A while ago, at the time of the Canadian general election (remember that? Anyone?), I blogged about a slimeball politician by the name of David Emerson. As I wrote at the time:
"Our local member of parliament (MP) is one David Emerson. This scumbag ran as a Liberal in the last election, which was set to be a tight race. He won, with 44% of the vote. The NDP took second place, with 34%, and the Conservatives finished third, with less than 20% of the local vote. However, the Conservatives won the most seats nationwide, and therefore won the election.Well, he's back. The Provincial government (currently the BC Liberal party, whose connection (or lack thereof) to the federal Liberal party I don't really understand), just gave him what the "neutral" CBC is calling a "plum Crown position" as "CEO and board chair of the BC Transmission Corporation, a Crown corporation that works with BC Hydro to supply electricity across the province".
Just a few days later, Emerson switched parties and took up a cushy cabinet position in the new Conservative government.
The largely working class and/or immigrant local community, who traditionally hate the Conservatives, were outraged. There are still signs all over the area saying "de-elect David Emerson". But he was completely unrepentant. He's not standing as an MP anywhere in the country this time around, but is deluded enough to think that he would have won in this riding if he'd been on the ballot sheet. (Fat chance, mate). He's also saying that he was never a Liberal. I'd have more (i.e. some) respect for him if he said that he had changed his mind based on Liberal policies X, Y and Z. But he somehow thinks it's better to admit that he was a liar from the start."
Fortunately the BC Liberals are increasingly unpopular, and a Provincial election is coming next year. I wasn't around the last time the BC NDP were in power, but I understand they were booted out of office a few years ago for making some very high profile mistakes regarding some expensive but useless ferries, among other things. I hope they've been forgiven... and I know I keep saying this, but I really hope I'm able to vote by then.
*my original three insults were rejected due to the fact that these words represent things that are actually useful.