The latest Globe and Mail piece, "Emerson called a traitor by constituents" demonstrates a simple argument:
Hundreds of people angry at David Emerson's defection from the Liberals to Conservatives chanted "traitor" at a protest rally.
They packed a high school auditorium Saturday in the Vancouver-Kingsway riding to vent their anger and frustration, saying their votes in the Jan. 23 federal election had been rendered meaningless after Mr. Emerson crossed the floor to accept a position in the Conservative cabinet two weeks later...
Vancouver-East New Democrat MP Libby Davies said Mr. Emerson's arrogance has enraged his constituents.
"I don't think Mr. Emerson has heard anything yet in terms of the way people feel," she said.
Generally, Canadians are a stoic bunch, not innately prone to demonstration. Anytime you can get a large turnout for a cause, it serves as quite a testament to the seriousness. Contrast today's public outcry, with Emerson's refusal to resign and the argument crystallizes.
This matter is now about the integrity of our democracy. Either government is sensitive to the people's wishes and reflects their will, or it is a detached, elitist body that operates with impunity. Clearly, the people of this riding have spoken. If Emerson remains, then it is tantamount to ignoring the democratic process.
There is no spin or distraction with talk of past transgressions. The people of Vancouver-Kingsway have made their opinions known. It is up to Harper to respect voters wishes, which have already been denied, and restore democratic integrity. It doesn't matter if Emerson is a skilled messenger for the province. It doesn't matter if Emerson will be an asset for the federal government. All that matters in a democracy is that the people decide. Firstly, the people decided to elect a Liberal, and now they have decided that they won't except the arrogance of dismissing that decision. It really has become a cut and dry issue that defines how this country really operates.