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Independent Turner To "Clarify" His Future
Date: Tuesday, November 14 2006
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Oh how I love a good dissident story. 4Canada

Speculation ex-Tory MP to go Green
To reveal `disturbing' conduct by PMO
Nov. 13, 2006. 01:00 AM
SUSAN DELACOURT
OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF


OTTAWA—Garth Turner, the Halton MP ousted from the Conservative caucus, plans to "clarify" his plans about possibly becoming Canada's first Green party MP at a news conference tomorrow.

He also says he has some "disturbing" news to convey about recent messages he's been receiving from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.

The normally forthright Turner, ejected as a Tory MP for alleged indiscretion in his Internet postings, was being cryptic last night about why he'd called a news conference in Ottawa for tomorrow afternoon.

But he was willing to say he was troubled by what Harper's PMO has told him about the reasons for his ouster, and he also said he wanted to discuss his potential future with the Greens.

There's additional speculation that Turner may be giving some kind of boost to Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's campaign to win the by-election in London North Centre.

"I do have some information which I find very disturbing, which I will be releasing on Tuesday," Turner said in a phone interview last night.

"Obviously it's an evolving story. I do want to keep people abreast of this as it unravels. Because it is quite an interesting chapter in Canadian political history and I think it's somewhat uncharted territory I'm in. I'm doing things for the first time here."

Turner has been talking to May ever since he was ejected from the Tory caucus several weeks ago. He hasn't ruled out trading his independent status for the title of Canada's first Green MP.

That would be a huge shot in the arm for the party, giving it the status it needs to appear in televised election debates and daily exposure in the Commons foyer after question period.

Last night, Turner would say only that conversations continue and he'd expand tomorrow.

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