MP Glenn Thibeault’s defection leaves the NDP feeling ‘hurt’
Sudbury MP’s decision to join provincial Liberals leaves former party searching for answers
By Rosemary Barton, CBC News Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET
9 Wildrose MLAs, including Danielle Smith, cross to Alberta Tories
Progressive Conservative members say they’re willing to look beyond past grievances
CBC News Posted: Dec 17, 2014 11:09 AM MT Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 9:36 AM MT
I think that ex=NDP Thibeault crossing the floor to the Liberals was typical political expediency, although the fact that he was caucus chair gives one pause….was he some sort of plant, originally? A conclusion that could make sense…while everyone is clutching their bosom at this ‘appalling’ turn of events, let’s not forget that Mulcair once switched parties, too….
Still, what happened in Alberta is hardly the same thing..to say that there is no ‘opposition’ left in Alberta is to say that the so-called Wild Rose Party was anything like an opposition, more like Right and Rightier…they are all joining forces because the dirty oil writing is on the wall..the Cons will bomb out in Alberta long-term, because the oil sands are now so unprofitable, and will be for the foreseeable future..It will now cost more to produce their dirty bitumen than it’s worth on the market, with all the new reserves being in competition, world-wide. Already, there are layoffs looming in the energy sector, and certainly more to come… Prentice probably has one more election left in him, and then, once the unemployed start getting restless, things will probably change…but even rightwing Wild Rose whackjobs recognize that their employment as career politicians might be threatened by appearing even more tea-party than their counterparts…
The one big positive I can see from all this is that a decrease in tar sands extraction will be an improvement for the environment… and all those newly unemployed workers will be screaming for the jobs all those foreign workers are getting now..the best-laid plans, eh, Emperor Steve?