Monday, June 11, 2007

Not A Budget Vote?

Well this is interesting two faced Peter Mackay of the Humpty Dumpty Conservatives is now saying last weeks vote was not a whipped budget vote. So explain why Bill Casey was turfed out of caucus, well he can't.

Furthermore he puts to lie Jim Flaherty's comments yesterday in the Chronicle Herald where he said no side deals were being hatched with Nova Scotia.

Hansard, Friday, June 8, 2007

The Budget

Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Cape Breton—Canso, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, since the Minister of Foreign Affairs has conveniently forgotten his inconvenient words of a couple of weeks ago, allow me the opportunity to remind the House. He said:

We will not throw a member out of caucus for voting his conscience. There will be no whipping, flipping, hiring or firing on budget votes....

Is this 180 degree flip more an example of the lack of influence that the minister has at the cabinet table or did he actually think that his former caucus colleague would surrender his principles, as the minister did?

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member has been here for awhile he should know that was not in fact the budget vote. The budget vote will take place next week.

However, with respect to that particular comment, I had hoped and fully expected that the hon. member would continue to work with other members of the Atlantic caucus and with the Minister of Finance to see that we follow through in finishing this discussion with the Province of Nova Scotia, with our premier, direct discussions which I continued yesterday.

The member opposite may be chirping from the cheap seats but, unlike him, we are actually getting the job done for Nova Scotia.

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