During the election campaign I was telling pretty much everyone I could that Garth Turner's election blog was by far my favourite. He regularly gave in-depth and compelling accounts of his time spent on the campaign trail. No matter how exhausted I was from the nine to twelve hours I had spent working my own local campaign I usually tried to find time to read it and I wish that more candidates would have gove to a similiar effort.
Sometimes this sort of Garth-dorsement was met with comments like "you mean you like Nortel Turner"? I must admit that I had forgotten (or never really knew) about Garth Turner's alleged role in pumping-and-dumping Nortel stock Frankly, I still don't know all the details and in the end that is quite separate from what I think of his blog and more relevantly his comments on David Emerson.
I must say that I have spent the last couple of days considering the Emerson fiasco rather closely and have commented over at Cherniak's blog once or twice (including here). You know what, Garth is right this was and remains a major screw-up. It looks hypocritical, cynical and totally unnecessary. There was no reason to entice David Emerson across the floor especially considering the lacklustre political skills that the Minister has displayed over the last week
As for whether or not Garth should have aired the dirty laundry on his blog--I'm not sure. Short term track records seem to disagree, as we have a successful candidate who did better than many of his fellow Conservative candidates in neighbouring ridings pitted against Harper's team that ran what was pretty universally lauded as a very tight campaign. I suppose the balance has to fall with Mr. Turner because this sort of thing seems to be directly in keeping with what he did right before election day (working hard for his constituents and speaking his mind) whereas I don't know where the PM was coming from. The end result will probably be that we will unfortunately see a lot more pressure for MPs to stay away from blogging.