On dancing with the one who brung you
We're hearing from CBC that some of Harper's own Senate appointees are miffed about limited terms and elections. As fellow Conservative senator Bert Brown reminds his colleagues in a note today, this seems a little, uh, forgetful of how they landed in the red chamber.Here's a note he reportedly sent out today, which we here have obtained, and yes, Brown uses the "loyalty" word.
Yesterday, in Senate caucus Minister Uppal was showered with complaints about Senate elections and a nine year term.
Senators need to be reminded that when I came to the Red Chamber there were 19 Conservative Senators and 73 Liberals plus 5 independent and PC's. Despite all efforts to speak to the Liberals from the Senate and the Commons, they would not budge from appointments. When we had 18 vacancies Harper appointed very good Senators to fight fire with fire. It became obvious that he could only get a majority vote by appointing those who agreed to vote for Senate reform.
Those of us who came to the Red Chamber were there to get a majority vote for reform. Those in the Senate before Harper became Prime Minister need to realize that, had he not made appointments, the Conservatives appointed by Mulroney would now be a very small group struggling to do anything!
Every Senator in this caucus needs to decide where their loyalty should be and must be. The answer is simple; our loyalty is to the man who brought us here, the man who has wanted Senate reform since he entered politics, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper.
Hon. Bert Brown, Senator