Tanker Malley made the right move because here in New Brunswick, we don’t have a Sunday Paper so therefore these Irving’s columnist are going nuts to give their views on the big news story of the year. < beside the defeat of the Lord Government >
Tanker sent out a memo late Friday evening and the Daily Gleaner made it their front page news.
So what does all this mean anyway?
Bernard Lord face the media Saturday and he didn’t look upset but he made one grave boo boo!
He began to discredit Tanker for leaving.
HERE'S THE STORY ON CTV NEWS!!!! P.S. I didn't know we could use the word - BULLSHIT!!!! Read on....
N.B.'s Lord unfazed by loss of majority status Updated Sat. Feb. 18 2006 11:37 PM ET
New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord said on Saturday he will continue to govern even after suddenly losing his narrow majority in the provincial legislature.
Michael "Tanker" Malley announced Friday he was leaving the Conservative Party to sit as an independent after being spurned for a cabinet post.
The MLA for Miramichi Bay-du-Vin will now hold the balance of power as the Tories, including the Speaker, hold 27 seats while the Liberals have 26 seats. Malley and Frank Branch are the two independent MLAs in the 55-seat legislature.
"He will decide whether or not the government survives or the government falls," said John McKay, the mayor of Miramichi.
"He will decide whether or not there will be an election. He is the most powerful man in New Brunswick today."
In a news release on Friday, Malley complained the government isn't giving enough support to Miramichi, a region hit hard by the closure of a pulp and paper mill.
Lord was unfazed by Malley's departure.
"It really doesn't change a whole lot," he said. "Between now and the session, things are the same. We had to be very disciplined when we had 28 members and we'll have to be very disciplined when we have 27."
Malley's decision means the Conservatives could be defeated any time, said Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick.
"It would depend on the vote brought forward whether they (the Conservative party) lose that vote," said Desserud.
Lord told the Canadian Press he could've have held onto Malley as a Conservative if he had agreed to a series of demands Malley made after being left out of the latest cabinet shuffle.
Lord said Malley asked him for several political favours. They included the appointment of a friend as a judge and more money for his Miramichi constituency office.
The friend, Fredericton lawyer Cleveland Allaby, told CP: "This whole thing about a judicial appointment is bullshit.''
The Conservatives will table a budget when the legislature resumes sitting in March. Lord said if the opposition defeats the government, he is prepared for an election.
With a report from CTV's Michelle Dassinger and files from The Canadian Press
I am very sorry but that’s a huge mistake.
You’ll suppose to make these independent MLA happy and not make them angry.
So angry that he’ll bring down the Government???
Bernard Lord’s ego once again did him in.
It’s all over but the crying but there’s a another interesting issue that New Brunswickers should watch very closely.
I remember at the beginning of my protest, I confronted the Memramcook- Dieppe MLA Cy LeBlanc and told him that he shouldn’t enjoy his pension yet because the Government will be defeated.
Many MLA’S could be without a pension if the Lord Government is defeated.
Isn’t that a darn shame????
What about Tanker? What is he going to do? Join the Liberals?
Could he win the Liberal nomination in his riding?
As for Bernard Lord? It’s over!!!
The good thing about this? He cannot do like other Premiers in the past by traveling the world at the end of his mandate.
The end is really near for Bernard Lord political career and New Brunswickers will see what kind of Premier Shawn Graham will be?
I know for a fact that the issue of drugging our kids will finally be confronted head on.
These poor kids will not have to wait till the year of 2007 to be saved.
New Brunswickes should watch the Premier very closely because you’re going to be some political appointments as you never seen before.
I expect a few P.C. MLA will announce they’re not running again because they know the writing is on the wall.
I do feel bad for these new Cabinet Ministers who just got promoted from the backbenches.
For them? It’s all over but the crying. New Brunswick will have a new Government during the summer months all because Bernard Lord made an independent MLA very angry!
His ego bought down the Government.