Veteran Canadian Alliance MP Monte Solberg will be suspended from
caucus today, party sources say, bringing to nine the number
of dissidents who are working on the outside for Stockwell
Solberg is expected to join a rump of eight MPs
who have been suspended for calling on Day to resign.
He acknowledged Friday that he would face suspension after crossing
a line set by a caucus committee that appears to
allow criticism of Day, but not an outright call for
him to step aside. Two other Day critics who have
remained in caucus, Calgary-Nose Hill MP Diane Ablonczy and Red
Deer's Bob Mills, will retain their jobs as health and
environment critics respectively.
Ablonczy largely recanted her call for Day to step aside
following a meeting with the leader Friday.
Mills, in published comments Saturday, said the best way for
a single, small-c conservative option to be forged in this
country would be for both Day and Progressive Conservative leader
Joe Clark to step aside.
However, Alliance party whip Dick Harris said yesterday he had
not seen Mills' comments and said the caucus was "very
pleased" at Ablonczy's determination to continue her role in the
vital portfolio of health critic and work within the caucus. Source.