Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Two Newfoundland MPs Condemn Martin

Last night the Conservatives put forth a blatantly partisan motion which attempted to censure the Prime Minister for his handling of the offshore energy debacle. The motion was easily defeated with the help of the Bloc Quebcois. However, in a surprising turn of events two Liberal MPs from Newfoundland voted in favour of censure.

Newfoundland is represented by five Liberals, but only backbenchers Bill Matthews and Scott Simms backed the opposition motion to condemn their own government. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's motion also called for Prime Minister Martin to abide by election promises to allow Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to keep 100 per cent of their offshore oil revenues.

The sad fact is that this represents yet another attempt by Mr. Harper to create a scandal in order to gain momentum for a possible election in the near future. Should Newfoundland's energy revenue be discounted in their equalization payments they would become the third most affluent province overnight. For a tiny island which has lived off the generosity of the other provinces for much of its history to expect this is incredibly selfish. For Mr. Harper to suggest they are entitled to expect it is a sign of a desperate politician with no morals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would the Newfies really be the third wealthiest province? Maybe it isn't right then. Any intervention in oil just makes me mad after what Trudeau did to Alberta.

2:16 p.m.  
Blogger Caurus said...

What's wrong with these baffoons? Are they in really vulnerable seats?

4:13 p.m.  
Blogger Gracchi said...

Simms won by 2,200 votes, Matthews won by 3,500 votes. They're not the tightest ridings in Newfoundland (the two St. Johns ridings are) but they were very close.

4:32 p.m.  
Blogger Nylon said...

Doesn't make sense if the other MPs are in tighter races. What's wrong with these two?

Moreover, what the hell is wrong with Harper? Seriously, he's getting completely out of control.

4:59 p.m.  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

I must admit, those Newfies do seem pretty ungrateful. We support them for fifty years, now this nonsense? What the hell.

9:54 p.m.  

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