Peschisolido is not MP material
Perhaps it is time to take a walk down memory lane.
Joe Peschisolido crossed the floor in 2002 from the now-defunct Canadian Alliance party to join the Liberals. The reactions to this move from his constituency office and supporters were revealing.
Kenny Chiu, then-president of the Alliance’s Richmond constituency association, said his supporters felt “disbelief, betrayal, and sadness” over the move. Constituents in Richmond were not notified beforehand about the defection, and were equally shocked at the crossing. If Peschisolido is to take office, he brings to Ottawa a history of deceit, misrepresentation, and disloyalty.
I suppose the question then becomes why we should vote for Peschisolido, when our incumbent MP Alice Wong is vying for a second term in office. Peschisolido provides the best answer himself: “With an MP that is part of the government in power, Richmond stands a better chance of getting the goodies, he said, such as the proposed trade and exhibition centre and rapid transit” (Richmond Review, Jan. 31, 2002).
Alice Wong is currently Richmond's MP, and she has served as the parliamentary secretary for multiculturalism. By Peschisolido's own reasoning and logic, Wong is the best choice to represent Richmond in the House of Commons.