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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

3/31/2004

Democracy takes sooooo much time

Martin will be in Vancouver on Thursday where he will announce the political appointments, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday. The Liberal candidates are: business leader David Emerson, forest union president David Haggard, B.C. Liberal Party president Bill Cunningham and Dosanjh.
canadian press
Each of these British Columbians would make an excellent MP and could walk into Cabinet untouched by scandal. They will also be entirely untouched by the legitimacy that winning a nomination in a given constituency confers. They will be Martin's people. Period.

I know it is remarkably naive to think personal power bases worthwhile; but at some point an MP or a Cabinet Minister may have to tell the Prime Minister to drop dead. If that person has no independent constituency base their capacity to confront the PM or the PMO is radically circumscribed. Another bit of independence gone. Pity.