Word of another disgraceful act in the House of Commons this afternoon:
When the vote came on the government’s controversial bill to reinstate security certificates, which were stuck down by the Supreme Court, Omar Alghabra, the Liberal MP for Mississauga-Erindale abruptly absented himself from the chamber.
While other Liberal MPs voted with the Conservatives to pass the bill into law, Alghabra stood behind the curtain, perhaps perusing the hundreds of emails from Arab Canadians begging him to oppose the bill on his Blackberry.
When the vote was over, he returned to proudly vote for a motion on another matter.
Alghabra, it will be recalled, is the former head of the Canadian Arab Federation, who have rightly been blistering in their criticism of security certificates.
If Alghabra didn't want to support his party’s retrograde position in support of security certificates, why didn't he quit the party, or at least vote against it, as Liberal MP Andrew Telegdi did?
Or have the Liberals’ seven abstentions to keep Harper in power left MPs like Alghabra with the opinion that voting to represent their constituents is now optional?