Maverick Conservative MP Garth Turner is once again playing the thorn in his government's side, publicly calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to scrap part of the Tory election platform that he says is proving unpopular.
But, while he issued a press release yesterday announcing this, the Ontario MP refused to identify which election plank he thinks his government should drop.
Mr. Turner said he's delaying releasing his recommendations until March 29, after he has delivered a copy to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
He said his recommendations are based on feedback from more than 10,000 Canadians via the Internet, interviews and town halls.
His news release billed the exercise as "what's believed to be the largest prebudget consultation in Canada's history." The MP said it was what he heard during this freelance effort that convinced him part of the Tory platform needed to be shelved.
"I don't think it's affordable, I don't think it's workable and I don't think it really jibes with our themes of doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people," he said of the plank he wants dropped.
How clever of Garth. He'll be keeping this story alive in the media by having everybody guessing what's inside the mystery box, all the while claiming that whatever it is, it's what the people want.
And who can verify Garth's claims independently? Who's to say that dropping this plank came not from the people but from Garth?
Is he going to play the same games about voting against the budget if this mystery plank isn't dropped that he did when he mused about defecting because he couldn't share the same caucus room as David Emerson?
Watch for Garth Turner to try and upstage his own government's budget. He still wishes he, the greatest investment expert in Canadian history, was finance minister.
Source: Globe and Mail