Letters to the Editor
Reality belies the rhetoric of Canadian Alliance attacks on Conservatives
for costing them the seats they coveted in Ontario.
Voters were told by Liberals, Alliancers and the national media they had
to make a choice. Many did, in that there with fewer votes cast both
contenders increased at the expense of the NDP and the Tories.
Had all voters accepted there were only two choices would the anticipated
breakthrough have been made? No evidence supports this but rather the
Some Ontario Riding had no Conservative candidate. But rather than an
Alliance win the Liberal majority increased (Etobicoke North). In others
both Tory and NDP numbers fell but the ratio of increase favoured the
Liberals (Niagara Falls).
Empirical evidence supports the conclusion the aim of both Liberals and
Alliancers. polarizing voters, succeeded.
What Alliance supporters will not accept is that more voters were scared
and voted against them than were drawn to them as a means of ousting
the Liberals- and that had Conservatives run no candidates their margin
of loss would have been greater.
This uncomfortable reality cannot be changed by scapegoating others.
5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
December 5, 2000
Former Tory lambastes PC leader in letter
OTTAWA - Brian Pallister, the new Canadian Alliance MP seen as a
potential mediator with the Tories, says he blames Joe Clark for
preventing the Alliance from making a breakthrough in Ontario.