    Robert Billyard

  2. by avatar Darna
    Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:05 pm
    Sorry Emerson, but you should have thought of the consequences before making such a huge leap across the floor. What, you thought no one would notice, or care? You're a politician for god's sake.. wake up and smell the reality. It may be a free country, relatively, but actions bring consequences. If you're such a concerned person, pay up and do what's right.

    "Wow! Brazil is big." —George W. Bush, after being shown a map of Brazil by Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Nov. 6, 2005

  3. Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:43 pm
    This is truly a farce. Nice to see too. When Belinda crossed over - after genuine political differences with Anus Lips - the Neocons called her a whore. What does that make Emerson?

  4. Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:38 pm
    Claire Wolfe of the usa has it right-
    "It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."
    These issues are NOT localised within the boarders of any one country.

    Im my opinion the electorate in their ongoing ignorace and wilful ignorance must shoulder the responsibility of voting for the continuation of as system of governence favouring self-interest.

    Nothing in this World makes People so Afraid as the Influence of an Independant Minded Individual.
    Attrib. Al Einstien

  5. Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:59 am
    Right. And those of us who are a little less ignorant have a duty to help break the chains of society. "The biggest bulwark of the capitalist system is the ignorance of its victims."

    "The more you read and learn, the less your adversary will know." --Sun Tzu

  6. Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:55 am
    Did Emerson think his quick turn around would go unnoticed? He gives the appearance of one who can't take loosing and has no dedication to his team. Don't do the crime...if you can't do the time. His kids are his responsibility and in todays society will take the brunt over dads deception. At this point neather team will trust him fully and hopefully neither will the voters. Who will he run for in the next election?

  7. Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:48 am
    His kids are crying....


  8. Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:04 pm
    right, because 12 and 14 year old kids at school are so up-to-date with what's going on in Canadian politics right? What a load of cra&. Does he think people will feel sorry for him because his poor kids are crying? Get real. Makes me think of the Peter McKay stunt of playing with his dog in his dad's garden after the break-up.

  9. Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:02 am
    NDP requests inquiry into Emerson floor crossing
    Fri 10 Feb 2006 | Printer friendly

    February 10, 2005

    Mr. Bernard Shapiro
    Ethics Commissioner
    Government of Canada
    Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

    Dear Sir,

    Please consider this to be my formal request that your office conduct an inquiry into the conduct of the Member from Calgary Southwest, Mr. Stephen Harper, under Section 8 of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons in inducing the Member from Vancouver-Kingsway, Mr. David Emerson, to cross the floor and join the Conservative cabinet.

    Section 8 of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons states:

    8. When performing parliamentary duties and functions, a Member shall not act in any way to further his or her private interests or those of a member of the Member's family, or to improperly further another person's private interests.

    On page eight of your decision on the Grewal-Dosanjh inquiry published on January 25th of this year you wrote:

    "… if Mr. Dosanjh had offered a reward or inducement to Mr. Grewal for crossing the floor at this time, he would have been acting and/or attempting to act in such a way as to improperly further Mr. Grewal’s private interests. Either of these would amount to an extremely serious breach of the Members’ Code.”

    It is our opinion that the considerable increase in salary, augmented potential pension, staff and assorted perks enjoyed by members of the Cabinet such as a personal car and driver amount to furthering Mr. Emerson’s private interests over what he would have received as an opposition MP. Therefore, in our opinion, Mr. Harper may be in breach of Section 8 of the Conflict of Interest Code and I would ask that you investigate this matter.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)
    New Democratic Party of Canada

    Nothing in this World makes People so Afraid as the Influence of an Independant Minded Individual.
    Attrib. Al Einstien

  10. Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:35 am
    Well I will be emailing Peter Julian and thanking him for that.

    That small army of NDPers in Parliament remind me of ants. They're quiet, social, and seem firm in their convictions to do what is right for building a solid home of their own which of course includes Canada. Good for them.

    "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:28 pm
    Mr. Dosanjh crossed the floor as well, from provincal NDP to Federal LIB.

  12. Sat Feb 11, 2006 7:10 pm
    and the conjecture is it was his payoff for stabbing Glen Clarke in the back and perhaps bought some silence re: the grow op on his rental property.

    i know a guy that knows a guy,(ya know what I mean? wink wink nudge nudge)that was approach to be a "sharecropper" this *guy* was told find a Sihk landlard and we will do the rest.
    BC Mary is right to question Virk and co re the raid on the BC legislature
    Wayne Coady has the right idea , as far as it goes and Catherine Whelan did her best to getelected .
    It is We, the electtorate that must awaken to the political system.The elected will do what they do as long as we "take it"

    Nothing in this World makes People so Afraid as the Influence of an Independant Minded Individual.
    Attrib. Al Einstien

  13. by Deacon
    Sat Feb 11, 2006 7:54 pm
    True, but Ujal was at least elected as a Fed Liberal and didn't campaign under the Fed NDP banner then swap flags almost instantaneously after being voted in.

    Big difference.

  14. Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:50 am
    Crossing as quick as a wink,
    He sealed their sweet union in ink.
    "Oh no," moaned the caucus,
    "They're starting to mock us,
    Our prize is beginning to stink."

    Should we cut off the Member from Van
    Who, elected, defected his clan?
    "Come hither," wooed Harper.
    We thought they'd be sharper
    Than to step up in front of the fan.

    On the Hill he's joined those close to Jesus,
    On the street, though, the outrage increases.
    It's for how he defected
    He'll be vivisected
    Where Tories are seen as diseases.

    David Emerson hasn't a clue
    When it comes to the right thing to do.
    Pulling a Stronach
    Makes him look moronic.
    The Tories end up black and blue.

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