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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a candidate in Niagara falls has been disqualified for inapproiate social media posts )

Strange KO'd by PC Party

By Grant LaFleche, The Standard

Thursday, November 23, 2017 6:21:21 EST PM

Mike Strange.

As far Mike Strange is concerned, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario can keep its 10 dollars.

Strange — a Niagara Falls city councillor who worked on past PC party campaigns, including the campaign of former MPP Bart Maves, and sat on the executive of the Niagara Falls PC riding association — is giving up his party membership.

On Thursday, Strange received an email from party executive director Bob Stanley informing the former Olympian that he will not be permitted to stand for the PC Party nomination in Niagara Falls.

“I regret to inform you that after examination of you [sic] social media activity and other information the Provincial Nominations Committee after due deliberation of all the materials presented has determined that your application to seek the nomination in the above noted riding has been declined,” said Stanley’s email.

“I’m turning in my membership. They can keep their 10 bucks, too,” Strange said Thursday afternoon. “I certainly don’t think it is fair to not let me run. Let me bring in more members to the party. If I lose, then I lose and I will stand behind the winner.

“I guess I didn’t realize party politics is this dirty,” he said.

Party president Rick Dykstra said Strange was given “every opportunity” to explain some material on his Facebook page at a meeting last week attended by Strange, Stanley and Dykstra.

Ultimately, Dykstra said, the party found some of Strange’s social media posts to be problematic. Dykstra declined to specify what content the party found to be disqualifying.

Strange’s disqualification comes after an anonymous package containing “opposition research” was left in an unmarked envelope on his doorstep in October. A copy of the package was also sent to the PC party.

The package claims Strange is unfit to represent the party, contained a CBC story of an impaired driving charge he was acquitted of in 2001 and several photos pulled from his Facebook account, many of which were taken when Strange owned a bar in Niagara Falls.

Some of the photos show him dressed up in costumes for Halloween at his bar and in one photo someone with Strange is holding what appears to be a joint.

One picture, taken on Strange’s cross-Canada BoxRun tour to raise money for cancer research, was taken with former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, one of many mayors Strange met with during the tour.

“A photo with disgraced mayor Rob Ford doesn’t shine in good fashion as a candidate,” the anonymous author of the package wrote under the photo.

The photos with non-Tory politicians — including Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop — are used to question Strange’s “party loyalty.”

Strange posted the contents of the package on a website in October saying he had nothing to hide and wanted to get in front of the issue. The website, which used the PC Party logo, was taken down after Dykstra told Strange it wasn’t helping.

“It’s a direct attack on the party,” Dykstra wrote to Strange in an October text message about the website. “Take it down. Don’t say the party kicked you out and use the logo. If you guys thought this would help it’s done the opposite.”

The author of the package has never identified themself publicly.

In the October text message exchange, however, Dykstra appears to suggest both he and Strange know who was behind it.

“We both know who is attacking u and ur character and it’s not the PC Party of Ontario,” Dykstra wrote.

Strange says he does not know for sure who sent the package. In an interview Thursday, Dykstra said he has “no direct knowledge” about the identity of the package’s author. He said his text message was intended to convey to Strange that the party was not behind it.

Dykstra said anonymous attacks on candidates or potential candidates are becoming commonplace in party politics, and that putting the package together and dropping it off at Strange’s home was “pretty low.”

“These days people can hide behind anonymous Twitter accounts or anonymous packages,” he said. “If you really believed that someone was not fit to be a candidate or hold office, then put your name behind it instead of hiding.”

Nevertheless, Dykstra said once the party leadership had the package, it was obligated to review its contents and make a decision.

Strange, believing the package to be a smear campaign to prevent him from competing for the riding nomination, said he wanted to run for the PCs because he believes they are a credible alternative to the governing Liberals and the NDP.

He finally decided to run for the nomination after being encouraged to do so by local Tories.

Strange said disqualifying him on the basis of his social media posts, which he does not regard as being offensive, is unfair. The party members should decide the matter for themselves, he said.

