Thursday, August 10, 2006

Which Part Of Opposition Don't You Understand?

To MP Wajid Khan,

Dear Sir,

You are a member of the Opposition party. The Liberal party is right now NOT the governing party. As such, your duty as a caucus member is to keep the government on its toes. It's the governing party's responsibility to govern. For that, they need members of their OWN caucus to step up to do the job. If their caucus canNOT do the job, it is your duty to call them on it, and remind voters at election time why the whole party of Conservatives could not find a special adviser on South Asia and the Middle East to the Prime Minister.

Thank you,

Crescent Canuck.

PS. Mr Bill Graham, much as I like you as a person, how could you allow this to happen?

UPDATE: I believe the Conservative party must make efforts to have one of their OWN caucus members approach South Asians and other ethnic minorities to show that they are reaching out to those communities. Hiring an opposition member is no way to move to the centre. Where is Jaffer, Grewal? The Conservatives must also try to examine WHY they cannot get elected in major cities.

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12 comments:

Bud said...

Have you ever thought they maybe, just maybe Mr. Khan did it because he thought he could make a difference? Maybe he thought he could actually be part of the solution instead of sitting in opposition and just complaining about the situation. Is this not why we elect our members of parliament? To make decisions that will best support the ideals of most Canadians? If the tables were turned, the Liberal blogs would be full of praise for an opposition member to put aside their political stripe and do something for the good of the country. Have Liberals become so narrow-minded as to believe that when their views aren't reflected in every policy decision in government, those opposed are somehow completely wrong and their views are not worth bringing up? Maybe a time to reflect from the back benches will make the party a little more tolerant.

JP said...

"Your duty is to keep the government on its toes."

Er, no, his duty is to serve his country and his constituents as best he can.

Christian Conservative said...

Please ensure that your letter to Mr. Khan is also addressed to Mr. Milikin, the Liberal MP who had the nerve to serve as the Speaker of the House of Commons, even though he is not a member of the Government.

It's galling to see members of the Liberal Party of Canada actually seeking to serve the people of this nation, who have elected them to the business of governing this country!

These disgusting non-partisan attempts to benefit all Canadians must stop!

;-)

Crescent Canuck said...

The governing party MUST provide sonmeone from their OWN caucus who can explore the middle east, meet with ALL parties to the disputes and be an expert. They should not be so close minded as to think they cannot ever fulfill this issue. If the conservatives are to move to the center they must find someone from their own party who can be a prominent ethnic minority member.

"Maybe he thought he could actually be part of the solution instead of sitting in opposition and just complaining about the situation."

Sounds awfully close to crossing the floor in my book. I hope he doesn't and he seems to have assured Graham he wouldn't.

If the tables were turned, the Liberal blogs would be full of praise for an opposition member to put aside their political stripe and do something for the good of the country.

This is different from filing a motion such as supporting the vets or the Kelowna agreement (support from all parties except one). This is an opposition member of parliament WORKING for the government.

Er, no, his duty is to serve his country and his constituents as best he can.

Er, no, he was elected as a LIBERAL. His job is to advance the Liberal party policies and reflect the will of his constituents, most of whom are opposed to Harper's disastrous policies, as well as Volpe's foreign policy, and Mr Khan is now working for both of them.

the Liberal MP who had the nerve to serve as the Speaker of the House of Commons, even though he is not a member of the Government

a speaker is a defined position that can be fulfilled by ANY MP. Positions responsible for policy and executive decisions should be from the governing party.

kris said...

He should be withdrawing as a member of the Liberal party while he holds this position. The reasons are all obvious. But, how does he expect his constituents to trust that he won't pull an Emerson next time around? Political suicide.

andrewridgeley said...

Look. Because of whiny bullshit like this the headlines are now 'Liberal Ranks Divided Over MP advising Harper' when, if party members had shut up and thought about this for five minutes, they could've been 'Harper Seeks Help Outside of Unqualified Caucus.' Clinton had a Republican Defense Secretary, this sort of thing isn't unprecedented. Hamilton and Jefferson were both advisors in Washington's cabinet for God's sake. As long as all this internal party whining continues, the Liberal brand will suffer and Harper will be stripped of the windfall from what could've been sold as a political error.

Dennis said...

It interests me that the Liberals are trying to make politcal hay out of one of their MPs working from a non-partisan position. Its patently obvious that that the Liberals do not know what being non-partisan means.

Business as usual in the LPC.

Denis said...

I don't understand all the fuse, I myself am a Liberal, but I don't see our MPs sole job as attacking other MPs from across the floor. Our MPs should do what is best for CANADA, and not what is best for themselves, or their party. If this Liberal MP can help in any way to fix the damage Harper has done, then I wish him the best of luck, it's not an easy job, and likely one that Harper could be setting him up to fail in, but at least he picked his side, and it wasn't Blue, it wasn't Red, but it was Red and White, he is standing up for Canada as best he can, and that is all that matters.

Matt Campbell said...

I think this is a good step for Canada. I'm one of those persons who puts their country's needs first before the party machine. Especially when they're this silly. Besides, now is a better time than ever to have more liberal influence in Ottawa.

"Your duty is to keep the government on its toes."

Er, no, his duty is to serve his country and his constituents as best he can.


(pwned)

Crescent Canuck said...

To all those who say this is above party politics:

- ask yourself if you can be really sure Harper didn't play this so that in case his mid east / Afghan policy backfires he can put the blame back on Wajid Khan and the Liberals? Khan may be above politics but is Harper?

- it is a conflict of interest.

- I would like to see Conservative party members come from ethnic backgrounds.

Denis said...

I have no doubt Harper is setting up the Liberals and this MP, but the question is, will this work? After all Harper was the one who picked him, Harper was the one who couldn't find anyone from his party.

I think most Canadians will see through any plan to put any blame on the Liberals, and at the same time see the Liberals... well most anyways as a party that speaks up for Canada first, and their party second. At least that is the way I see things as of now.

Also if you must make this about parties, then Wajid Khan can get some inside information that otherwise may not have made it to the Liberals.

Demosthenes said...

Has anybody stopped to consider that opposing Harper might just be the best way to serve the country?