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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

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

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, June 15, 2004


Not your father's Tories?

From the middle-of-the-road, middle-of-the-country world that is Manitoba (yes, I realize that it's not quite so geographically), several prominent longtime Progressive Conservatives have taken the tough decision to support the Liberals in this election. According to these ex-Tories, the new Conservative Party is not the Progressive Conservative party that you knew and loved / sneered at / might not have cared for but didn't hate / were totally indifferent to / thought was not half bad. From CTV:
Another group of former Progressive Conservatives -- including a former Tory MP -- have decided to back the federal Liberals.

"We are concerned that people who have supported the tolerant, moderate Progressive Conservative party may be misled by the name of the new Conservative party," the group said in a news release Monday.

"The new party is not the Progressive Conservative party for whom many have worked and voted in the past."

The group of Manitoba Tories includes former MP Rick Borotsik, Violet Motherall, a former party vice-president, and Olive MacPhail, a former co-chair of Joe Clark's 1983 leadership campaign.
In fact, it's actually two former PC MPs. Not only has outgoing Brandon-Souris MP Rick Borotsik jumped to the Liberals, but so has former Winnipeg South MP Dorothy Dobbie, who was out campaigning with former Winnipeg mayor-turned-Liberal star candidate Glen Murray in the CTV report.
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