Fage found guilty

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Embattled Cumberland North MLA to run again as Independent

Fage found guilty

AMHERST - Embattled politician Ernie Fage is staying on as the MLA for Cumberland North and has every intention of running as an Independent in the next provicial election, despite being found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident and kicked out of the Progressive Consevative caucus.
"I have sat as an Independent Progressive Conservative for a year now and the decision of the premier's today is out of my hands," Fage said from his constituency office. "The premier is the leader and he has to make his own decisions, but I'm comfortable in my position as an Independent Progressive Conservative and look forward to getting back to work with renewed vigour serving the constituents of Cumberland North."
Fage, 54, was found guilty earlier in the day by Judge Bill Digby of a single charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He was fined $800 plus a 15 per cent victim surcharge, bringing the total to $920.
"I don't agree with the judge's decision, but that being said I respect the judge and the decision and my fine is ready to go in the mail as we speak," Fage said.
Soon after the verdict was released, Premier Rodney MacDonald announced that Fage won't be welcomed back into caucus and will not run for the party in the next election.
The Hastings resident was charged earlier this year after leaving the scene of a fender bender in downtown Halifax last November.
He resigned his human resources post in January after news of the crash was made public and was later suspended from caucus.
Fage would not say whether he's surprised or disappointed with the premier's decision, but he's not going to let it deter him and he plans to run as an Independent in the next election.
"My intention at this point is to continue to serve as the Independent Progressive Conservative member for Cumberland North and I plan to run in that capacity," Fage said. "The last 10 years have been very rewarding one for me working with the people of this riding and together we have accomplished a lot. I look forward to being given the opportunity to continue doing that work."
Fage said the last year has been a tough one for himself, his family and friends. He's happy the ordeal is over and while disappointed with the result, he respects the judge's decision.
As for suggestions that he step down or not reoffer, Fage said it will be up to the voters to decide whether they want him to remain as their MLA.
"I'm a strong believer that the people are always right and it will be up to the people to decide who they want to represent them," Fage said.
dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Progressive Consevative

Geographic location: Cumberland North, Halifax

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  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:14

    the foregoing is completley my PERSONAL OPINION and i do hope things improve for all concerned

  • Mike formerly of Amherst
    January 18, 2010 - 11:10

    I think Ernie is too optimistic about his chances of re-election - the Torries are strong in Cumberland North and will likely hang their vote on the new candidate. Back to the farm you go, Ernie.

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    Well Earnie seems to like to drive and apparently likes his booze,also likes playing around at politics in a fashion.All activities on his part will now be affected and won't be able to be comingled. Judge Digby sort of scoffed at Earnie's statements given under oath,didn't seem to believe him at all ,didn't give him any credibility.His peers are fed up with they catagorize as his last of trustworthiness or something to that affect and have done everything they can to end their contact with a sorry story.The riding and residents tend to be unpragmetic Federally in picking a member who is in the right party or good standing to deliver anything worthwhile.Unfortunately the same pattern is taking a foothold Provincially.The statements from the Mayor and Warden are very dissapointing as they protray a support and affilation with a deadender that shows no respect .Too bad the local paper didn't do a proper job in reporting Judge Digby's decision .

  • dick
    January 18, 2010 - 10:31

    This this liar out!!!. He is just as criminal as the rest of the politicians that steal and lie to the public...when will everyone just wake up...

  • Scotty
    January 18, 2010 - 10:30

    Just had to add a little something about Mr. Fage's guilty verdict handed to him by Judge Bill Digby, that Mr. Cole has left out of his report. The $920 fine was only the start of the punishment. The Registry of Motor Vehicles will automatically suspend his driver's licence for two years. (hfxnews.ca)
    This could prove to be a bit of a challenge for Mr. Fage if he really intends on running in the next election. Taxi drives from Amherst to Halifax can't be cheap. Oh, that's right, WE the taxpayer can afford it. LOL!!