Belinda Stonach Defects!
Belinda Stronach MP is at this moment giving a press conference. She is abandoning the Conservative Party under whose banner she was elected last year and has accepting a political bribe from Paul Martin to become the Human Resources Minister in his government. I guess if she can't be the Conservative leader she will take her act elsewhere.
Prime Minister Martin is calling her betrayal courageous. I have other descriptors in mind, but being a gentleman I shall not write them down. Ambition is a terrible thing.
She says that same-sex marriage is not the deciding factor, but is one of many for her betrayal. (Comment was unprompted, so must be on her mind.) She doesn't feel comfortable in lining herself up with the Bloc Quebecois to bring down the budget. She says that the corruption in Quebec isn't Liberals, just some individuals. She is being given an opportunity to make a public contribution, blah, blah, blah.
She has a lot of respect for her boyfriend Peter MacKay MP. She will not comment further on her relationship with him.
The Prime Minister, "... is proud to have Belinda Stonach as a member of my government and my Cabinet."