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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concerns linger about ‘parachute’ candidate

News 07:50 PM by Greg Mercer  Waterloo Region Record|

Tanya Khattra, who lives and works in Alberta, is looking to represent the PC Party in Cambridge. - Image from drtanyakhattra.com

CAMBRIDGE — A local contender has dropped out of the race for the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination in Cambridge, saying he's concerned about a so-called parachute candidate with little connection to the community.

Paul Brown, a former Cambridge city council candidate, has bowed out of the race for what he called personal reasons — but added he was troubled by the candidacy of Tanya Khattra, a Calgary dentist who still lives and works in Alberta.

Khattra is among four people seeking the nomination to represent the PCs in Cambridge and North Dumfries in the next provincial election. Her candidacy in the local race has raised some eyebrows, since until very recently she's had no history of residency or political involvement in this region.

"There were mitigating factors with the parachute candidate," Brown said, explaining his decision to back out. "A riding should be represented by someone who understands the issues of that riding. The rules may allow for it, but it's a personal concern."

Khattra, who has been aggressively signing up new party memberships ahead of a nomination meeting, did not respond to repeated requests for an interview. She's still maintaining office hours at a dental clinic in Calgary, which she owns, and used an Alberta driver's licence when she filed her candidate's paperwork on Sept. 17.

Her passport, used in that same application, lists a Calgary address as her residence, and her cellphone has an Alberta area code. But in her candidate's application, she listed an address on Newport Drive in Cambridge as her home.

The PC party's own rules state that to be eligible to be a candidate, a person must be qualified to sit as a member of the Legislative Assembly under the Election Act — which requires they've lived in the province for at least six months prior to the election.

"She appears to fit the definition of a parachute candidate, and it raises questions as to whether she meets the eligibility criteria to be a candidate," said Jim Karahalios, a riding association member who's leading a led a grassroots effort to give party members more say on PC policy.

"The PC party has to reassure Cambridge PC party members that not only are the rules going to be followed, but that the candidates in the race meet the criteria."

The party's president, Rick Dykstra, said he couldn't comment on any potential candidates until they win the nomination.

"All Ontario PC candidates must meet eligibility requirements, and the party individually vets candidates to ensure they meet these requirements. Until an individual becomes a candidate for our Party, we do not comment on individuals or their background," he said, in an email.

The concerns around Khattra's candidacy blew up earlier this month, when members of the Cambridge riding association complained the central PC party was interfering in the nomination process — bumping up the nomination meeting by a month, and cutting short the time to sign up supporters.

The local nominating committee had already selected Nov. 4 as the day to choose their candidate, but party headquarters overruled that and picked Oct. 4 as the date. Some complained that unexpected decision gave Khattra, who had a lead in signing up new memberships, an unfair advantage.

Facing an uproar from local party members, the party reversed that decision. A new nomination meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Rob Leone, the riding president, has declined to talk about what happened with the nomination meeting, but last week issued a statement saying concerns about a hand-picked parachute candidate were "not based on fact."

But if Khattra wins the nomination, Karahalios isn't sure she'd even be allowed to run in the election.

"If Kathleen Wynne calls a snap election any time in the next six months, and she was the candidate as of Oct. 4, she would have been ineligible to serve," Karahalios said.

Bert Laranjo, Sunny Attwal and Joshua Carron are also seeking the nomination for the PCs in Cambridge. Brown, who said he's now supporting Attwal, said he hopes party members are able to rally around a local candidate.

"Someone who isn't from this area and isn't involved in the community, they're not going to know those issues," he said. "I think someone who is educated about the process would have a problem with that."


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rookie councillor Donna Skelly nominated as Flamborough-Glanbrook PC candidate

1 candidate who wanted the nomination says the experience was 'a whole lot of House of Cards'

By Samantha Craggs, CBC News Posted: Oct 05, 2017 8:25 PM ET| Last Updated: Oct 05, 2017 8:25 PM ET

Donna Skelly will run against a fellow councillor in the Flamborough-Glanbrook riding. This will be Skelly's third election run for the Ontario PC party.

Donna Skelly will run for the Ontario PC party in Flamborough-Glanbrook next year — making it a rare race where two city councillors will face off against each other. They'll also be able to run for council again if neither win.

Skelly, who won a Ward 7 byelection just last year, will run for the Tories in June. Judi Partridge, Ward 15 councillor in Flamborough, will run for the Liberals in the newly redrawn riding.

Skelly said last month that the Flamborough-Glanbrook nomination wasn't an acclamation, and that she'd have to compete for the spot. But at Thursday's meeting, she was the only contender.
■Skelly, rookie councillor, wants to run for PCs in Flamborough-Glanbrook

Nick Lauwers, a mental health therapist, posted to social media in September saying he'd been told to step back, even though he'd been fundraising and signing up members for months. Dan Sadler said the same.

