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Ned Crossman, who describes himself as a lifelong PC Party supporter, says it has lost his support after kicking MLA Olive Crane out of the opposition caucus.
Some in riding say they won't vote PC now that Olive Crane has been ousted
Unprofessional, childish and ridiculous were some of the words a few residents of the Morell-Mermaid riding used to describe how they felt about MLA Olive Crane’s removal from the opposition caucus.
On Tuesday, the Guardian spoke to several people in Morell, which is part of Crane’s riding, to get reaction from voters after interim Opposition Leader Steven Myers kicked her out of caucus last week.
Myers said she broke a promise that no MLAs would speak with media after a news conference held Thursday in reaction to Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry crossing the floor to the Liberals.
Crane now sits as an independent MLA.
Ned Crossman, who described himself as a lifelong PC Party supporter, was one of the people who disagreed with the decision.
“I think it was pretty mean,” he said.
Crane got the news by phone Friday afternoon and it was a decision that could cost the party votes, at least in her riding, where Crossman said not only is he going to vote for someone other than the PC candidate during the next election, but five others in his family will too.
People think what happened to Crane wasn’t fair, Crossman said.
“I don’t think she deserved it.”
Crossman wasn’t alone as others said they would not vote for the Conservatives in the next election, including Marie Eldershaw, who disagreed with the decision.
“I don’t think there was any need at all,” she said.
Eldershaw said a lot of people in the community were talking about the decision to kick Crane out of caucus and she had heard people say they would vote for an independent candidate if Crane ran in the next election.
“I’m sure they will,” Eldershaw said.
Others in Morell, who didn’t want to be named, voiced similar opinions, including one woman who said she supported the PC Party in the past but didn’t know if she would in the future.
“It was cold,” she said.
Another woman said the entire incident soured her view of politics in general and she would consider voting for an independent candidate.
“It’s opened my eyes,” she said.