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Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, August 09, 2002

C'mon Mike, we know you're not in the race

Former Ontario premier Mike Harris says that he'll only run for the leadership of a united right-wing party. This, I think, is Harris's way of saying that he's not in the race for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative party.

As detailed below, Mike Harris has a of of good reasons for not running to replace Joe Clark. Scroll down to the August 8th post for more.

Besides, the Candian right is united under the banner of the Canadian Alliance party. Most, if not all, of the federal Tories have already crossed over to the Alliance, and only 17% of 2000 Tory voters said that their second choice would be the Alliance (2000 Canadian Election Survey.) Unfortunately for the Alliance, its partisans consider it to be a wonderful party. However, it is not a very appealing alternative to the rest of the Canadian electors.

While the Canadian right may be united under the Alliance banner, it's not broadly based enough to win an election -- its growth potential is limited to about 29% of the popular vote, which is far short of what's needed to win a majority government under the Canadian electoral system. Thus, the Tories have a raison d'etre. They believe that they are the party that can lure away disaffected Liberals, and that the Alliance cannot.

And the standoff continues...
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