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February 8, 2007

Garth Turner makes his debut with Canada\’s Liberals

Garth Turner makes his debut with Canada’s Liberals

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Garth Turner made his question period debut Wednesday in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal.

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Turner, again, asked the prime minister to put byelections in David Emerson’s riding of Vancouver Kingsway and Wajid Khan’s Mississauga—Streetsville. Emerson accepted an offer to join the Conservative Party of Canada after he was elected as a Liberal last January. Khan in January, who was a special advisor to prime minister Stephen Harper for the Middle East and South Asia, also crossed the floor to the Conservatives.

Turner also said he would run again in his riding of Halton if Harper were to call a byelection. He added that he wants an immediate byelection if that were to happen.

“I will assure the member for Halton if he wishes to see a byelection in Halton, it’s fully within his control. He can resign today, I’m sure we would comply,” said House leader Peter Van Loan.

Turner promised yesterday at the weekly Liberal caucus meeting that he will not reveal secrets nor criticize his new Party.

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February 7, 2007

Halton MP Garth Turner joins the Liberal Party of Canada

Halton MP Garth Turner joins the Liberal Party of Canada

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Garth Turner Member of Parliament (MP) for Halton, has joined the Liberal Party of Canada after months of being an Independent MP.

Turner was elected with the Conservative Party of Canada in the January 2006 election, but was suspended in October from the Party after posting critical blog posts. After, there was some speculation the he would join the Green Party, which has 0 elected MPs in Ottawa, the nations capital.

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“Garth Turner is an exceptional Member of Parliament, known across Canada for his passion and accomplishments,” said Liberal leader Stéphane Dion speaking in Ottawa today with Turner. “He is an outspoken advocate for fiscal prudence, progressive values and environmental sustainability, and I know Mr. Turner’s constituents of Halton will only be better served by his decision today.”

“As a former Progressive Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister, I believe in being careful on money issues, but also generous on social ones,” said Mr. Turner. “I have found Mr. Harper’s party to be too far right for my community of Halton, while the Liberal Party of Stéphane Dion now closely reflects those progressive values I’ve always believed in.”

Now there is only one independent MP in the House of Commons being André Arthur for the riding of Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier in French speaking Quebec.

Turner now has a video posted on Google Video. He talks about joining the Liberals. See external links section below to watch.

In the video he says the Conservatives have an extreme right-wing agenda. He also adds that it is better to be in a Party than being independent.

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November 14, 2006

Ousted Halton MP Garth Turner resigns membership from Conservative party

Ousted Halton MP Garth Turner resigns membership from Conservative party

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Halton MP Garth Turner accounced at a news conference that he has resigned his membership from the Conservative party, a month after he was suspended from the Tory caucus due to his own posting on his blog.

Turner said Tuesday that he would continue as an Independent. Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader, asked him to join the Green party last month. Turner would be the first member of the party to serve in this capacity. Turner will be in May’s London, Ontario riding to campaign with her on Wednesday.

“Party politics, and not just specifically this party, is the problem,” said outspoken MP Turner. “People may end up sending MPs to Ottawa who are party supporters through and through, or they may end up sending people who, like me, are a pain in the ass.”

His riding association has been told he won’t be allowed to run as a Conservative in the next election.

“We have to break this tedious cycle of electing politicians who sell us on change and deliver same old same old,” Turner said. “This raises more questions about the role of the average Canadian in the political process and their ability to choose their own representative.”

Turner says he will bring in a private member’s bill to give independents more opportunity in the House of Commons and allow them to give tax receipts for political contributions.

Turner is known for his outspoken remarks on his popular blog that include criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Tory policies.

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