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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:35 am    Post subject: Joe Comuzzi to join Tories Reply with quote

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Former Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal MP Joe Comuzzi has agreed to join the Conservative Party of Canada, The Chronicle-Journal has learned.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Thunder Bay on Tuesday to make the formal announcement at the Prince Arthur Hotel, according to a reliable source.


http://www.chroniclejournal.co.....p?id=50347
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That name sounds familiar. What has he been up to this past year?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting... I saw the story on the CTV newsnet with a rather startling picture of Comuzzi...

I'm not a big fan of floor crossing although I acknowledge it's importance to our system of government. In a case like this, it appears Comuzzi is at odds with a couple of major Liberal policy positions.

Will Comuzzi be an asset? Time will tell. He's been in parliament since 1988 so he knows the ropes...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you suppose Garth will call for him to step down and run in a byelection?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwlafayette wrote:
Do you suppose Garth will call for him to step down and run in a byelection?

Bwhahaha!! If Garth thought it would get him another 5 seconds of air-time, that's exactly what he would be saying!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe that we all thought that he was going to come home to the conservative party after the budget, anyways.

Finally some good news.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess we'll see tomorrow if Joe is actually going to join the Conservative party but if he did then this would definitely be good news for the Conservatives.
A couple reasons for this are:
1) Wealth of experience - Former cabinet minister and first elected in 1988
2) From Northern Ontario - An area where the Conservatives need to improve
3) Represents the Centre-Right of the political spectrum which is the area that the conservatives need to secure
4) Even if he doesn't run again he is still a very popular MP with alot of influence and would help the Conservative candidates in the area
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I say the more the marrier! It's great that he is finally coming over to the right side! Too bad he isn't running for re-election...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwlafayette wrote:
That name sounds familiar. What has he been up to this past year?


Not much, apparently.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thinks this is just more proof that the Liberals have taken their agenda way too far left, and have discredited them as a centerist party.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What will happen the first time he votes his concius and votes against a government bill.

Can thes guys just abstain from voting. Would Bill Casey still be a Conservative today if he had just abstained.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrsocko wrote:
What will happen the first time he votes his concius and votes against a government bill.

Can thes guys just abstain from voting. Would Bill Casey still be a Conservative today if he had just abstained.


You can generally abstain from most bills, depending on the number of "lines" on the whip.

Budgets are three-line whipped... every MP must attend and vote for the legislation.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephen wrote:
mrsocko wrote:
What will happen the first time he votes his concius and votes against a government bill.

Can thes guys just abstain from voting. Would Bill Casey still be a Conservative today if he had just abstained.


You can generally abstain from most bills, depending on the number of "lines" on the whip.

Budgets are three-line whipped... every MP must attend and vote for the legislation.


Well, an MP could develop a sudden, violent case of stomach flu right when the bells began to ring, or accidentally get on the wrong little green bus so that he or she doesn't make it into the Chamber before the doors close. But if the Whip suspected that said MP was trying to get out of voting on the budget, there would almost certainly be fairly severe consequences. Jay Hill is not to be messed with.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He is 200 year old, and not seeking re-election during the next federal election.

While its nice that with him joining us and once again giving us the opportunity (with the aide of André Arthur) to pass legislation with the aide of the NDP (as unlikely as that may seem) its hard to get excited about a cross such as this.

While its nice to have one more politician with a wealth of experience within the party, if he does not plan to seek re-election the whole "Floor cross" issue simply stains us as hypocrites to the general public because this is no different then the Garth Turner situation we all stomped our feet over.
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