The Vancouver Sun is reporting Joe Volpe has lost the support of MP and "personal friend" Sukh Dhaliwal over the kiddie donation fiasco. Let's hope it’s a sign of things to come, and causes Joe to reconsider his options. (H/T to Dan Cook on Politics)
The Sun calls Dhaliwal, the Liberal MP that knocked-off Conservative recording artist Gurmant Grewal in Newton-North Delta, "a crucial link to the Indo-Canadian community that plays a major role in Liberal leadership campaigns" so it's a doubly hard blow for Volpe.
Dhaliwal said he and his constituents could not accept Volpe's accepting $5400 donations from children or Volpe's belated and half-hearted attempt at damage control.
"This whole affair is not something I am comfortable with. I ask myself if the people of Newton-North Delta elected me to take an interest in all of this. I know their answer.''
Good on Sukh for doing the right thing. The Sun lists other Volpe supporters in caucus as Joe Comuzzi, Jim Karygiannis, Wajid Khan, Massimo Pacetti, Lui Temelkovski, and Yasmin Ratansi. We're waiting guys; it's time to step up.
CanWest News Service; Vancouver Sun
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
OTTAWA - Liberal leadership candidate Joe Volpe, whose campaign was rocked last week by disclosure he was receiving major campaign contributions from the children of corporate executives, suffered another setback Tuesday when Liberal MP and personal friend Sukh Dhaliwal withdrew his support for Volpe's campaign.