“When I met with them last week, they were hinting I should step down (from the nomination),” he said. “I told them I wasn’t quitting. I have nothing against the Niagara Falls riding, this is an issue with the party.”

Strange says he doesn’t know what he will do now. With no means of appeal, he is trying to determine if he will run provincially at all.

“I love city hall, and I think we are doing a good job as a council, and maybe that is where I should stay,” he said. “I could jump to another party or run as an independent. I don’t know.”

The Niagara Falls PC riding nomination meeting is scheduled for Dec 12. So far, Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Chuck McShane, former president of the Niagara Home Builders Association, is the only approved candidate, Dykstra said.

However, people interested in running have until midnight Thursday to submit their applications. Dykstra said any submissions will be vetted before they can stand for the nomination.

The Niagara Falls riding is not the only one causing issues for the Tories.

Several ridings have been hotly contested. In Hamilton, police have launched a fraud investigation into some Tory officials connected to the disputed Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas riding nomination in May.

Dykstra said the intensity of the current nomination process is unique by his experience.

“I have learned one thing; there is nothing like a family contest to turn something into a dispute,” he said.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( news has just broke that Toronto city councillor Minnan Wong plans to run for the Ontario pc's in Don Valley east , where he'll face incumbent liberal Michael Coteau )

Councillor Minnan-Wong to seek Ontario Tory nomination for 2018 election

Toronto’s Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong is seeking the PC nomination in the riding of Don Valley East.

After 24 years as a Toronto councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said it is time for a change, both for him and at Queen’s Park where the Liberals have governed since 2003.

By Betsy PowellCourt Reporter

Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong is the latest city councillor poised to try and make a move to Queen’s Park in next year’s provincial election.

“I’ll be putting my name forward as a candidate in Don Valley East,” the councillor said Thursday during a break from a council meeting.

The boundaries of the provincial Don Valley East riding encompass all of Minnan-Wong’s council Ward 34.

After 24 years as a city councillor, Minnan-Wong said it was time for a change, both for him, at this stage in his career, and at Queen’s Park, where the Liberals have governed since 2003.

“I’m excited for what Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs are offering. Patrick’s young, energetic, he’s hard working.” Minnan-Wong also endorsed Brown early on in the Tory leadership race.

“When he talked to me then, he told me he wanted to make the party more diverse, and modern and moderate and as a elected official in Toronto, that really did appeal to me. That’s why I supported him and he’s done very well in accomplishing those goals.”

The council veteran said he is impressed with Brown’s platform, The People’s Platform, which his offering tax cuts, money for daycare and dental-care policy for seniors. He also likes the Tories’ promise to take over the capital and maintenance costs of the TTC.

“It’s a compelling platform that I think has a lot of appeal in Toronto,” Minnan-Wong said. “As a father of three young children, all under the age of 6, I understand how hard it is to live in the city of Toronto.”

The 53-year-old politician, one of council’s most notorious penny pinchers, said it’s a difficult decision to leave city hall.

“I think I’ve made a significant contribution, but it’s time for a change. (Premier) Kathleen Wynne is past her best-before date. The rot has set in.”

Minnan-Wong said he has not decided whether he will leave council during the provincial election campaign. Under Ontario law, municipal councillors do not have to resign their seats if they run provincially.

“I have to win the nomination first,” he said. The party has to set a nomination date. “I have informed the riding president that I intend to seek that nomination and I hope the meeting date will be set fairly soon.”

Conservative insider and commentator Amanda Galbraith said Minnan-Wong’s move is a big political pickup for Brown.

“Denzil is the kind of star candidate you want to see step up and run if you’re looking to form government,” she said Thursday.

She called him an interesting blend of conservatism.

“As public works chair he brought in the first separated bike lanes in the city of Toronto and at the same time he's one of the most vocal advocates for keeping taxes low and limiting the size of government.

Minnan-Wong follows a growing number of councillors looking to make a leap onto the provincial scene.

Councillor Chin Lee (Scarborough Rouge-River, Ward 41) who has been nominated for the Liberals in the redrawn riding of Scarborough North, and Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East). She is running for the Grits in the new riding of Don Valley North in the June 7, 2018 election.

