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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 5, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A4 July 2002 OPINION 121st Year 164 OUR VIEW Mark giving much thought to future It looks like it will soon be a long way back to the future for Inky The cautious conservative for DauphinSwan RiverMarquette contin ues to consult and contemplate his asso ciation with other politicians around He still sits as an independent and likely will continue in that mode until federal Tories deal with leadership and policy matters in Edmonton next Barring a bizarre shift in direction to the Liberals which would no doubt necessitate a cabinet post or Senate seat he has three He can remain an He can return to the Canadian He can return to the As an Mark has main tained a loose alliance with the He left the Tories to join Reform precursor to the Alliance in When asked about returning to the Stephen Harpers reformed Alliance Mark has been fond of saying You cant go back to the He exited in a huff last year in the middle of the Stockwell Day leadership But he took the time back then to ask constituents before he still appears to be in the middle of a similar He has done a little publicexpense surveying and I have always been a democrat and 1 will let the people Mark Of he also says Through the summer I am hearing people say they will support me whichever way I we are still left to wonder which way will he The betting here is that the next move will be to Joe Clarks BrandonSouris MP Rick himself a tends to If I had to be a betting I would have to suggest Inky will be coming to Mark is weighing comments from constituents and thinking about a Tory reform package linking the party to Alliance policies and What does Inky Mark think Inky Mark will stay an independent until after the August PC convention because Inky Mark needs to know the reform package the Tories have put up will be That ought to tell us the man of poli cies and principles will be likely become Conservative MP 14 by the time Parliamentarians sit again in the Can a politician like Mark really go back to the future Maybe it is just a question of dis LOOKING BACK 3 3ton truck on display at Provincial Exhibition SIXTY YEARS AGO Cameron is president of the Provincial William Davidson vicepresident and Miss Benson British headquarters announced today that the Axis had been driven back in Egypt for the second successive There were 41 births in Brandon in the month of 41 marriages and 22 FIFTY YEARS AGO The largest truck in the world is on display at the Provincial Exhibition this Valued at the truck is 60 feet weights 33 tons and carries a payload of 55 It is powered by a 300 horsepower diesel Each tire costs Sharkey the a 230pound sea lion and one of the best known animals acts in show endeared himself to those who saw the grandstand shows during the Provincial He is one of the feature acts with Ernie Youngs Varieties of Members of the Manitoba Clydesdale club at a special meeting held in the board room at the Provincial Exhibition presented a life membership to one of the bestknown and most high ly regarded of their Mac Brownridge of Portage la FORTY YEARS AGO Machine Row at the Provincial Exhibition was the focal point for 125 farm equipment dealers in Brandon yes terday for the official unveiling of the allnew Cockshutt 431 selfpropelled harvester The machine is said to have the biggest grain handling capacity available to Canadian The bay Chief a surprise to the large crowd when he did nt win the elimination came through as expected to capture the 15th Annual Manitoba Colt Classic at the Provincial Exhibition yesterday after He is owned by Ed McCrae and was driven by Jim A halfmilliondollar addition to Brandon Collegiate is planned for This will include an extension along with renovations of existing THIRTY YEARS AGO The Circle Tour begins this week with all tours leaving from the Manitoba Motor Transit office on 12th The first tour will run from July 5 to 13 and will cover points of interest in and around the city of Brandon each City council last night approved a plan to close Rosser Avenue between 1 Oth and Sixth streets on an experimen tal twomonth basis to create a TWENTY YEARS AGO The Travellers Day which kicked off Homecoming attracted about people along the About people took part in the parade which had 150 Princess Anne arrived in Ottawa to begin her twoweek Canadian tour George Balkwill captured the short est bearded person prize in the centenni al beard growing It was his sec ond try as he was in the citys contest 25 years ago as TEN YEARS AGO A plane will fly 100 tonnes of grain harvesting equipment from Winnipeg to Russia next week as part of a joint ven ture in the former Soviet Union for Western Combine of Portage la Three farmers will accompany the More than 100 Carberry residents and guests turned out today to help open the Seton a tribute to one of the towns most famous renowned artist and naturalist Ernest Thompson From the files of Tlie Brandon CLOSING ww OIESTIONAELE NATIONAL VIEWPOINT Clark rolling the dice again with ChretienMartin battle BY CIIANTAL HEBERT For The Sun OTTAWA Fresh from losing his gamble that Stockwell Day would manage to hang onto the leader ship of the Canadian Alliance and sink his party in the Joe Clark is now set to bet the dwindling Tory chips on Prime Minister Jean Chretien