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown issued a statement Thursday welcoming Skelly to the team.

"I congratulate Donna Skelly on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

"Donna brings a wealth of experience to our Ontario PC team," he said. "She currently sits as a local city councillor where she is becoming known for holding council to account on waste. Her dedication to her community has been recognized as the Hamilton Woman of the Year by the YWCA."

This is Skelly's third attempt at a provincial run. The former CHCH-TV reporter took her first run at municipal politics last February and won by 92 votes over a heat of 22 people.

Her closest contender, John-Paul Danko, said he's "strongly considering" running in Ward 7 again.

With the timing of next year's elections, both Skelly and Partridge can run provincially and then for their council seats if they lose. The provincial election is scheduled for June 7, while the municipal election will be Oct. 22.

Skelly said she doesn't see her running against Partridge as being an issue at the council table.

"It would make great headlines, but the truth is she's the ultimate professional, and there's absolutely no issue," she said. "It's very respectful. It's a nice healthy competition."

Skelly's election expenses from last year show that her council run had strong financial backing from local PC party members.

The NDP haven't nominated a candidate in Flamborough-Glanbrook yet.

Another Hamilton PC race has drawn headlines. Two would-be candidates, Vikram Singh and Jeff Peller, are challenging the party in court, asking for a judicial review of what they say was ballot box stuffing at an Ancaster nomination meeting.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ex-MP Ed Holder seeking PC nomination in London West

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press

Friday, October 13, 2017 9:12:39 EDT PM

Ed Holder (Postmedia Network file photo)

Two years after losing his federal seat, former MP Ed Holder is planning a return to politics.

After winning the London West seat twice in federal elections for the Conservatives, Holder, 63, is seeking the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination in the riding.

If Holder clinches the nomination, he’ll run for the seat behind party leader Patrick Brown in the election next spring.

Holder, who was minister of state for science and technology under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, was first elected in 2008. Holder was re-elected in 2011, but lost to Liberal Kate Young in the 2015 federal election.

Thames Valley district school board trustee Jake Skinner also has put his name forward for the PC nomination in London West.

A date for the nomination meeting has not yet been set.

The London West seat is held by New Democrat MPP Peggy Sattler, who won it in a 2013 byelection and retained it the next year.

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Confirmed: Teresa Armstrong, NDP; Eric Weniger, PC
•London North Centre

Confirmed: Susan Truppe, PC

Seeking nomination: Tanya Park, NDP
•London West

Confirmed: Peggy Sattler, NDP

Seeking nomination: Ed Holder and Jake Skinner for PCs

Confirmed: Jeff Yurek, PC


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Postmedia Chair Rod Phillips to seek PC nomination in Ajax

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November 2, 2017 8:56 AM EDT

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TORONTO — Postmedia Chair Rod Phillips will announce plans Thursday to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination in the new riding of Ajax, the Toronto Sun has learned.

Phillips would be yet another high-profile, star candidate for party leader Patrick Brown, who’s already brought Caroline Mulroney on board to run in the riding of York-Simcoe, should he win the nomination.

Provincial parties at Queen’s Park are currently pulling together their teams for what promises to be a hard-fought and contentious election campaign following 14 years of Liberal rule.

Although it’s early days, polling shows Brown’s PC’s out in front of Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.

Ridings such as Ajax will be critical to electoral success in next June’s provincial election because the party that has claimed the suburbs around Toronto in the past has gone on to form the government.

Phillips would bring a wealth of political, government and business experience to Brown’s PC team.

He served as the chief of staff to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman and in the same role to former PC labour minister Elizabeth Witmer. He was president and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. and president and CEO of workplace health and productivity giant Shepell.fgi, now Morneau Shepell.

In addition, Phillips is currently chair of CivicAction Toronto, which brings together business and community leaders to address challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Global Head of Afiniti, an international artificial intelligence company, and chair of the Telus Toronto Community Board.

He also sits on the board of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Phillips is most recently best known as Chair of Postmedia, the largest chain of newspapers and digital media products in the country, including the Toronto Sun and the National Post


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Postmedia chair Rod Phillips tapped as star candidate for the PCs in Ajax

Phillips, chair of the board for the nonpartisan CivicAction urban affairs organization, heads Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper company, owners of the National Post, the Toronto Sun, and the Ottawa Citizen.

Rod Phillips, the chair of Postmedia and former head of Ontario Lottery and Gaming, will run for the Progressive Conservatives in Ajax next spring. (Star file photo)

By Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

Rod Phillips, the chair of Postmedia and former head of Ontario Lottery and Gaming, is running for the Progressive Conservatives in Ajax next spring.

