A Conservative riding executive in northern Nova Scotia is refusing to resign over its contentious nomination of ousted MP Bill Casey and instead will seek a new mandate from local members.
Scott Armstrong, president of the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley riding association, says national council president Don Plett told the board members today they could either choose a different candidate or resign.
But he says the board will do neither, and instead will hold an annual general meeting next month to let local members voice their opinion.
Armstrong says the board still wants Casey as the candidate, and he expects local party members will agree at next month's meeting.
Harper's "my way or the highway" approach has led to more acrimony. Maybe we will have two Conservative candidates in the next election? I find this whole affair amusing, because all Harper had to do was offer an olive branch to Casey, in the new agreement aftermath, and he would be well on his way to repairing the damage in Nova Scotia. Instead, the political tin ear, with a dash of vindicative stubborness, has undermined any agreement, and ensured future embarrassment for the Conservatives. Self-inflicted wound.