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Jim Hnatiuk

Hnatiuk to stay as CHP leader

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Despite seeing his vote county shrink the leader of the Christian Heritage Party plans to stay on the job as long as the party wants him.

Jim Hnatiuk picked up just 375 votes in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley in last week's federal election, which was less than the 778 he received in the 2009 byelection that saw Conservative Scott Armstrong returned to Ottawa with a greater share of the vote than two years ago.

"Every three years the party can challenge the leadership so in March of next year if someone wants to challenge it will go into a leadership race. I said I would stay on and I was asked to stay on by the national board at the last meeting," he said. "I said I would stay on as long as I can. Still, that doesn't mean my leadership can't be challenged."

The result in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley was played out across the country as Christian Heritage Party candidates saw their vote support decline. Hnatiuk said that occurred as a result of the big push by the Conservatives in the final days of the campaign to offset the growth of the NDP and get a majority.

"I looked at some of the results and saw that the number of votes dropped. I think the Conservatives made such a push to get their majority that some of our supporters turned around and said 'let's give them their majority and see what they can do.' "

He said the party will spend the next four years or so building and. feels it will be in much better shape next time Canadians go to the polls.

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Published on May 8, 2011 ; Darrell Cole

Source: Truro Daily


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