Last year, former Scarborough councillor Raymond Cho became the Scarborough Rouge-River Tory MPP after winning a byelection.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McShane to be acclaimed Falls PC candidate

By Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review

Monday, December 11, 2017 4:05:53 EST PM

Chuck McShane will be acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the provincial Niagara Falls riding during a nomination meeting Tuesday.

Murna Dalton, president of the PC Niagara Falls riding association, said three people submitted applications to the party to be considered a candidate.

One person withdrew, another — Niagara Falls Coun. Mike Strange — was “not considered a qualified candidate” — leaving McShane, a Niagara-on-the-Lake resident and long-time businessman.

Strange was notified by the party last month that he would not be permitted to stand for the PC party nomination in the riding, which also includes Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, due to some material on Strange’s Facebook page they deemed to be problematic.

Dalton said the riding association is “pretty pleased” McShane wanted to run.

“He’s been a long-time supporter and worker in the party,” she said.

“He’s been a party member since 2001, and … he was president of our local riding association back in 2014. He’s knocked on doors, he’s put up signs, he’s been one of your good basic campaign workers for years for us.”

Dalton said most people in the party are happy because they know McShane, and know him to be a “good Tory.”

“We also think he’s good because he’s got a lot of contacts,” she said.

“He’s worked with the Ontario Home Builders Association — he was member of the year once for them. He’s Niagara Home Builders Association past president three times, so he’s done a lot of work in that area.”

McShane spent time as a volunteer with the Niagara-on-the-Lake fire department, and has done a lot of charity work, said Dalton, such as helping to raise money for the Steve Ludzik Foundation, which raises funds for the Parkinson’s rehab clinic at Hotel Dieu Shaver, as well as the Hockey Night in St. Catharines fundraiser that raised money for the United Way.

She said McShane will attend a training session and caucus meeting.

“He’s jumping in right away from that point of view in terms of understanding the new policy platform that’s come out …coming to know that very well and particularly how it applies here in Niagara, and just pulling his campaign team together now,” said Dalton.

“It’s kind of all happening fairly quickly as these things do.”

McShane said he still can’t believe he’s about to become the party’s candidate.

“I don’t think it’s actually going to hit me until probably Wednesday sometime,” he said.

“It’s just a different feeling — something I never expected in my life. I grew up in foster homes all my life, and I never finished Grade 9. I’m just so fortunate with the life that I’ve had, through hard work and my … wife, all we’ve done together to actually be in this position.”


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Former councillor seeking PC Party nomination in Essex

Former Kingsville councillor and firefighter Chris Lewis is seeking the Ontario PC Party nomination for Essex.

Kelly Steele, Windsor Star Kelly Steele, Windsor Star

Published on: December 30, 2017 | Last Updated: January 1, 2018 5:50 PM EST

Former Kingsville councillor and firefighter Chris Lewis is seeking the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party nomination for Essex.

Chris Lewis, a former Kingsville councillor and firefighter, hopes to become the Ontario PC Party candidate for the riding of Essex in the upcoming provincial election. Dan Janisse / Windsor Star

“I’m doing this to serve the community,” Lewis said. “I have a history of wanting so badly to make things better. My fire department history and my four years on council were great but there’s still a fire in my belly that says, ‘How can we make Essex better in every corner?’”

Lewis, 41, told his supporters at Vernon’s Tap and Grill in Kingsville on Saturday that if he received the nomination he would focus on getting Highway 3 widened, fast-forwarding the mega-hospital and tackling the issue of social housing.

“Social housing is going to be a huge issue,” he said. “How do we get faster for all of our residents? For our seniors? For those mothers that are just having a tough time? Those are all very important things.”

For Lewis in his political career one of the proudest moments was pushing for Hockeyville in 2008. Kraft Canada, along with CBC and the NHL, held a Canada-wide contest for communities that believe they embody the spirit of hockey and hometown pride.

