Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seeing The Writing On The Wall: Pro-Life Politicians Leaving CPC

Stephen Taylor has a theory re CPC MP resignations:
But I am beginning to think there's another explanation:

CTV reports that Conservative MP Merv Tweed (Brandon-Souris) will resign his seat at the end of the month. Campaign Life Coalition rates Tweed pro-life and according to the votes they track, has a 100% pro-life and pro-family voting record.

Toews and Vellacott also wear the pro-life label; Lee Richardson may be more difficult to pin down.  At least Campaign Life was unable to.  But in any case this is how the abortion debate ends.  The people who want to make it don't stop.  They just leave politics.


double nickel said...

Tweed just got a job running a railroad. Omnitrax wants to ship bitumen through the Port of Churchill. What could possibly go wrong ?

The Mound of Sound said...

I'm curious about Tweed's resignation. He served as chairman of the Commons Transportation Committee. I'd like to know if he had anything to do with the Canadian Transportation Agency's decision to grant MM&A Railway an exemption from the two-engineer rule prior to the Lac Megantic catastrophe? It's also curious that he's already been announced as the new president of Omnitrax Canada, a railroad that's planning on moving bitumen through the north. The guy was a small businessman in Brandon before spending the last 18-years in provincial and federal politics. What in hell does he know about running a railroad?

Reality Bites said...

Couldn't be as simple as

1. Pension is locked in

2. Realization he's never getting anywhere near cabinet

double nickel said...

Merv was a car salesman in Medora, a town of about 300 people southwest of Brandon. The rail line on question is built primarily on muskeg. The stretch between Thompson and Churchill is one of the most unstable in the country.The port of Churchill is only operational 3-4 months per year, due to pack ice. This is one of the dumbest ideas i'e ever heard.