In criticizing Lisa Raitt and the way she was thrust onto our riding by the back room boys in Ottawa, the question remains of who true Conservatives in Halton ought to vote for.
Before we answer that, we'd like to make it clear who not to vote for. Clearly we don't want Garth Turner as our member of parliament. When Garth Turner was ejected from the caucus, we stood by him. We thought he took a principled position and we thought he was brave to stand as an independent -- the pure MP, beholden to no party.
Then, unexpected and inexplicably, Garth Turner joined the Liberal Party. Since then, he has become a parody. His fawning professions of loyalty for Stephane Dion inspire a mixture of laughter and revulsion. His behaviour in this election, highlighted by the farcical appearance on CPAC, showed us the worst in how an MP can behave.
Garth Turner posted out letter, but he edited out our criticism of him in the second paragraph. We don't appreciate our words being censored, but we have come to expect this sort of thing from our former colleague.
So we are recommending that Conservative voters in Halton, and for that matter, all voters in Halton, reject both the fake and the farce.
Two of us are sitting on our hands. As for me, I know Robert Wagner. I like Robert Wagner. I think a lot of angry Conservatives and embarrassed Liberals could do worse than vote for the NDP in Halton.