- they are "breaking their word" to their constituents;
- "Stéphane Dion is not a leader, so they're resigning because they don't want to be part of a failed effort";
- they "are responsible for millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded byelections"; and
- if they were going to resign early, "why did these Liberals run to be elected to Parliament in the first place?".
To be honest, I am not a big fan of people retiring early without a very good reason. You are elected to serve a term and if people put your trust in you, you should respect that. However, there is an old saying about throwing stones when you live in a glass house.
I would ask Mr. Poilievre, have these individuals also betrayed their constituents for resigning in the middle of their terms:
- Current Conservative campaign chair and former interim leader of the Canadian Alliance John Reynolds who resigned in 1977 because he could not support Joe Clark as leader.
- Reform Party founder Preston Manning who resigned in 2002 as he found it uncomfortable to sit in a caucus which he did not lead.
- Or perhaps our current prime minister, Stephen Harper, who resigned in 1997 to take up a job with the National Citizens Coalition and due to disagreements with his leader.