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Actions of new PC leader must be transparent and in best interest of all

Don’t let writing letters to the editor become a dying art.
Don’t let writing letters to the editor become a dying art.

I am writing this letter with great disappointment.

As a Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative, I have been most interested in the current campaign for a new leader for our party. The candidates who stepped forward all have strong point and plans to offer delegates and the people of Nova Scotia for consideration.

But there is a back story which has now become a glaring and disturbing story. Most party members were aware that the “unofficial” campaign started a long while ago with one of the current candidates making it clear that he wanted to replace the last leader of the our party.  At that time, I had mixed feelings about whether the actions were a sign of someone who would be an aggressive leader or a sign of back room dealings that I wanted no part of.

Since the campaign began, that candidate has broken the rules for leadership campaign on five occasions we are aware of. The latest broken rule was presented by CBC as “Tim Houston campaign event deemed to violate membership rules.”  Others were outlined in the article,  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/tim-houston-campaign-event-deemed-to-violate- membership-rules-1.4789017

Now I have received notice of an event at an upcoming national Conservative Party Convention in Halifax.

“Next Friday, August 24, I’ll be joining Peter MacKay for a concert on Argyle Street with music from Ray Matt & band, brought to you by the Central Nova Conservative Association.” Tim Houston, MLA Pictou East and candidate for the Leadership of the PC Party of Nova Scotia.

When did the federal riding associations start sponsoring one particular provincial candidate? Are all members of the Central Nova Association in favour of this and of having their association funds pay for it? Does any of this violate Elections Canada rules?

Rules or no rules, is this an ethical way to conduct business? Is this an indication of how a government run by this candidate would behave?

I am optimistic that the majority of leadership candidates would be excellent leaders for our party. We owe the people of our province a united party and a leader whose actions are transparent and in the best interest of all.

Submitted by Ken Fraser

Hopewell, N.S.                                                            

Resident of Pictou East and Central Nova Constituency

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