Quote: Originally Posted by Durry
Nah, the NDP are just scared sh^tless that many of their members will leave them.
They are using this method as a way to prevent losing members.
Nice assumption.... he's not the first person to voice his concern over the matter and thus far, it seems it's Liberals and Conservatives who are doing to party jumping the most.
It's not the NDP who are concerned about losing their members. They're gaining in power & popularity which has been increasing consistently over the last few years. In the last few elections, the NDP hasn't lost any seats, but rather, continued to gain them.
Your above claim holds no substance and appears more to be a troll attempt to get a reaction from other members in here who support the NDP.
Floor crossing is not a problem, it happens only very seldom and really does no harm to anyone. In the end, the voter makes the final decision .
Obviously the voter doesn't. The voter picked a specific MP from a specific party with specific ideals & principles to represent them.... then after they're elected, they jump ship & go to another political party.
So hypothetically I voted for one party, but another party ended up with my vote.... which doesn't line up with the ideals & principles I wanted to support.
It doesn't matter if it happens every day or once every 10 years.... it shouldn't happen in the first place, and because it does, it is a problem.
If you want to jump ship and go to another party, quit and run in the next election under your new banner..... in the mean time, citizens of this nation voted you into power based on your current promises, party & principles.... thus you should be bound to uphold what your constituents originally voted for.... otherwise you do not deserve what you gained in the election and don't deserve to represent anybody.
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
Nope. MPs should be free to leave the party if they wish.
We vote for the person, not the party.
I vote based on both the person and the party they are a part of..... if they jump from the NDP and over to the Liberals, Bloc or Conservatives, they are now representing principles and ideals I don't support.
I can not trust that they can uphold the same ideals, principles & promises they original ran on in the election, because those were supported and tailor-made to the party they were working with at the time, and any of the other parties have no obligation to give a damn about those promises & ideals once they jump to their party.
I voted for the person and I voted for the party they represent..... which means if they jump parties, my vote that got them their job just went to the other party I didn't want to vote for in the first place.
Sorry, but in my view, that's wrong.