Garth Turner did not just fall off the turnip truck. He has been around political circles for a very long time. Many of the fortunes of the federal Conservative party of today can be traced to the hard work of Garth Turner of the Halton riding in Ontario. Garth Turner has held high profile positions, exhibiting credence of the respect that he has garnered from peers and Canadians alike.
During the past two years in opposition, Garth Turner was a stalwart proponent of proposed legislation within the Conservative party with respect to the traitorous cross floor walking of members of parliament for personal gain. Supposedly, Mr. Turner was in concert with his Conservative caucus. Apparently not. Many of the prominent caucus members, including the new prime minister are now ready to drop him like a hot rock, simply because he dared to speak out against the David Emerson affair. Floor walking was a topic for discussion last year some say, but is no longer a concern.
When one looks at the fact that the Conservatives could only muster eighteen percent of the vote in Vancouver Kingsway, and then through some secret dealings, be able to take control of the riding, it should be a concern, and a very big one at that. My hat is off to Garth Turner. I hope that others within his ranks will display the necessary intestinal fortitude to speak out against the antics of a bunch of spineless creatures, who are willing to sacrifice the constitution of Canada, to advance their own hidden agenda.
Garth Turner, through his dedication to the electorate is prepared to be the sacrificial lamb. He is not prepared to compromise. He knows his days as a member of the Conservative caucus under Mr. Harper are numbered. As Mr. Turner stated on the weekend, he expects to be assigned a new office in some renovated washroom in the basement of the parliament buildings.
It is a long arduous journey from the bottom to the top in life. Unfortunately, through the whims and desires of others bent on personal greed, a life time of dedication and hard work can translate very quickly into a plunge from the penthouse to the outhouse.