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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:06 pm    Post subject: former New Brunswick ndp leader joins pc's Reply with quote

( some odd news out of new Brunswick , the former leader of there provincial ndp party has joined the pc's instead )


Former NDP leader Dominic Cardy joins Progressive Conservatives

Cardy will serve as strategic issues director, Tory Leader Blaine Higgs announced Friday

CBC News Posted: Jan 27, 2017 10:24 AM AT| Last Updated: Jan 27, 2017 10:46 AM AT

Earlier this month, Dominic Cardy, right, said he has a great deal of respect for Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs, left, and would not rule out possibly joining the Tories.



Former NDP leader Dominic Cardy has joined the Progressive Conservative Opposition office as strategic issues director.

Cardy and PC Leader Blaine Higgs made the announcement Friday morning in Fredericton.

Cardy said "most" of his core team of supporters when he was NDP leader are also moving to PCs.


Cardy announced he was resigning as leader of the provincial NDP in a statement released on New Year's Day.

Earlier this month, he said he had been thinking seriously about resigning over the past six months and when he saw Higgs chosen as Tory leader, it made the decision easier.

Cardy said that for him, it's not so much about political parties but ideas, and he has a great deal of respect for Higgs.

Cardy had previously announced his intention to resign after the 2014 provincial election, when the NDP failed to elect an MLA to the legislature.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.3954777


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After resigning over infighting, former New Brunswick NDP leader joins Conservatives


Dominic Cardy will start as the New Brunswick Conservative party's strategic issues director on Monday.

Former New Brunswick NDP Leader Dominic Cardy, seen here in 2014, has joined the provincial Conservative party.


By The Canadian Press

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017


FREDERICTON—The former leader of the NDP in New Brunswick, who resigned earlier this month over party infighting, has joined the provincial Conservative party.

Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs said Dominic Cardy will start as the party’s strategic issues director Monday.

“Dominic and I have always agreed parties are not as important as ideas. Labels can get in the way of doing the right thing,” said Higgs in a statement Friday. “This is the first step in building a coalition of concerned citizens for New Brunswick, reaching beyond traditional party lines.”

Read more:‘Endless internal battles’ prompt New Brunswick NDP leader to resign

Cardy, who was NDP leader for about five years but never won a seat, has said he left that party because he “cannot lead a party where a tiny minority of well-connected members refuse to accept the democratic will of the membership.”



In a statement, Cardy said he worked with the Tories when they were opponents and Higgs had supported NDP-drafted legislation that reduced patronage.

He said he’s eager to improve New Brunswick’s education system and lower taxes in his new role with the Conservatives.

“Mr. Higgs has never wavered in his commitment to make New Brunswick better,” said Cardy.


He will work closely with Higgs and his Official Opposition team “to build a far-reaching coalition of New Brunswickers who share the goal of reforming government,” the statement said.

Cardy announced his resignation on Jan. 1, citing “endless internal battles” within the party.

He has said his platform had been thwarted by party members at both the provincial and federal levels, saying the NDP is “one-stop shop ... whether you like it or not.”

“Limited time and energy is being wasted on infighting before the election,” he said in a statement at the time.

“That contributed to our loss in 2014 as it will in 2018. Those same destructive forces continue their sterile battle, ignoring the will of the party they claim to champion, using language from the 1930s and policies from the 1970s. There is nothing progressive about this behaviour.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/27/after-resigning-over-infighting-former-new-brunswick-ndp-leader-joins-conservatives.html
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