“Hockeyville turned Kingsville into an absolute party,” he said. “I’ve never been involved in something so large and for Kingsville to be number two in all of Canada was fantastic. That was just one of the many things I was involved in but probably my favourite.”

Lewis still needs to go through the vetting process by the PC party. If he’s successful he will then be able to run in the June 7 election.

The vetting process delves into a candidate’s employment, family and political background. It also asks whether the would-be candidate has ever been convicted of – or even charged with – a crime, whether they have ever declared bankruptcy and whether they have had any other legal issues.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the pc's nominated a candidate in Hamilton centre although she'll face an uphill challenge as its held by the ndp leader )

Hamilton Centre Tories acclaim Dionne Duncan to take on NDP leader Andrea Horwath

News Jan 14, 2018 by Kevin Werner  Stoney Creek News|

Hamilton Centre provincial Tory candidate Dionne Duncan

The Hamilton Centre provincial Tory riding association acclaimed Dionne Duncan as its candidate Jan. 14 at the Hamilton Public Library. She will challenge Hamilton Centre MPP and NDP leader Andrea Horwath in the June 7 Ontario election. - By Kevin Werner, HCN

The Hamilton Centre Progressive Conservative provincial riding association acclaimed Dionne Duncan on Jan. 14 as its choice to carry the party’s banner into the June election against NDP leader Andrea Horwath.

“This is an honour. This is a happy day,” said Duncan, 44, who is from Mississauga, but will be relocating to Hamilton soon.

“I love Hamilton,” said Duncan, who has family that lives in the city. “I see a lot of hope in Hamilton. I see a lot of spirit in Hamilton.”

Duncan, who graduated with a PhD in Health Policy Management from the University of Toronto, is attempting to unseat Horwath, who has represented most of the area since 2004 (there was riding redistribution in 2007). In the 2014 election, she easily won re-election collecting 18,699 votes, compared with the Liberal candidate Donna Tiqui-Shebib’s 8,450 votes and the Tory candidate, John Vail who had 5,136 votes. The Liberals have not yet announced a candidate to face Horwath.

Duncan, who isn’t deterred by past political results, said, Hamiltonians have problems within the community that have been forgotten or ignored, including a health care crisis with patients sitting in hallways for days waiting for a room or a physician.

“Why? Because nobody is handling the issue properly,” she said.

She supports the increase to the minimum wage, but only if it is increased to $15 per hour on a gradual basis. The Liberals are proposing to add another dollar to the $14 per hour minimum wage on Jan. 1, 2019. The Tories have stated they would ease the increase over a number of years.

Duncan said the increase to $14 from $11.60 on Jan. 1, 2018 was too fast, too soon. She said the result is part-time employees in the restaurant business, such as at Tim Hortons, are feeling the brunt of employers having to recoup their higher labour costs in other ways.

“I don’t think it was thought out,” she said. “(The increase) needs to make sense.”

Locally, Duncan supports Tory leader Patrick Brown’s decision to provide the $1 billion in capital funding to Hamilton for its light rail transit system, but only if the city wants it.

But for Hamilton Centre residents and businesses, who will feel the brunt of the project’s construction when it is scheduled to begin in 2019, Duncan said they need to be heard.

“There are issues,” she said. “You can’t just come with a band aid solution. They need a voice.”

Duncan, who is of Guyanese descent, and is the general manager of the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association, said she has been a Tory since the days of supporting former Tory MPP Isabel Bassett, who served from 1995 to 1999, and former Ontario premier Bill Davis.

She praised Brown for venturing into Ontario’s diverse communities since becoming the party’s leader and seeking their support.

“Nobody went to them over the years,” she said. “Nobody asked for their opinion.”

As a woman of colour, she wanted to “show the party has multiple backgrounds (and) different types of people."

“I’m glad the PC party recognizes a face like mine," said Duncan. "It’s different from the past. I too am the face of the party.”


