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April 11, 2007

Former \”crossover\” Canadian MP to leave politics

Former “crossover” Canadian MP to leave politics

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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Canadian MP Belinda Stronach has officially announced she will not run for re-election in her riding of Newmarket—Aurora in the next federal election. She will re-join her father Frank Stronach’s company Magna International Inc., a large auto parts company, as the executive vice-chairwoman.

“My father is looking to the future, the company is facing important strategic decisions, and the Canadian and global auto sector and economy are in a period of great challenge,” Stronach announced. “So I am stepping aside from elected politics for the time being and will now take part in public life in a different way…I will continue to represent the interests of the constituents I serve until such time as a federal election is called,” she said. “I also plan to continue to play an active role in the community.”

During Stronach’s career a series of events have made national headlines.

In 2004, she ran against now Prime Minister Stephen Harper for leadership of then the new formed Conservative Party of Canada and finished second on the first ballot. She was later elected as Conservative MP for Newmarket—Aurora. Stronach had many differences to Stephen Harper and his Conservatives supporting abortion and same-sex marriages. She also claimed the party was going too far-right. In 2005, two days before a non-confidence vote to bring down the Liberal government, she crossed the floor to the Liberal Party of Canada and retained her seat. Upon her crossing she immediately became Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal. It also ended her personal relationship with fellow Conservative MP Peter MacKay. If Stronach had not joined the Liberals an election would have been called. On April 6, 2006, Stronach held a news conference announcing that she would not seek the leadership of the Liberals, which was later won by Stephane Dion.

In September, she was caught cheating with former NHL player Tie Domi. In October 2006, Peter MacKay referred to Stranach as a “dog”. Stronach, a feminist, demanded an immediate apology and said that it offended all Canadian women.

CTV bureau chief Robert Fife speculated the decision by Stronach, not to seek re-election, may have had something to do with her dissatisfaction over a diminished role in the new Dion caucus. “She did not have a high-profile critic’s role and she had not been prominent in asking questions in question period after Mr. Dion took over,” suggested Fife.

Stronach has been serving as Critic for Competitiveness and New Economy. She previously served as Critic for the Minister of Transport under interim leader Bill Graham.

The public is also questioning Stronach’s move to keep her seat until the next federal election, they happen every five years or less. If she had decided to leave her seat completely, an immediate by-election would be called.

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November 13, 2006

Alberta premier Ralph Klein joke outrages Liberal MP Belinda Stronach

Alberta premier Ralph Klein joke outrages Liberal MP Belinda Stronach

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Monday, November 13, 2006

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Alberta premier Ralph Klein was at the annual Calgary Homeless Foundation roast Tuesday evening when he poked fun at Liberal MP Belinda Stronach crossing the floor from the Conservatives to the Liberals. “I wasn’t surprised that she crossed over to the Liberals. I don’t think she ever did have a Conservative bone in her body. Well, maybe one.” [Referring to Conservative MP Peter MacKay, her ex boyfriend]. “Well, speaking of Peter MacKay…,” he continued.

Klein refused to apologize for the remark saying: “I’m making no apologies….I read the copy and I approved. I thought it was a funny line….So did Bruce [his bodyguard],” he added.

“A roast is a roast is a roast. It’s not a toast,” Klein told reporters.

The audience laughed at the joke, but after some people said they felt uncomfortable with it.

“Ms. Stronach roasted the premier two years ago and made remarks about his weight, his clothing and even his flatulence,” Marisa Etmanski, Klein’s press secretary, told the Canadian Press. “In a roast situation, these remarks were hysterical, and that’s the same kind of thing that happened this year.”

Ralph Klein (far right) at the 2005 Calgary Stampede Parade

Stronach, a feminist, was offended by the joke and said that “we want to attract many more women to participate in politics” and “improve the civility that occurs in public life.”

Stronach was in Montreal on Thursday for an international conference on global poverty and defended herself from the comment. “Ralph should put his money where his mouth is and buy a whole bunch of bednets to save kids from malaria in Africa.”

The joke was taken from Mr. MacKay’s alleged comment calling Stronach a “dog” last month in the House of Commons.

“I don’t know of any person who is more respectful of women, who is less inclined to tell off-colour stories or use improper language,” said Shirley McClellan, Klein’s deputy premier. “I’ve worked with this gentleman for 17 years, and have never been treated with anything more than the utmost respect. And I am so disappointed in our media.”

