Changing party allegiance must be answered with by-election, says Colchester North PC candidate

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TRURO – The election battle is heating up in Colchester North.


PC candidate John MacDonald is asking fellow candidates to support his call for legislation requiring a byelection if MLAs cross the floor, or change parties, between elections.

“Karen did it,” said MacDonald, referring to Colchester North MLA and Liberal candidate Karen Casey. “I have concerns … a voter thinks about the party, platform, leader and candidate they want. If (an elected representative) crosses the floor they now work different from the party, platform, leader and candidate that the constituents voted for. The constituents should determine it … it’s their right.”

MacDonald said he “feels strongly” about introducing such legislation, if he were to become MLA, and insists changing political affiliation in between elections is something he wouldn’t do. He added he spoke with PC Party Leader Jamie Baillie “a few months” ago and received his support regarding this issue.

In response, Casey told the Truro Daily News she did not contradict anything in the Nova Scotia Elections Act when she left the PC Party for the Liberals in 2011.

“You have to feel you are respected and your voice is being heard and when those were gone and they were…” it was time for change, Casey said, adding she received strong support from the area’s constituents.

“I had many, many calls from people who said, ‘we support you.’”

Casey, too, believes the role of constituents is vital.

“People vote for me, not the party … and in (the past) many voted for me because of my reputation,” she said.

The provincial election will take place on Oct. 8. The third candidate in Colchester North is NDP representative Jim Wyatt.

Twitter: tdnMonique

Organizations: Colchester North PC, Truro Daily News, PC Party for the Liberals

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Colchester North

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  • Wouldnt B. Good
    September 22, 2013 - 09:24

    A vote for macdonald would be a vote for armstrong and Harper, do we really need anymore of that?

  • north member
    September 19, 2013 - 20:04

    Jeff and Scott were responsible for (running) casey leaving the party so their buddy baily could get acclaimed leader, the only way he would run. funny they would have johnk poke that wasp nest.....don't you think karen looks good in red ?

  • PJ
    September 13, 2013 - 14:14

    Ms. Casey is correct. The people are voting the person, not the party (or should be doing so). The PC has abandoned many people in it's changes over the past few years. It has become the party of the wealthy and anti-enviromental in it's policies. Mr. McDonald is simply trying to enforce voter suppression similar to the actins of the Republican Party in the States.

  • JCR
    September 13, 2013 - 11:26

    Mr. MacDonald is right; MLAs or MPs should not be allowed to cross the floor. What Mrs. Casey did was a slap in the face of the people who voted her in; she would not have had the opportunities afforded her had we not voted her in. Why would we vote for her now - she has lost respect and credibility; if she crossed once, she could do that again. People do vote for the candidate, however, that vote is also for the party and hopefully translates into the government. The many calls she has received declaring support are of course from Liberal supporters. Daah She says you have to feel respected and that your voice is being heard, however, she gave no consideration to the voters who supported her; did she even consider how we would feel when she took the self-serving move to cross the floor; did she even consult with the Colchester North executive or constituents? If she felt it was time for a change then she should have done the honourable thing and quit, run in a by-election, and try to win under the new banner. What Karen Casey did was disappointing and disrespectful. No wonder people have a poor opinion of politicians.

  • Steve Abbey
    September 13, 2013 - 04:46

    And put MORE burden on the backs of us taxpayers? Great idea.

  • Trucker Taylor
    September 12, 2013 - 22:27

    Go Karen go!