Brent Rathgeber explains himself -

Brent Rathgeber explains himself

‘I no longer recognize much of the party that I joined’


Fittingly in a blog post, Brent Rathgeber explains his decision to resign from the Conservative caucus, criticizes the government’s response to the Duffy-Wright affair and looks ahead to how he’ll carry himself as an independent MP.

I can only compromise so much before I begin to not recognize myself.  I no longer recognize much of the party that I joined and whose principles (at least on paper), I still believe in.  Accordingly, since I can no longer stand with them, I must now stand alone.

The CBC spoke with Mr. Rathgeber at the Ottawa airport this morning.


Brent Rathgeber explains himself

  1. His comments about the people of his riding not caring about what someone did 17 years ago are of particular interest to me. Certainly the type of weak counter attack one comes to expect from a governing party in Question Period, but something that I feel is particularly ineffective in light of Mr. Mulcair’s new, more substantive approach, to QP.

  2. Compliant MPs just do what they are told by PMO staffers. That the PMO operates so opaquely and routinely without supervision is an affront to the constitutional requirements of responsible government and is also the genesis of the current Duffy/Wright debacle.

    I will use my now unchained opportunity in Question Period to ask the Government pointed but fair questions on principles I believe that most conservatives still believe in but seem to have been abandoned or at least compromised by this Government in the name of political expediency.


  3. Strange the Conservatives would gut this Bill. In Ontario, a Harris era ‘Sunshine Law’ has revealed all public servants earning more that $100,000 for years, and it’s become rather ho hum, here we go again, who cares. Tell us something we don’t know!

  4. ” I no longer recognize much of the party that I joined …. ”

    Nietzsche – He who does battle with monsters needs to watch out lest he in the process become a monster himself. And if you stare too long into the abyss, the abyss will stare right back at you

  5. And next maybe he will tell us if Harper and MacKay are using PRISM to spy on Canadians.