The Harper government survived a potential election-triggering vote on its controversial immigration bill Wednesday after Liberals voted with the government. But at least one Liberal MP is threatening to break ranks unless the party takes a stand soon against the bill.
But Liberal MP Andrew Telegdi, who represents the Ontario riding of Kitchener-Waterloo, said Wednesday he will vote against the bill when it comes up for third reading in the House of Commons, no matter what position his party takes.
"They can't move my seat any further back, can they?" Telegdi said in an interview, referring to his status as a backbench MP and any repercussions he might face for breaking party ranks. "It's a horrible bill."
First off, why exactly are you going public after first reading, when you know this issue is far from resolved? Telegdi sounds the alarm bells in the middle of the first act, strange and stupid all at once. Telegdi, have you heard of a thing called closed doored caucus meetings? If you're trying to send a message, about all you achieve is projecting dissent, when we need it least. Spouting off, at this time, when there are plenty of signals that a "stand" looms, just demonstrates why you are on the backbench. Put a sock in it.