Embree not giving up hope in Fage's Tory future

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - The president of the Cumberland North Progressive Conservative Association remains hopeful that MLA Ernie Fage will eventually be let back into the Tory fold.

AMHERST - The president of the Cumberland North Progressive Conservative Association remains hopeful that MLA Ernie Fage will eventually be let back into the Tory fold.
"I am always hopeful. If you don't have hope you have nothing," Susan Embree said on Monday.
Embree said Fage's office continues to receive phone calls and letters from constituents supporting the veteran MLA despite comments from Premier Rodney MacDonald saying Fage would not be allowed to run as a Tory in the next provincial election following his December conviction for leaving the scene of an accident.
The Cumberland North riding association has yet to meet on the issue and Embree is not sure when the group will get together again to discuss Fage's status. She would not speculate on if the riding association would follow the lead of the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Conservative Association in supporting longtime MP Bill Casey after he was turfed from the federal Tory caucus for voting against the federal budget last June.
Provincial association president Scott Armstrong said the two situations are different in that Casey was already the nominated candidate for the federal riding while a nomination meeting has not been held in Cumberland North. When it is held, the premier will not sign the papers allowing Fage to run for the nomination.
He realizes this may lead some executive members to bolt the party to support Fage, but he's hopeful cooler heads will prevail.
"Our goal is to hopefully have only one Conservative candidate running up there," Armstrong said, adding he fully understands the risk of an Independent Fage splitting the Conservative vote and allowing the Liberals or New Democrats to steal the seat. "It would be nice when an election does come not to have any Independents running for the Conservatives. That would split the vote and possibly allow the Liberals to win. That would not be good for our party."
Armstrong said the provincial association is working with the Cumberland North riding association and has talked to Fage as well. While he wouldn't come out and say it, Armstrong hinted things would go much better for the party is Fage did not run.
Fage, however, has already indicated he plans to run as an Independent Progressive Conservative and that stance has not changed.
The Cumberland North riding association will hold its annual meeting in March. There's no date for a nomination meeting.

Organizations: Tory, Cumberland North Progressive Conservative Association, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Conservative Association Conservatives

Geographic location: Cumberland North, AMHERST

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  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:19

    John Buchanan won four elections by successfully clearing out the deadwood prior to each run. Looks like this Embree character is the best friend the NDP and liberals could hope for. Even though Ernie is a nice fellow and has more than paid his dues in the past by having to run in so many elections and being overworked by the frugal Ham ,he is now a liability , more so , on the provincial scene than locally. He has burned the government badly more than once and the outflow of his actions stick to Rodney like fly paper. IN MY OPINION