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wmale20
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posted 08 June 2004 11:46 PM      Profile for wmale20     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
LIBERAL RIDING ASSOCIATION THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND NDP
Last Updated Tue Jun 8 15:45:08 2004

BRAMPTON-- A Liberal riding association in Brampton, Ont., has rejected a candidate appointed by Paul Martin and thrown its support behind the riding's New Democratic Party challenger.


Ruby Dhalla

The Liberals in Brampton-Springdale, northwest of Toronto, were outraged when Martin cancelled their nomination vote by appointing Ruby Dhalla as the local candidate.

Their riding association executive responded on Sunday by withdrawing its support for Dhalla, and voting to back local NDP candidate Kathy Pounder.

Riding association vice-president Raj Jhajj said Martin's decision to override a nomination meeting has left many local Liberals bitter and disappointed.

"Saying something against Liberal party for me is like saying something against my religion," said Jhajj, who has been a Liberal since he settled in Canada 13 years ago.

However, "we had no choice," he said on Monday as he campaigned for Pounder. "If someone throws you out of the house, what you're going to do? You can sleep at the neighbour's house."

While the majority voted against supporting Dhalla, the riding association's president was among those in favour of backing Martin's handpicked candidate.

"It's bad," said Vicky Dhilon. "We are Liberal and, as a Liberal riding association, we should support the Liberal [candidate]."

Jhajj said the rebel executive members have not abandoned the party, but are merely expressing their unhappiness with Martin's decision.

"We are loyal to the Liberal party," he said. "We support the Liberal party in all the other ridings.

Written by CBC News Online staff


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thwap
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posted 08 June 2004 11:48 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post
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flotsom
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posted 08 June 2004 11:50 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
It's probably too late for them to ask for the money back. Our party could use it.
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Aric H
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posted 09 June 2004 12:03 AM      Profile for Aric H     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Most people could not have imagined last December that there would be so much revolt and rebellion against Martin in the Liberal party and that so much infighting would lead to so many implosions.
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Guêpe
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posted 09 June 2004 12:14 AM      Profile for Guêpe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Aric H:
Most people could not have imagined last December that there would be so much revolt and rebellion against Martin in the Liberal party and that so much infighting would lead to so many implosions.

Actually I saw it coming. I didn't imagine it to this extent so soon (as I didn't forsee the sponsorship scandal and them slipping this much by now!) but I know alot of Liberals who voted for Martin supported him ...etc but only did so because to do otherwise would have gotten them nowhere in the party.

But these people resent the tactics used by the Martinites didn't like them...etc. And as such were largely prone to revolting when things started to go bad.

But yeah I was expecting this type of infighting eventually (was thinking more along the lines of after the election though when ppl didn't get into cabinet).


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HellofaSandwich
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posted 09 June 2004 12:14 AM      Profile for HellofaSandwich   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Awesome. More progressives from the Liberal party should follow suit.
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radiorahim
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posted 09 June 2004 12:36 AM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Excellent news!

The 905 belt around Toronto does need to have more attention paid to it if the NDP hopes to form a government some day.

There are lots of working class folks who moved there simply because it was the only place they could afford to buy a house. They face long commutes every day to work, abysmal public transit and traffic congestion, lack of public services etc.


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skdadl
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posted 09 June 2004 11:13 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Very interesting.

This could be the start of something ... well, bigger than I had imagined.


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audra trower williams
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posted 09 June 2004 11:16 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
moving this to the election forum ...
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