Federal Tories consider adopting provincial cousin-in-law

Federal Conservative house leader John Reynolds has confirmed the party's caucus will be discussing whether to support the new provincial Conservative initiative at their next meeting, which is scheduled for October 1 and 2. In an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Reynolds, who is currently attending the Republican convention in New York, said, "I know there's people who think it should be there and believe we should have a Conservative party in every province of Canada at the provincial level. And our caucus wants to have a full discussion about that at the end of the month."

Mr. Reynolds said the item had been placed on the agenda following a discussion between himself and Conservative leader Stephen Harper. During an interview with Georgia Straight columnist Bill Tieleman, Mr. Reynolds previously threatened to form a provincial Conservative party because of the close connections between the provincial and federal Liberals.

But when asked whether he personally supported this new initiative, Mr. Reynolds told Public Eye "I'd rather not say right now. I am the house leader for the party. And I have to respect what our caucus decision is going to be. But I'll make my decision in caucus. And we'll come out of it as a caucus - unanimous - with a statement on what position we want to take."

Some Conservatives, though, don't seem to want to wait that long. Today, Okanagan Shushwap MP Darrel Stinson announced he would be backing the new provincial party - something Mr. Reynolds said is entirely understandable.

"Every member in our party is free to do what they want to do. And some of our members have provincial Liberals actively out there supporting federal Liberals in the last election."

Mr. Stinson previously attended Unity's 2003 annual general meeting, along with fellow Canadian Alliance MPs John Cummins and John Duncan. Former Pentincton MP Jim Hart was also in attendance.

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British Columbia has no need for a new movement of Federal Conservatism on the Provincial scene. Gordon Campbell (no true Liberal himself) has been far more than successful in his attempts to inflict those sorts of ideas and policies upon the schools, hospitals, and impoverished people of this province. I am honestly surprised that men like John Reynolds and John Cummins do not feel right at home with such an agenda, and I suspect that they only envy the unfortunate fact that a Conservative agenda has been so precisely enacted under the Liberal name.

By Braeden Caley' slogis, there is no need for the Federal Conservatives either as we have the Federal Liberals.

The BC Liberal party is at odds with the federal Conservatives but not the federal Liberals. the policies of the two levels ofg Liberals are broadly similar.

The BC Liberals are socailly liberal party. They are also not a party opposed to the state running things and the expansion of the state.

The BC Liberals do disagree with the federal Liberals most severly on Kyoto and aboriginal issues. The federal Liberals have agreed to adopt the weak and pointless Kyoto acord while the BC Liberals question the point of it. The federal Liberals are patronizing to aboriginal people and work to keep them subjected to the Indian Act. The BC Liberals have made more progress in giving power to First Nations of any government in Canadian history. This progressive aborginal policy is one reason alone why many conservatives would not be at home with the Liberals.

Gordon Campbell is a true Liberal in the Canadian tradition.

This is how Glen Clark won the '96 election. Thanks for the help.

Curiouser and curiouser.....

And just what was Mr. Reynolds doing at the RNC anyway?

To suggest that the BC Liberal Party is "socially liberal" is entirely incorrect. Socially liberal policies promote social equity, fairness, and the collective well-being of the population. On the night of his election in 2001, Gordon Campbell declared BC "Open for Business," and followed up on that promise by ensuring Business was his only true policy priority. On the day of mass protests and student walkouts on January 23rd 2002, he was meeting with the Canadian Alliance caucus in Victoria. BC's Premier is no social liberal, and may well have felt quite at home wining and dining with Mr. Reynolds and President Bush this past week in New York. What WAS Mr. Reynolds doing there anyway?

We already have a conservative party at the provincial level in BC called the BC Liberals. Can`t John Reynolds get that into his brain?

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