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David Emerson - Stalwart

From May 28, 2008

During the 2006 election campaign, David Emerson, Liberal incumbent candidate for Vancouver Kingsway, had this to say about the nature of Harper's Conservative Party: "The strong survive, the weak die."

He added, "Just mark my words. If they get elected, they are going to begin a massive review of programs and a massive set of cuts to government programs. And people are going to say, 'We didn't ask for this. Mr. Harper didn't say this is what he was going to do.'"

And on election day, he proclaimed, "I'm going to be Stephen Harper's worst enemy. We're going to stir the pot and you better believe we are going to make a heck of a lot of noise."

A little under two weeks later, on February 6th, 2006 - the first day of the new parliament - Emerson joined the Conservative Party and was made a cabinet minister by incoming Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

And it's true - most voters in Vancouver Kingsway would agree - "We didn't ask for this."