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  Spurred by warhorses, B.C. Tories plot a comeback
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Last EditedMonsieur  Dec 28, 2010 04:05pm
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AuthorRobert Matas
MediaNewspaper - Toronto Globe and Mail
News DateTuesday, December 28, 2010 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHe’s back in the game. More than 20 years after resigning as premier of Newfoundland, Brian Peckford, once known as the bad boy of Confederation, has returned to the political arena to help resuscitate the B.C. Conservative Party.

Mr. Peckford, now 68 and living in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, says he does not have any intention to run for office in the next provincial election.

However, he has been traveling to Victoria, Nanaimo and other Vancouver Island cities in recent months to speak at constituency meetings. He has also joined a circle of current and former federal, provincial and municipal politicians who are offering advice to the B.C. Conservative Party on how to set up constituency organizations, raise funds and sign up new members.

Sounding much like the outspoken populist he once was – a scrapper with Ottawa over constitutional reform and offshore oil and fishing – Mr. Peckford said Monday he joined the B.C. party’s advisory committee because he believes the current government was dysfunctional and abandoned those with conservative views. “A lot of people like me feel the same way,” Mr. Peckford said in an interview.
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