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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

On rats and ratting, redux

Photo of Nycole TurmelLast week I wrote about how the NDP’s deputy leader, Outremont MP Thomas Mulcair, considered joining the Conservative Party of Canada. At that time, I reminded readers that  the practice of changing political parties is referred to in the United Kingdom as “ratting”.

Since then, news has broken that 68-year-old Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel, the interim leader of the official opposition—Her Majesty's loyal opposition—was a long-time member of two separatists (a.k.a sovereigntist) political parties, the Bloc Québécois and the provincial Québec solidaire. So, apparently, Ms. Turmel can be added to the list of “rats” occupying the ranks of the New Democratic Party of Canada.

Until January 19, Ms. Turmel was a card-carrying member of the Bloc Québécois and resigned with the following exclamation (copy of her resignation letter, here):

“Enclosed is my Bloc Québécois membership card, which I wish to cancel. I wish to state that my request has nothing to do with the party’s policies, I am doing this for personal reasons.”

Her resignation, she said, “has nothing to do with the party’s policies… .” Shocking! Just what sort of person is this? And perhaps even more astonishing is the revelation she continued her membership with the sovereigntist Québec Solidaire right up to this week, when she said she’ll “not renew her membership.”

Wow, talk about divided loyalties. This woman is a master rat.

“I am a federalist,” the rookie MP insisted when interviewed on Tuesday by Rosemary Barton of CBC’s Power & Politics. “I want to reassure people about my allegiance to the NDP, my allegiance to Canadians… .”

So, Nycole Turmel was a member of the federal Bloc Québécois and the provincial Québec solidaire and made financial contributions to, at least, one of them, small donations though they may have been. She also admitted earlier that she wrote letters to Ottawa newspapers in 2006 and 2007 supporting progressive policies of those parties. But she’s a federalist?

I am reminded that American trade union leader, Emil Mazey, famously said when accusing a person of being a communist, “when I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.” Using Mazey’s inductive reasoning, I’d have to conclude Nycole Turmel is a separatist/sovereigntist despite her protestations to the contrary.

It seems that on May 2, while we may have lost most of the Bloc separatist in the House of Commons, we very well might have gained as many separatists in the NDP—and now we have the “wolves” dressed as sheep.

 

 

© Russell G. Campbell, 2011.
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