Several Conservatives who were at a recent meeting in the Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe riding attended by Mr. Finley -- and who refused to have their names published -- say he told them they must select a candidate for the next election by March 23, or he would appoint one himself.March 23? Assuming a budget defeat? Or is this a big fakeout? Who wrote this "anonymous letter" to the Globe, anyway?
Some say Mr. Finley indicated that party policy was being developed to appeal to the "Canadian Tire crowd" and earn the support of targeted groups needed to win a majority government.
Some local party members also say Mr. Finley said that the election date would be determined by himself and Mr. Harper -- and perhaps chief of staff Ian Brodie. Others say he indicated that he would work collaboratively with the party's national council.Hmmm...Mini Bush and his chief crony pick the date... or his campaign chairman will work co-operatively with riding chairmen...you decide...:)
As a side note, I'm wondering what constitutes the Canadian Tire crowd, really. I noticed a new one recently at Bay and Dundas in Toronto. Do downtown Torontonian apartment dwellers who shop there constitute Harper's crowd?
Do I? I've got a stash of Cdn Tire money in my kitchen drawer...:)