Riding committee nearly set

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - A new management committee to run the local Conservative riding association is nearly set.

Conservative Party of Canada president Don Plett said between eight and 10 people have volunteered to be on the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley committee.

The riding associations board of directors had its decision-making power stripped for backing MP Bill Casey, who was expelled from caucus for voting against the Conservative budget.

We have made it clear to all existing board members that folks you are welcome to be part of this, Plett said. We havent appointed one person to this management committee.

He said the committees first order of business is to find a candidate to run against Casey in the next election.

Some people have suggested a candidate may be parachuted in from outside the riding to carry the Conservative flag in the next election.

We certainly have no intention of doing that. Our prime focus is looking inside the riding, Plett said.

He appreciates the decision board members must make when choosing between the party and the fifth-term MP.

I understand their difficulty. They didnt put themselves in this predicament Mr. Casey put them in this predicament.

A claim Casey disputes.

Everything goes back to they broke a deal and every Nova Scotian knows it, he said. He expects members of parliament to toe the party line no matter what... I couldnt do that in this case.

Organizations: Conservative Party of Canada, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley committee

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