(CC NEWS) In defending the strategy of new Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to convince former Liberal David Emerson to switch parties, former Conservative cabinet minister John Crosbie praised Harper for "thinking outside the box," describing Harper as a man who has "a firm hand at the tiller" and a man who lives in "the real world". Proclaimed Crosbie,
In attempting this Harper has shown he is a political leader who can think outside the box, as demonstrated by inviting David Emerson, re-elected as a Liberal, to become the minister of international trade — and inviting Michael Fortier, co-chair of the campaign, to become minister of public works after appointing him to the Senate.
Emerson’s acceptance was in no way comparable to Belinda Stronach, once a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party and a member of the shadow cabinet... The movement of Emerson to the Harper government, following the election, was in no way deserving of the hysterical hissy fit frenzy of much of the media — the same media caught by surprise but undisturbed when Martin bargained Stronach into his cabinet.
Regarding Stronach, Crosbie described her as "the same cheap, traitorous, back-stabbing slut she's always been. How people can compare these two situations is absolutely beyond me."
WHOOPS, John, not David Crosbie. Too many Davids for one article. Sigh.