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( news of a nomination meeting in northern Ontario although doesn't say who potential candidates are )

New riding’s founding and candidate nomination meeting to be held in Kap

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:34:03 EST AM

KAPUSKASING – The founding and candidate nomination meeting of the Mushkegowuk-James Bay Ontario PC Constituency Association will take place in Kapuskasing on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

“We have worked diligently for a number of months to ensure that both associations have a solid foundation in the lead up to the election,” said Robert Manseau (Timmins-James Bay President). “Several individuals have already put their names forward to become founding members. Their energy and enthusiasm is a recognition of the need for change in both ridings.”

Following the founding meeting, the newly formed Mushkegowuk-James Bay Ontario PC Constituency Association will nominate a candidate for the 2018 General Election.

Members in good standing are eligible to vote.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Kapuskasing Golf Club.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the pc's have a legitimate star candidate in the 416 , although I kind of wish he was running in Don Valley West against wynne herself , I think she's more vulnerable than people realise , he still faces a tough liberal candidate in Michael Coteau )

Patrick Brown‏Verified account @brownbarrie · 40m40 minutes ago

Proud to welcome long time City Councillor and Toronto’s Deputy Mayor @DenzilMW as our star Ontario PC candidate in the riding of Don Valley East. Love the energy and optimism for change in the City of Toronto! #onpoli

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Minnan-Wong is acclaimed PC candidate in Don Valley East

January 20, 2018

Michael Coteau

Denzil Minnan-Wong

Khalid Ahmed

Denzil Minnan-Wong has been acclaimed as the PC candidate in Don Valley East to contest the riding against MPP Michael Coteau. Minnan-Wong is the long-standing member of City Council for Ward 34. The NDP has an unnominated prospective candidate in Khalid Ahmed. Don Valley East sits between Leslie St and Victoria Park Ave. It has been represented by Mr. Coteau since 2011. Minnan-Wong, a deputy mayor, received the nomination at a meeting held in the riding on Saturday morning. The Ontario general election is June 7, 2018.


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Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong acclaimed as PC candidate for Don Valley East

Denzil Minnan-Wong

Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:00AM EST

Toronto’s deputy mayor has been officially acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative party candidate in the riding of Don Valley East.

Denzil Minnan-Wong received the nomination at a meeting held in the riding on Saturday morning.

His uncontested nomination comes about six weeks after he first announced his intention to run.

“I congratulate Denzil on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Don Valley East. Denzil makes an excellent addition to our already experienced and diverse Ontario PC team,” Tory leader Patrick Brown said in a statement released following the nomination meeting. “A champion for lower taxes, responsible spending, and accountable government, Denzil fought tirelessly for Canada’s first municipal Auditor General in the City of Toronto. Denzil also advocated for the development of a downtown bike lane network and helped to rescue Toronto’s bike share program.”

Minnan-Wong has served on Toronto city council since 1998. He is currently one of Mayor John Tory’s four deputy mayors, each of which represents a specific area of the city.

The Ontario election is scheduled to be held on or before June 7


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Valley East was a riding I fully expected the Liberals to retain;
Being able to secure a candidate like Denzil Minnan-Wong is a huge coup for Brown.

A riding that shouldn't have been in play is now in play.
Its a lot like Kenora—Rainy River which had been an incredibly safe NDP riding being in play largely because the PCs were able to get Greg Rickford to run.

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cosmostein wrote:
Don Valley East was a riding I fully expected the Liberals to retain;
Being able to secure a candidate like Denzil Minnan-Wong is a huge coup for Brown.

A riding that shouldn't have been in play is now in play.
Its a lot like Kenora—Rainy River which had been an incredibly safe NDP riding being in play largely because the PCs were able to get Greg Rickford to run.

its not unheard of for a current or former Toronto city councillor to run for the pc's but this addition does seem to indicate things are going better in Toronto than other years

overall the pc's seem to have a lot of high profile candidates in the Toronto region , other than Peel region , where some are rather low profile when considering the high polling for the pc's in the 905

Rudy Cuzzetto seems to be a great guy and running in a very historically pc riding ( Mississauga south ) but he has no profile politically at all and trying to run against the finance minister Sousa
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