Thursday, November 18, 2004

Parrish Kicked out of the Party

Maverick Liberal MP Carolyn Parrish has been dismissed from the caucus by Prime Minister Paul Martin. Mrs Parrish has long been a problem for Mr. Martin, constantly ignoring his edicts and refusing to adhere to this requests. While some may point to her insubordination as the reason for her expulsion, a deeper examination reveals the reason for her hostility towards the party to be divergent beliefs on the role of the party -- particularily in reference to our nation's relationship with the United States.

There has been discussion about Mrs. Parrish being kicked out of the caucus since an appearance on CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes this weekend. Parrish was shown stomping on a George Bush action figure, a continuation of her long standing dislike of our southern neighbours. Since early 2003 Parrish has often spoken out against our southern neighbours and has constantly been rebuked by her party for it. Following the incident she was interviewed by the CP and expressed her disdain for Martin's leadership saying she had "absolutely no loyalty to this team. None." Mrs. Parrish's comments to the CP were certainly the last straw but they simply provided the Prime Minister the opportunity to do something he had been wanting to do for some time.

Before the last election, Mrs. Parrish was forced to survive a nomination challenge with only minimal support from the party. Martin has already chased Sheila Copps, Brian Tobin and John Manley out of the party, securing his conservative hold over the once left wing party. In years past the entire Liberal caucus would have spoken out against the Bush government, but because of the Prime Minister's policy of appeasement, Mrs. Parrish has become a part of the fringe minority. She is a unique kind of politician - one who actually speaks her mind without fear. The fact that her opinion is shared by the majority of Canadians did not seem to phase Mr. Martin. Neither did the fact that Americans are not shy about voicing their opinion of foreign leaders, most notably in recent memory during the Spanish elections and the Venezuela recall effort. The Bush administration has often bordered on outright hostility in their relationship with Canada, placing an illegal tariff on Canadian lumber, closing the border to Alberta beef and even refusing to make an official visit during their first term. Previous Liberal governments would not have taken such abuse silently and yet our current Prime Minister gladly suffers the indignities of the Bush administration in the name of 'better relations'.

In the end, Mr. Martin was simply waiting for an excuse to expel a popular four-term member of parliament from the party to tighten his iron grip on a once proud institution. Once provided, the Prime Minister jumped at the opportunity:

Martin told reporters that while he has defended the controversial MP's right to speak in the past, he "cannot, as leader of our party and the government caucus, tolerate behaviour that demeans and disrespects others."
Mrs. Parrish represents the Mississauga-Erindale constituency in the suburbs of Toronto. She won re-election to a fourth term in June with 55% of the vote.


Blogger Tiff said...

Okay this is going to seem completely pshyo BUT just hear me out! Okay. I have a weblog (Mind Diversion) and I have gotten together (along with another girl that writes on my site - Jessica) and with other bloggers at other sites and we are playing a little game called The Apprentice. We are getting down to the wire and our challenge now is to get people to come to your blog and leave a comment on your post that says "Greetings from {insert where you live here}" or "Hello from {insert where you live here}". You don't have to give details. You can leave it as just the country you are from, etc. The only thing is you only need to do it once and you will do it on two different post. One is done by me (Tiff) and the title is "Greetings From..." and one from Jessica whose title starts with "Hello..." I know this may seem psycho but check it out and you will see it is pretty normal. Okay you may be thinking...well how did she find me? Well I am just "blog hopping" and I am ONLY leaving this message at peoples site that I believe seem cool enough not to do anything stupid or start spamming me! Thank you for your consideration in advance! ;)


3:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that above comment is thrilling.

I wonder what Parrish will do at this point. Obviously she's not going to come over to the Conservatives, but the NDP is a viable possibility. Could she try to run again as an independent? Or is this the end of her political career?

4:19 p.m.  
Blogger Caurus said...

Parrish dared him to do it though, she practically asked for it.

8:35 p.m.  
Blogger Marina974 said...

But she shouldn't have gotten in trouble for making such comments in the first place. The whole reason she 'dared' him is that she was getting in trouble for speaking her mind. In year's past, the entire party would have been unified in their hatred of the shrub.

8:53 p.m.  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

This is just more proof that the Liberal party is completely corrupt and incompetent. Both Parrish and Martin come out of this looking like fools.

12:16 a.m.  

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