Gadzooks! Democratic Reform British Columbia - which once counted former independent legislator Elayne Brenzinger among its members - is still alive and twitchting. In fact, another minor political party actually wanted to merge with them - this, according to an email sent out by former Democratic Reform policy chair and prospective leadership candidate Robert Allington. Writes Mr. Allington, "Shirley Abraham, the former DR BC Vice President who resigned from our executive to join the BCCP was elected President of the provincial Conservatives at their recent AGM, and has announced that her party has decided to withdraw from further merger or coalition discussions with DR BC." Guess the Liberals and New Democrats can now stop shaking in their boots. Meanwhile, in related news, Democratic Reform will be holding its annual general meeting on November 18 in Sidney, where they will elect a successor to former leader Tom Morino. The following is a complete copy of that email.
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Subject: UPDATE: Merger Proposal from Conservatives. DR BC AGM, Leadership Convention,
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 19:34:10 -0800
From: Robert Allington
To: Joe and Lynn England
UPDATE: DR BC AGM, Leadership Convention, Merger Proposal from Conservatives
TO: Members, friends and contacts,
DEMOCRATIC REFORM BC
FROM: Robert Allington,
Former DR BC Policy Chair
Greetings! A special thank you to everyone who responded to my request for comments on the merger/coalition with the BC Conservative Party. The good news is that a take-over bid by the BC Tories has been averted.
Shirley Abraham, the former DR BC Vice President who resigned from our executive to join the BCCP was elected President of the provincial Conservatives at their recent AGM, and has announced that her party has decided to withdraw from further merger or coalition discussions with DR BC.
The primary reason is apparently the BCCP's unwillingness to consider a name change, or an composite name that reflected a new coalition. Other issues are related to the differences in tax policy. BCCP strongly supports further tax reductions, rather than the balanced DR BC approach.. Shirley apparently fears DR BC would punish successful people for their hard work through taxation, and she opposes our social policy direction.
In general, the response to my mailout suggested that DR BC members and supporters universally rejected the idea of our party being absorbed by the Conservatives. A number of our supporters were, however, prepared to consider a some form of political coalition, which did not involve complete amalgamation.