prevailing over Paul Only a month Clark and advisers were openly admit ting that they had squandered a full year trying to rebuild the Progressive Conservative party on the shaky foundation of a handful of Alliance With nothing to show for his coalitionbuilding there were signs Clark might give up his dream of leading his party to a With the Tory leader in a psychological some friends set out to design an exit Clarks consolation prize would have been that he had kept the party standing at one of the most perilous junctures in its Without him at the it is doubtful that the Tories would have managed to hang on to 12 seats in the last elec A Tory byelection victory in Newfoundland in April would also have allowed Clark to both leave on a modest high note and relinquish his seat without imperilling his partys fragile official status in the House of But that was before the rift between Chretien and Martin broke wide once Clark is seeing an opening for for a rare time in his he is cheering on his old foe If the prime minister were to prevail in the upcoming Liberal leadership he would undoubtedly drive Martin out of For Clark and the that would be a winwin A Chretien victory over Martin would remove the Liberal politician most likely to appeal to conservativeminded voters from the These it is safe to assume that more lapsed Tory sup porters are signing up to become Liberals so as to support Martin against Chretien than renewing membership in the Conservative That is certainly happening in Alberta as well as in Ontario and If Chretien were to stay to fight in another election or even if he were replaced by a less formidable successor before some voters might well want to take their dismay over the Martin loss out on the Liberal It is not illogical to think that many of those would turn to the Conservative party because it is the top second choice of Liberal as they often Clarks calculations come with potentially fatal For he is probably overestimating the net impact of Tory gains at the expense of a Martinless Liberal party on his own partys overall If the prime minister does drive Martin such an out come would likely firm up Alliance and Bloc Quebecois sup not the are shutting Tories out of large swaths of the one cant discount the possibility Stephen Harper would also reap some benefit from Liberal Even Clarks hopes involve a major leap of as the odds that Chretien wiU prevail over Martin without serious and lasting damage to himself and his record are getting longer by the it is now clear that when Tories vote on Clarks lead ership at their convention next they will implicitly be endorsing him as the person to lead them in the next It does seem that they will do just For this is a rare case when Clarks bestcase scenario fits many Tories worstcase Clarks sense that Chretien will prevail over Martin is not necessarily widely shared by Tory At least as if not are bracing for a Martin vic Along with the Bloc the Conservative party stands to be the most hurt by a Martinled Liberal party in the next But at least the BQ was not meant to be a permanent fix ture on the political Against Clark might not be able to hold on to more than a handful of essentially in the Atlantic But none of his possible replacements is likely to do much If the Tories were to lose a new leader to such a one can only wonder who would want to come forward to pick up the So it is while Clark wants his party to give him a man date to go on because he thinks he sees some light at the end of the many Tories are likely to let him have his way because they fully expect to collide head on against a Martin wall in the next Chantal Hebert is a national affairs LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Smoke clashes with cleanair right T his letter is in response to the front page article you ran on July 2 Smoker launches attack on In this Darling states that Theyre basically saying the smoker has no rights What rights are we talking about Could it be the right to smoke a substance that you are addicted namely nicotine Then go ahead and but in choosing to smoke in public places you take my rights away from The right to clean When a smoker lights all the people in the area are affected by the not just the I do not choose to inhale the 50 known carcinogenic sub stances in secondhand I do not choose to put my health at risk through I choose not to frequent establishments that allow smoking and I feel that the bylaw is a positive step in ensuring that people are no longer at HEIDI SCHMUDE Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwaiter News Editor The Sun welcomes your signed Please send them to 501 Rosser R7A send us a fax at 7270385 or an email message at [email protected] Include a phone number for We reserve the right to edit for spelling and good BRANDON Q SUN Serving Western Manitoba Since Published Daily except The Brandon Sun is a Division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited 501 Rosser R7A Member of The Canadian Audit Bureau of The Canadian Newspaper Publishers Manitoba Press Canadian Publishers Mail Product Sales Agreement Bill Chester General Manager and Interim Advertising Director Colleen Gabrlelle Business Manager Rudy Redekop President and Publisher The Brandon Sun is a member of the Manitoba Press If you have a complaint about this or any other member please forward it to the Press 1032015 Portage Winnipeg MB R3J ;