When former Conservative MP Eve Adams announced her decision to cross the floor of the House of Commons and join Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, some heralded it as a sign that there may be divisive cracks forming in the foundation of the Harper empire. As much as I would love to believe that is the case, nothing about this move strikes me as anything more than a desperate grasp for continued relevance. And though I consider myself a Liberal through and through, I have to question why Mr Trudeau would even consider taking on the likes of Ms Adams. Here’s why it’s a dumb move:
It doesn’t change anything. There are 308 seats in the House of Commons. The Conservatives currently possess 162 of those seats, well beyond the 155 required for a majority government. Swinging a single MP from one side of the House to the other is nothing more than a ripple in a big sea of Conservative Blue. It’s symbolic at best.
It reeks of desperation. After losing a bitter nomination vote, Eve Adams was informed that she would not be representing the Conservative Party in any riding. She’s effectively out of a job after the fall election unless she can hitch her wagon to another party. And who’s got a wagon handy? Justin Trudeau. Heading into his first election as leader of the Liberal Party, and desperate to live up to his father’s legacy.
She’s a loose cannon. There’s a reason that Eve Adams did not win the Conservative nomination for the riding of Oakville Burlington-North. There’s a reason that the Conservative Party President informed her that she would not be welcome to run for the Conservatives in any riding. Was it being caught on camera arguing with a gas station attendant about the quality of a $6 car wash after blocking the pumps with her vehicle? Or was it the makeup and nail salon visits that she attempted to claim as part of her expense allowance? Either way, the Conservative Party was smart in prohibiting her to run under their banner.
Nobody likes a turncoat. Can you trust someone who switches teams? Really, can you?
The bottom line is this. This is not some high level Conservative insider defecting to the Liberals. Eve Adams is about as outside of the inner circle as you can get. Her departure certainly doesn’t hurt Stephen Harper, and may possibly do more harm to Justin Trudeau than good. Does he really want to go into the next election surrounding himself with anything less than the most stellar candidates? I hope not! I personally like the NDP’s policy on MPs crossing the floor. They are unwelcome. Period.
Bring on the election.