Phillips, chair of the board for the nonpartisan CivicAction urban affairs organization, heads Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper company, owners of the National Post, the Toronto Sun, and the Ottawa Citizen.

As first disclosed by the Star, he will be the candidate to replace lawyer Todd McCarthy, who withdrew his candidacy last month, as the Tory standard-bearer in the redrawn riding of Ajax in the June 7, 2018 election.

The existing riding is known as Ajax-Pickering and has been held by Liberal backbencher Joe Dickson, 77, since 2007.

Dickson defeated McCarthy in the 2014 election with 51 per cent of the vote to the PC candidate’s 29 per cent.

“I only have one job in life and that’s to work seven days a week, around the clock, for my residents in Ajax,” the Liberal MPP said Thursday when the Star informed him who he would be facing off against next year.

The Tories, who have done a lot of polling in Ajax this year, believe things will be different next spring as they try to topple Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.

Phillips, 52, who will step aside from his Postmedia and CivicAction responsibilities, said he wants to be part of the “positive, inclusive” team being assembled by Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown.

“Ajax has been left behind by Premier Wynne and her government. High electricity costs are a burden on families and businesses and discourage new investments from being made here,” he said.

“Commuters are spending more and more time trying to get to and from their jobs and that means less time with family.”

His candidacy is a coup for Brown because the well-respected business and civic leader is widely seen as a potential senior minister in a Tory government.

Close to Toronto Mayor John Tory, Phillips is a centrist with deep ties in the PC party dating back to his campus days at Western University in the 1980s.

But he is also highly regarded by the Liberals at Queen’s Park. Former premier Dalton McGuinty hired him to lead the financial and cultural turnaround at OLG in 2011. He served as president and CEO of the Crown agency until 2014.

OLG, which operates the 800-machine slots at Ajax Downs, is one of the largest employers in the riding.

Phillips was a chief of staff to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman in the first days of the megacity in the late 1990s and was later president of Shepell-fgi, the employee assistance company, now known as Morneau-Shepell.

He brings to Brown’s burgeoning roster of candidates some additional Bay Street heft, joining financial services veteran Peter Bethlenfalvy in Pickering-Uxbridge and high-profile lawyer Caroline Mulroney in York-Simcoe.

Insiders close to the Tory leader said Phillips will be one of the candidates the party will be showcasing at their policy convention in Toronto later this month.

Having not won an Ontario election since 1999, the Tories are eager to demonstrate that they are ready to govern with a slate of electable candidates from all walks of life.

They are also hopeful that an uncontested nomination of Phillips in the next few weeks will put to rest some of the controversial internecine battles that have plagued Brown’s party this year.

There has been serious problems with PC nominations in at least seven of the 124 ridings in the province.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some news from northern Ontario , a former mp is running in Kenora , a riding that will be altered as heavily native areas are getting there own riding to the north , so the new kenora riding may be much easier for the pc's to pick up than in past )

Former Kenora Conservative MP to be Kenora-Rainy River PC candidate in 2018 Ontario election

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Friday, November 10, 2017 4:45:57 EST PM

Greg Rickford is making his return to politics as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River riding in the 2018 Ontario provincial election. File photo

Greg Rickford is making a return to the political game - this time as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River district in the upcoming 2018 Ontario provincial election.

The longtime politician was last heard from in Oct. 2015 when he lost his federal seat in Kenora to Liberal Bob Nault in a tight race. Rickford was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2008 federal election and he served as the Minister of Natural Resources in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet.

Rickford celebrated his 50th birthday on Sept. 24 of this year.

The Kenora-Rainy River nomination meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 in Dryden where Rickford is expected to be announced as the riding's PC candidate, according to multiple sources.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The race to become the Barrie Innisfil pc candidate has taken another unexpected turn , it appeared to be decided months ago when a barrie city councillor ( Doug Shipley ) was running but then he dropped out and the nomination has never been filled and left open for months .

there is still 2 candidates listed Lawrence Virdum and shawn bubel , both virtually unknown in the riding , another city councillor ( morales ) expressed interest and I wasn't aware he was even a tory but appears to never have moved forward on a serious bid

now a new candidate has emerged , a young conservative insider/staffer ( has held various positions with provincial party but only in her mid 20's ) who is from barrie , Andrea Khanjin , somewhat of an unknown but already has a professional website and appears to be running a serious campaign aimed at winning the nomination


this would seem like a riding the pc's really should pick up , it went against a strong liberal trend in the GTA last federal election and historically the pc's almost always win every seat in simcoe county provincially , its surprising its taken so long to find a candidate for the riding
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