The video (see external links section) has made its way around the popular internet video site YouTube. It has been viewed more than 19,500 times and more than 100 comments had been posted about the video.



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October 27, 2006

Canadian foreign affairs minister accused to have called Liberal MP a \”dog\”

Canadian foreign affairs minister accused to have called Liberal MP a “dog”

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Foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay was accused last week of calling Liberal MP Belinda Stronach a “dog” in the House of Commons.

Stronach, a feminist, said the comment was offensive to all women.

NDP leader Jack Layton said on Saturday that MacKay should apologise or resign.

MacKay said that he did not call her a dog. “I made no such gesture. I made no derogatory or discriminatory remark toward any member of the House,” MacKay said yesterday in the House of Commons.

Despite MacKay’s comment, the Liberals are still asking for an apology.

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October 11, 2006

Canadian MP Belinda Stronach has first interview since affair with Tie Domi

Canadian MP Belinda Stronach has first interview since affair with Tie Domi

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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Recently Canadian MP Belinda Stronach had an affair with Tie Domi, a former NHL player. She had refused to answer direct questions about her personal life.

Now for the first time since her affair, with Tie Domi, she sat down with CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos on his show The Hour to answer his questions about the affair, politics, and other topics during the nine minute chat, on October 9th. It was held at 11:00 P.M. EDT.

No transcripts of this interview are officially available but, a video (see CBC source below) can be viewed.

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September 27, 2006

Former NHL player Tie Domi alleged to have cheated with Canadian MP Belinda Stronach

Former NHL player Tie Domi alleged to have cheated with Canadian MP Belinda Stronach

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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Canadian MP Belinda Stronach, 40, has reportedly cheated with Canadian hockey star Tie Domi. Domi and his wife were in court today getting divorced and both have now reached a temporary settlement in their divorce proceedings, less than an hour before the case was to be heard before Toronto’s Superior Court. Stronach is refusing to comment on the divorce or say if she “wrecked” Domi’s marriage.

“If it wasn’t for my husband’s affair with Belinda, we wouldn’t be getting a divorce,” Leanne told the Toronto Star in an interview last night. Domi’s wife claimed that the former Toronto Maple Leaf player told her if she did not hire a lawyer he would give her $1 million in cash and a $1.5-million house if she kept quiet about his affair with Stronach. If she contacted a lawyer, however, she “would get nothing.”

“I’m not going to comment at this point in time whether it’s true, it’s false or it’s just the opinions of others,” Stronach said on CTV’s Mike Duffy Live. “I’m not prepared to talk about my personal life at this moment.”

When Stronach was with the Conservatives she dated fellow MP Peter MacKay. In an interview in the Toronto Star on January 8, 2005, Stronach confirmed that she and MacKay were dating. Stronach, elected as a Conservative in the 2004 election, crossed the floor to the Liberal Party on May 17, 2005. She did not comment on what impact this would have on their relationship. On May 18, 2005, MacKay told the CBC that his relationship with Stronach was indeed over. Stronach crossed the floor from the Conservative party directly to Paul Martin’s Liberal cabinet in May 2005. Stronach was previously married to Olympic speed-skating champion Johann Olav Koss of Norway, then divorced in 2005.

Tie Domi said he would not comment on his personal life and his agent said Monday the hockey star would have nothing to say while the matter was before the courts.

Leanne Domi’s divorce application was filed on September 18, just one day before Tie Domi announced his retirement from the NHL.

None of the allegations have been proved in court.

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May 22, 2005

Canadian MP crosses from Conservative to Liberal party

Canadian MP crosses from Conservative to Liberal party

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Belinda Stronach

Belinda Stronach, Canadian MP for Newmarket-Aurora crossed the floor from the Conservatives to join the Liberals just days before a scheduled confidence vote in the Liberal government. She was immediately rewarded by being appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal.

“I’ve been uncomfortable for some time with the direction the Conservative party was taking,” Stronach said. “I regret to say that I do not believe the party leader is truly sensitive to the needs of each part of the country and just how big and complex Canada really is.”

She disagreed with the party on its stance on the federal budget, same-sex marriage, and Conservative leadership’s alliance with the separatist Bloc Québécois to bring down the government.

Two days after Stronach switched parties, the ruling Liberals won a crucial vote for their budget by a single vote. If Stronach had not joined the Liberals and voted for the budget, the government would have fallen, forcing a new federal election.

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