David Wilks becomes a headline

As a result of this story and these videos, the Conservative backbencher gets noticed by the Globe, Star, CBC, Canadian Press, Postmedia and Global.

Bob Rae tweets.

David Wilks reflects a genuine and deep concern among Canadians – his recantation is canned and fake – the real voice should re-emerge.

Dan Arnold considers Mr. Wilks’ options.

If he truly supports the budget - as he now claims to do - he should have thanked his constituents for their feedback, said he’d consider what they said, then explained to them why he supported the budget.

If he truly opposes the budget - as he said he did yesterday - he should vote against it. Wilks is wrong when he says one MP can’t make a difference. John Nunziata and Bill Casey brought more attention to the budgets they opposed than they ever would have by meekly supporting them. Michael Chong’s opposition to the Quebec Nation resolution may have prevented Harper from going further down that road. I also like to think that the more acts of defiance we get, the more likely we are to see an attitudinal change in Ottawa that gives a greater say to individual MPs. Some may disagree with me, but I think that would be a welcome shift.

Bill Casey famously voted against the Conservative budget in 2007. After being ejected from the government caucus, he was reelected in 2008 by a larger margin. Mr. Casey though had a long history in his riding—he’d first been elected in 1988. Mr. Wilks was first elected last May.




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David Wilks becomes a headline

  1. Bob Rae is right. I hope that this starts a conversation about what an MP is supposed to do versus what MPs do. If one MP cannot make a difference, if MPs are muzzled and acquiescent, then why have ‘em? I am going to start asking all candidates that at my door — can one MP (MLA) make a difference, and what do you plan to do to make one?

  2. MP Wilks has been engaged with his constituents since May 3, 2011. I truly hope he thinks this through. Kootenay-Columbia residents respect independence and free-thinking people.

    • Then they should have voted for one!

      This guy should resign. And tell Jim Flaherty that there are bad jobs, on the benches right behind him.

      • No, he should vote against the budget he and his constituents are concerned about. He should sit as an independent and listen to the Conservative machine try to make mince-meat out of him, like they did with Bill Casey. Hopefully, it would turn out just as well. He should ask his constituents to re-elect him since he stuck by them and his convictions, and if they don’t, hey, they lose someone who really listened, and he gains the three years of (presumably) higher pay than he’d get running his bowling alley.
        Too bad about the crawl-back. But, sometimes its scary to stand up for what you really believe, and maybe he’s got enough heat on him now that it makes the “f*ck it” impulse too hard to resist.

        • Wishful thinking.

          It takes pluck to whisper defiance, but it takes real backbone to make a stand on principle.David wishes he’d never spoken aloud, and bet your bottom dollar he won’t ever do it again

          • Wishful thinking and Encouragement!

          • Oooh! Yes, let us hope!

          • Jenn is right. Positive pressure could make the MP change his mine. The mindless negativity exhibited by many certainly won’t encourage him to buck the party. If all you do is make mince-meat of the Conservatives no matter what they do than there certainly is no reason for them to try and change.

          • Jenn is right. Positive pressure could make the MP change his mine. The mindless negativity exhibited by many certainly won’t encourage him to buck the party. If all you do is make mince-meat of the Conservatives no matter what they do than there certainly is no reason for them to try and change.

  3. Down here, Senator Tom Coburn (R- Oklahoma) recently said, “If you’re just here (Washington) to get re-elected, then you’re useless to the country”.

    Good words no?

  4. “I will do as I please, you cannot do anything about it.”
    What’s more than that?

  5. The only person who can get rid of Stephen Harper is a Conservative. It will be Conservative MP voting against bills like the budget that will send a message to the country and his party that it is time to replace Harper. The Liberal party did this to jean Chretien and he was replaced by Paul Martin.

    Stephen Harper does not have a Majority Government he has an I CAN DO WHAT EVER I WANT GOVERNMENT. Harper must be stopped and it is only his MP that can do it.

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