Recall David Emerson
A letter written to The Province
I find the editorial supporting David Emerson's defection to the Conservative Party offensive. This is not something that "makes sense for BC" or is just a case of crying in your beer. David Emerson has flagrantly disregarded the system of democracy in this country and should not be in Parliament! He should be recalled, even if there is no existing process in place to do that; what he did was without precedence. There were only 8,600 out of 46,000 votes for the Conservative Party in the Vancouver Kingsway riding. The Conservatives came in 3rd place. A whopping 82% of voters voted against the Conservatives. This is not insignificant. There is a fundamental difference between quitting the party as the political scene morphs, months or years after an election, and doing it immediately following an election. To do so right after an election is deceit. He obviously had hidden sympathies for his opponents during the election but chose to hide that from his constituents. This should be illegal.
Emerson's policy of supporting the BC highway Gateway project by changing parties is reckless. This project does not have support in Vancouver. It is irresponsible to pave more and increase car dependency and traffic congestion in our era of Global Climate Change. It shows the desperation of this policy that it is reliant on such anti-democratic maneuvers.
Please campaign to remove this power-hungry liar from office. If he remains, there is no point in voting as accountability is a joke.
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