Western Canadians didn't pull their punches Tuesday in their response to Belinda Stronach's surprise bolt to the federal Liberals.And CTV news (May 18, 2005):
"I said that she whored herself out for power, that's what she did," said Tony Abbott, a Conservative member of the Alberta legislature.
That metaphor was echoed by Maurice Vellacott, Tory MP for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin.
"Some people prostitute themselves for different costs or different prices," he told the Regina Leader-Post. "She sold out for a cabinet position."
[Reporter] SMITH: Tony Abbott did apologize, sort of. But this MP.
MAURICE VELLACOTT [Conservative - Saskatchewan]: Prostituting yourself, that's right.
SMITH: Is sticking with his choice of words.
VELLACOTT: Prostituting yourself is the language that's been used of many other people, I guess, who are prepared to sell whatever they stand for.