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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Kellie Leitch to face nomination race in Simcoe Grey Reply with quote

( we haven't heard much of this mp since she ran for the cpc leadership and lost , now it appears she'll face a nomination challenge within her own riding of Simcoe Grey , which remains a relatively safe conservative riding even though its close to Toronto )

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Challenger for Tory Nomination in Simcoe-Grey
Simcoe-Grey | by Mariane McLeod

Dr. Gillian Yeates is looking to unseat MP Dr. Kellie Leitch.

There could be an election battle in at least one of the ridings in our area even before the next federal vote in 2019.

New rules from the federal Conservatives could lead to more nomination fights. Anyone who has the support of 50 current members of the party can try for the nomination, even against a sitting MP.

In Simcoe-Grey, there is at least one challenger to Dr. Kellie Leitch.

Dr. Gillian Yeates, an obstetrician in Collingwood, has asked on her facebook page for people to join the Conservative party so they can support her attempt at the nomination. There's no word yet on whether she has enough signatures to force the challenge.

Leitch won Simcoe-Grey by about 5-thousand votes in 2015, and came sixth in the Conservative Party leadership race over the summer.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there appears to be at least 2 other candidates already planning to run for the nomination , Leitch has also yet to confirm she plans to even run again )

Essa mayor, Collingwood OBGYN to challenge Kellie Leitch

Terry Dowdall, Gillian Yeates plan to apply to be nominees

News 05:00 PM by John Edwards  Collingwood Connection|

It appears Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch will have competition for the Conservative Party nomination for the 2019 federal election.

Terry Dowdall, deputy warden for the County of Simcoe and Essa Township mayor, as well as Dr. Gillian Yeates, an OBGYN from Collingwood, will be throwing their hats in the ring.

The party’s nomination procedure allows individuals to become candidates for the nomination as long they submit a nomination form by Dec. 15. Those interested must include a petition featuring 50 names of current party members who live in the riding.

Dowdall is in his second term as Mayor of Essa after having served seven years as deputy mayor. Dowdall operated the Baxter Corner Store for 20 years. He is married with two children.

“As mayor of Essa Township and deputy warden of the County of Simcoe, I’ve got my ear to the ground of the concerns, in the County of Simcoe,” he said in an interview with simcoe.com. “I have the interest of helping the people and representing the people. I think we need a strong party going into the 2019 election.”

Yeates graduated from Harvard University where she played on the varsity hockey team and attended medical school at Dalhousie. She operated a practice in Collingwood since 2000.

Yeates said she wants to see the party run on a platform that focuses on acceptance and equal opportunity for people.

“I feel strongly there needs to be changes and changes on how we are addressing our public and presenting ourselves as a country,” she said. “Sometimes there is something that says this is a need, and this needs to change and that’s why I am doing it.”

Yeates said the timing for her is good as both her kids are older and she has the opportunity to bring someone else on to her practice.

“The one thing I wouldn’t do is leave my patients without appropriate care,” she said.

Yeates said she would make a good candidate because she’s a good listener and is aware of the challenges faced by residents of the riding.

“I listen and I have a responsibility to the people of this area,” she said.

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