The Sun articles moved Joe Hueglin, former PC MP, PC party
Ontario riding president and publisher of the Conservative/Communications/Net
Daily Digest, to publish the following comment the same day,
August 2, 2002:
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Let's analyze what the unnamed "High-ranking Tories" have said
to their media attack dogs to-day:
"Tories working to oust Clark fear David Orchard, an anti-free
trade activist, is attempting to take over the Conservative party
and transform it into a socialist one."
Has the threat to the Party been from those with a "socialist"
bent? A term that includes me I guess in that I was recently called
a "crimson" Conservative?
It has been from "principled conservatives" whose aim is to "unite
the right" at any cost to the Party.
"High-ranking Tories estimate Orchard has about 250 followers
attending the convention, all of whom have been instructed to vote
for Clark in the confidence vote.
But that's not enough support to guarantee the 50% plus one vote
needed to avoid a leadership race. Clark has not said what level
of support he requires to stay on as leader."
Let's assume there are 1,250 delegates. Deducting the 20% who
they fear are going to take over the Party leaves 1,000 delegates
unaccounted for, right?
The anonimi by stating "But that's not enough support to guarantee
the 50% plus one vote" are predicting its questionable whether 37.6%
of the untainted delegates will vote No and give the Leader a bare
50% + 1.
You do the math... I'm lousy at it... but I think there's wishful
thinking involved, or a desire to impress those not yet of firm
As to "Clark has not said what level of support he requires to
stay on as leader"? This is a downright inexactitude, aimed at establishing
a goal post at 66% or 70 or ?.
"A lot of Tories are very angry at the pact," said a former Clark
supporter who is now working to oust him. "Without David Orchard,
Joe Clark would be dead."
This unnamed "former Clark supporter" speaks of the pact that
"A lot of Tories are very angry at."
Have you heard the details of the pact or indeed of the pact itself?
Are you "angry" at the "pact" or at those who are prepared to
raise the boogymen of socialism and secret pacts?
As you can gather I am angry and any other adjective you wish
to add and that comes to mind.
Let those who speak of pacts produce them
Let the come forward from behind their closed doors
Let them state their positive alternatives to our Leader
Or . . . Last night someone asked me if I was running for an office,
apparently he'd heard I was.
This was my answer:
As things stand the Daily Digest enables me to present
views without let or stay from anyone. Elected, independence would
Though I am just a trooper in the Party whoever the anonimi are
will have me marked after to-day, particularly after I refer you
to another talk of a "pact" that was of a similar nature but which
had devastating consequences.
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