I'd like to thank Susan Delacourt and Paul Wells for pointing out the obvious stance I've taken. Two writers I have a lot of time for.
For about a week - maybe even two - Liberals danced on the heads of the Conservatives, taking great joy in a scandal involving an inept Foreign Affairs Minister and his biker-associated ex-girlfriend and the international media frenzy that ensued.
To be sure, the whole demeanor of the Conservative caucus changed. They weren't the normally arrogant PRs they have been these past 2.5 years. They were a little more contrite. EMBARRASSED EVEN.
For Liberals it was a week of glory. The Conservative and NDP blogs were fairly silent. Email after email arrived on my Blackberry urging me to continue my pounding of the Conservatives. Go Jim Go! Go Jim Go! The cheers were deafening.
What a difference one week can make. Now it's me...and those hundreds of frustrated grassroots Liberals that are EMBARRASSED BY OUR OWN PARTY. EMBARRASSED AND FRUSTRATED. FRUSTRATED AND EMBARRASSED.
Naturally, I don't pretend to speak for the masses. I'm sure that the thousands of card-carrying members that don't have immigrant parents or, perhaps, aren't immigrants themselves are okay with 11 of our MPs showing up to vote for an NDP amendment on the immigration bill that would have toppled this stale, rotten, scandalous Conservative government.
But for those card-carrying Liberals that have immigrant parents and relatives or are immigrants themselves, I am certain I speak for most of them.
My question is how these MPs never found their way into the House of Commons to vote on this motion (just out of principle):
Ruby Dhalla - Parents from India
Navdeep Bains - Parents from India
Omar Alghabra - Saudi Arabia
Pablo Rodriguez - Argentina
Mario Silva - Portugal
Maruizio Bevelacqua - Italy
Joe Volpe - Italy
Sukh Dhaliwal - India
Ujjal Dosangh - India
Hedy Fry - Trinidad and Tobago
Albina Guarnieri - Italy
Raymond Chan - Hong Kong
Maria Minna - Italy
Massimo Pacetti - Parents from Italy
Lui Temelkovski - Macedonia
Sue Barnes - Malta
John Cannis - Greece
Stephane Dion - Mother born in France (he voted)
Raymonde Falco - France
Jim Karygianis - Greece
Gurbax Malhi - India
Keith Martin - London, UK
Yasmin Ratansi - Tansania
Belinda Stronach - Father is an Immigrant Austrian (she may have a valid reason)
Andrew Telegdi - Hungary (he voted)
Oh boy. What a mess. I have removed some items from my sidebar as I feel more embarrassed than most.