BTC: Au revoir


Emerson and Hearn are out. By an unofficial count, of the 308 individuals who won a seat in the 2006 election, 40 now won’t be seeking office this fall.

Nine vacancies—those left by Benoit Sauvageau, Joe Fontana, Jean Lapierre, Yvan Loubier, Bill Graham, Jim Peterson, Stephen Owen, Michel Gauthier and Gary Merasty—have already been filled through by-elections. Assuming September’s four by-elections are cancelled on account of an October vote, there will be 31 incumbents to be replaced.

Conservatives (13)
Dave Batters
Norman Doyle
David Emerson
Ken Epp
Brian Fitzpatrick
Art Hanger
Loyola Hearn
Betty Hinton
Bob Mills
Brian Pallister
Carol Skelton
Myron Thompson
John Williams

Liberals (13)
Raymond Bonin
Brenda Chamberlain
Roy Cullen
John Godfrey
Nancy Karetak-Lindell
Paul Martin
Bill Matthews
Joe McGuire
Lucienne Robillard
Andy Scott
Paul Steckle
Belinda Stronach
Tom Wappel

New Democrats (3)
Bill Blaikie
Alexa McDonough
Penny Priddy

Bloc Quebecois (2)
Maka Kotto
Caroline St. Hilaire


BTC: Au revoir

  1. Losing Emerson hurts – probably the single Ministr in the cabinet who I had most confidence in (floor crossing aside).

  2. Harper’s cabinet was always thin and is now much thinner with Emerson’s departure.

  3. Emerson might have been Harper’s biggest star, but I’m sure in his riding he had a big target on his forehead.

  4. “Harper’s cabinet was always thin ”

    No, it wasn’t. Harper will always carry a heavy load, as will James Moore, Jason Kenney, Diane Ablonczy, etc etc.

  5. Arr arr arrrrr arrr! Arr arr! Arr Liberals do nothing arr arr!

    We cannot forget about the contributions of John Baird either.

  6. It’s fascinating that not that many bloc are retiring despite the fact that they are bound to lose seats.

    It’s also interesting that 2 out of 3 Conservative Newfoundland & Labrador MPs are retiring. I imagine without incumbents those seats are going to go to Liberals.

    I was under the impression that Michael Wilson wasn’t expected to stay as embassador in the U.S. past the end of the Bush administration. I suspect David Emerson could become our new U.S. embassador but clearly the man could get any job in the private sector he wants.

  7. Harper relies on his cabinet very little; he takes his advise from party ideaologues and apparatchiks that he hand selects as advisors. For him, cabinet is a formality.

  8. Yes, but how many of these candidates aren’t running because of the Green Shift?

  9. 40 or so?

  10. What?!? 2 Ministers bailing??

    Stephan Harper is not a leader.

    Do you think it’s easy to win Vancouver Kingsway as a Tory?

  11. Do you think it’s easy to work for Stephen Harper?

  12. Andfwhat about Fortier – where is he running?

  13. Wow, that seems like a long list. What are we going to do without Myron Thompson?

    More to the point, what are the NDP going to do without a number of the big hitters? I know they’re going all “we have star candidates” this time around, but it’ll be weird tuning in and not seeing any of those 3 over in the orange corner.

  14. Did you forget (Father) Raymond Gravel, who won’t be running for the BQ next month, by order of his Roman ruler?

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