VALLEY - John MacDonald says the Colchester North Liberal candidate is putting herself ahead of voters.
MacDonald, the Progressive Conservative candidate in that riding, wants fellow candidates to support his plan to introduce a bill requiring MLAs who switch parties to resign and run in a byelection. He spoke with the Truro Daily News and www.trurodaily.com on Thursday about his belief, as did the area's MLA Karen Casey, who a few years ago switched from the PC Party to the Liberals.
Casey said she did nothing wrong and she is responsible to voters, who many of them supported her crossing the floor.
MacDonald expressed his disappointment, in a news release, with what he calls MLA Karen Casey’s unwillingness to put voters ahead of herself.
“For her to say ‘people vote for me, not the party’ is disappointing. People cast their ballots based on a combination of the candidate, political party, its platform, and the party leader,” said MacDonald in a news release. “I’m sure her new-found Liberal supporters and their leader will be dismayed to know that it’s still all about her.”
“Colchester North voters have elected a Progressive Conservative MLA in the last four provincial elections. Her dismissal of their choices is troubling,” MacDonald added.
MacDonald told media that democracy is best served when voters are given the chance to make up their own minds, which, according to the news release, is why MacDonald wants to propose a new law that would force MLAs to get the consent of the voters if they switch parties.