Apparently, Garth Turner has decided not to contest the nomination in Dufferin-Caledon for Liberal Party candidate in the next federal elaction. Too bad. I was looking forward to seeing Mr. Turner run in the next election and enjoying the controversy that inevitably follows the man.
Mr Turner’s political career has been in a downward spiral since his return to federal politics in 2006 when, as a Conservative, he beat Liberal Gary Carr in the riding of Halton, Ontario. Since then, he has been a Conservative MP, and independent MP, an almost Green Party MP, a Liberal MP and a losing Liberal candidate.
Now we hear that the notorious self-promoter feels miffed that Michael Ignatieff did not see fit to sign off on a nomination meeting in Dufferin-Caledon—a meeting at which Mr. Turner would have been the only candidate and, therefore, assured of victory.
I wonder why he decided to switch ridings in the first place. Did he fear that he would not be able to defeat MP Lisa Raitt? I suppose he must have. But it did seem odd that he’d desert his Halton supporters who stuck with him through his crossing of the floor from Conservative to independent to Liberal. Didn’t he owe them another shot at taking Halton back? Perhaps he thought he’d worn out his welcome there.
In my view, Mr. Turner is little more than an opportunist who wishes to get back into parliament to use an MP-status as a soapbox from which to sell his books and further his own finances. He will not really be missed by other than a few diehard supporters.
Steve Janke over at Angry in the Great White North has been following this story and has some inside stuff on it.
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