In this country, there's a supposed to be a strict division of responsibilities between the provincial and federal governments. But it seems that scandal knows no bounds. To wit, provincial New Democrat MLAs David Chudnovsky, Adrian Dix and Gregor Roberston are hosting a public smackdown "for members of the community to share their views" on federal Liberal posterboy David Emerson's decision to defect to the Tories. The following is a copy of the email announcing that event, which was distributed to party members.
Dear New Democrat:
After running on a platform of ethics and accountability in government, Stephen Harper has shocked and outraged supporters and opponents alike over his decision to appoint Liberal defector David Emerson to sit in his Conservative Cabinet.
Jack Layton stated the NDP's position on February 6: "We believe that any MP who crosses the floor should return to their riding and face a by-election. Clearly, Mr. Emerson has taken that decision and if Mr. Harper intends to keep his commitment to make government more accountable, that suggests an appropriate course of action."
As public cries for Emerson's resignation grow, Vancouver-Kingsway-area MLAs David Chudnovsky, Gregor Robertson and Adrian Dix will host a public meeting for members of the community to share their views on Saturday, February 11.
WHERE: Sir Charles Tupper School
419 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver
WHEN: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 11
Please forward this message and attached poster widely then come out and join the growing chorus of people who think their vote should count for something. Vancouver-Kingsway deserves better!