Supporters continue to back Fage

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AMHERST - While Cumberland North MLA Ernie Fage has been convicted and thrown out of the Progressive Conservative caucus, his supporters aren't about to abandon him.
Fage was convicted Tuesday of leaving the scene of an accident and subsequently expelled from the Conservative caucus.
"Ernie should do what he wants to do and that's the good part about living in a free country," Amherst Mayor Jerry Hallee. "What he will probably do is run as an Independent and I will support him in that."
Hallee, who has worked closely with both Fage and now Independent MP Bill Casey on various economic development projects, feels Premier Rodney MacDonald acted on some bad advice by deciding to make Fage's temporary suspension permanent.
"I think the premier is making a mistake. He's listening to his advisors who are telling him to stay away from Ernie," the mayor said. "All you have to do is look at his record, he's done a lot for us. You don't throw the baby out with the bathwater."
Hallee is optimistic Fage will win as an Independent.
"How can I abandon him when he's done so much for us. He was always there for the riding and its best interests. He was never there for Ernie Fage," Hallee said. "He has served us well and can continue to serve us well, although it's going to be a little harder for him."
Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter is not as confident Fage can hold the riding, but he feels the MLA has done a lot for his municipality over the last decade.
"Over the years Ernie was in office he has gone above and beyond the call of duty to bring things into the area like the hospital and the schools and roads have been upgraded," Hunter said. "When you look at the charge and the fine he got, it's really not the much more than going through a stop sign. To me it's not all that serious."
Hunter has been rumoured to be interested the Conservative nomination. The veteran municipal politician said he has not given it a lot of thought because he has been a supporter of Fage.
"I would have to be approached by the riding association and I would have to give it a lot of thought," said Hunter, who ran unsuccessfully for the nomination in 1992. "I have not considered it yet, but I will not rule it out."
Riding president Susan Embree said members have yet to consider the premier's decision and likely won't sit down to discuss it until January at the earliest.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

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  • m
    January 18, 2010 - 11:02

    To all that have nothing to do but bad mouth mr fage accidents happen everyday you could be next NOW lets talk about the good things he has done for so many people . get with the times people support mr fage if he chooses to run as a independent

  • T
    January 18, 2010 - 10:40

    Everyones human and I plan to vote Mr Fage back in he's a great person, and he has done great things over the years. Good Luck and me and my family will stand behide you 100%. Keep your head up.