Observers say UA opponents and supporters are both talking about local mergers because both sides suspect the idea of a national UA party is losing support. Moreover, evidence exists to show the local merger concept may have always been more acceptable to the party’s grassroots. In votes taken at the UA’s Ottawa convention in February, the local merger option finished second to the idea of forming a new national party. But prior to that, 80 Reform riding associations, including 50 in Ontario, had formally elected to approach other local parties in an effort to end vote splitting.
According to Calgary Reform MP Jason Kenney, Reformers must vote yes in the referendum for the local merger option to proceed. “Some people have taken a schizophrenic view about this,” Mr. Kenney says. “They aren’t in favour of continuing the UA process, but they support local riding initiatives. But Reform policy insists the UA
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