I never said that

Progressive Conservatives belong in a bygone era

On your Letters page (The News, May 17), Mr. Hawkes wrote “As the president of the Parksville-Qualicum riding association has recently stated …he ‘wishes the party (BC Conservatives) was running under the Reform banner.’” 

I hasten to repudiate the words attributed to me by Mr. Hawkes. They were neither written nor said!

In a personal e-mail exchange with him (he is a member (at last count) of the BC Conservative Party) I exchanged some views on current matters. He had written me about matters of concern to him and I replied as was my responsibility.

As a distant aside, I mentioned that I was a Conservative from the federal Reform stream and favored that name for political purposes. An entirely personal viewpoint.

My exact words were “Coming from the federal Reform party I would dearly love to see that name used by us and perhaps that will change, in future, as the outcome of discussion and debate, something that will be a very strong feature of our party.” That is very different in every sense from what Mr. Hawkes wrote.

I personally think reforms are badly needed in B.C. and that particular word conveys a useful message. Parties change names. The BC Liberals are said to be considering one themselves.

As to Mr. Hawke’s’ other remarks and his pining for a defunct federal Progressive Conservative party — one of a bygone age — I salute his persistence.

Nestor Gayowsky


Parksville-Qualicum Constituency

BC Conservative Party

Qualicum Beach


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