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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, August 23, 2002

Mark set to formally join Tories

Inky Mark, MP for Dauphin - Swan River, Manitoba is set to join the Progressive Conservatives at this weekend's convention in Edmonton.

Mr. Mark says that he will join the Tories if the party okays a democratic reform package that he helped pen when he was part of the now-defunct Democratic Representative Caucus. The Caucus, which was a group of Canadian Alliance MP's that left caucus in 2001, fell apart after most members decided to rejoin the Alliance.

While Mr. Mark claims that a majority of his constituents support his decision to join the Tories, but he cites few hard numbers in his press release (link above) . When the press release cites support for his move, it refers to a radio station's Internet poll and a mail-out survey where only about one-quarter of the surveys were returned. Those aren't the most reliable measures. Mr. Mark commissioned a telephone poll of his constituency, but he has only released are his name recognition, and the constituents' opinion of him personally. Could it be that Mr. Mark's constituents don't actually support his move all that much? Naaaah, of course not.

In a radio interview with CKNW's Peter Warren, Mr. Mark said that he could serve his constituents better by being a member of the Tories than as an independent MP. He also hasn't much choice. The Alliance will not renew Mr. Mark's membership, and party leader Stephen Harper has made no effort to welcome back Mr. Mark into caucus.

When asked about Mr. Harper, Mr. Mark said "He made a cooment to the media back in April that he was gonn talk to all the dissidents [about rejoining the Alliance caucus] and I still haven't talked to him yet."

Information about the Progressive Conservatives' 2002 general meeting can be found here.
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