Can Win Despite Backlash, Emerson Says
Date: Tuesday, February 28 2006
Topic: Canadian Politics
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Globe and Mail Update
Controversial International Trade Minister David Emerson said Monday he thinks he could still win an election as a Conservative despite the continuing furor over his decision to switch teams just weeks after January's election.
I actually do think I could probably win an election as a Conservative, Mr. Emerson said, appearing on CTV Newsnet. The whole issue of whether a by-election or part of the next general election, of course, is a point of some debate.
Mr. Harper said he tapped Mr. Emerson because he wanted to strengthen regional representation in his cabinet. Despite gains in many regions of the country, the Conservatives failed to win any seats in Canada's three largest cities Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on March 1, 2006]