The former Liberal multiculturalism critic Ruby Dhalla, about whom the Toronto Star uncovered allegations of mistreatment by two caregivers who worked for the Dhalla family, has sparked speculation about her defecting to the conservatives. Sounds very unlikely to me that Ms. Dhalla, Liberal MP for Brampton-Springdale, would find a home in the CPC, but we know about politics making strange bedfellows.
Apparently, rumours have her defecting to the Conservatives because her own party has refused to back her private member’s bill to increase old-age benefits to immigrant seniors. Add to that the way her fellow Liberal MP’s quickly deserted her when she had her problems earlier this year.
A Conservative source suggested Ms. Dhalla was circulating the defection rumours to send a message to her own party about its rejection of her private member’s bill.
The Toronto Star has reported that as many as three Liberal MPs have indicated interest in crossing the floor to the Tory side in the past month. Apparently, Liberals immediately dismissed the talk as Conservative mischief, saying it is the government that is on a raiding mission. If there’s anything to the rumour, speculation is that Ms. Dhalla is not likely to be among the three defectors. So that puts the number of disgruntled Grit MPs at four.
While the defection of three or four Liberal MPs would not get the Tories into majority territory, it would be another blow to Michael Ignatieff, who just lost his Quebec lieutenant, Denis Coderre, in a tug-of-war over which candidate should run in the high-profile Montreal riding of Outremont.
Return to Main page »
© 2009 Russell G. Campbell
All rights reserved.