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posted 15 November 2003 09:42 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
It is not clear which is the more pathetic — Peter McKay’s willingness to forget a promise not five months old, or David Orchard’s naiveté to believe in a Tory’s word in the first place.

Roll the clock back to June 1 of this year. McKay was in a horse race to secure the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives. David Orchard — maverick left-nationalist leadership candidate in the party — crossed the floor to throw his big bloc of votes to McKay, in exchange for a couple of promises. First, that McKay would re-examine Canada’s commitment to free trade deals signed under both the Tories and the Liberals. Second — that McKay would forego any plans to unite with the neo-conservative Canadian Alliance.

Today, both of those promises have gone up in smoke.

The merger between the Tories and the Alliance is virtually a done deal.

The two parties have prided themselves on their differences over the last 15 years. "We are socially progressive" said the Tories, unlike those red-necks in the Alliance. "We are fiscally conservative" said the Alliance, unlike those Liberals in Tory clothing.

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