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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Rahim Jaffer sunk by Tory nomination process Reply with quote

Rahim Jaffer sunk by Tory nomination process
Updated Thu. May. 7 2009 7:01 PM ET

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer is giving up on his political ambitions for now, after Tory sources say he was effectively shut out of the nomination process in his Edmonton riding.

A Tory who left a job at the Prime Minister's Office last week is one of the contestants in that race.

"My understanding is that the party does not want him to run," said a Conservative source. "The party is doing what the party does."

Jaffer, a former caucus chair, told the party in a letter last month that he intended to run in Edmonton-Strathcona to win back the riding he narrowly lost last fall to the NDP.

Jaffer, who is married to Tory cabinet minister Helena Guergis, explained to party brass that he's finishing up his MBA degree and travelling to China in May. He hoped they would hold the nomination process a little later.

Instead, the nomination process was kicked off last Friday, and the deadline for prospective candidates to recruit members and file papers has been set for May 22.

"It's obviously a riding that we've done well in the past in, so you always want to be ready," said party spokesman Ryan Sparrow.

But Jaffer said nobody in the party called to tell him about the early nomination deadline -- he heard it through the grapevine. He said there's no way he can compete, given what's going on in his life.

"Whether or not I was going to run, if you really want to get the best possible candidates, why would you want to rush it?" Jaffer said.

"There's no hard feelings ... I'm so excited on my side that I was able to get this MBA focused in the time that I did."

Jaffer would have been running against Ryan Hastman, who resigned his job working for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff last week.

A former campaign manager for Edmonton MP Mike Lake, Cathay Wagantall, is also running.

Jaffer said having the political door closed might not be such a bad thing. The telegenic political duo are thinking about starting a family, and having two MPs in the household would be difficult.

"Both Helena and I are seriously thinking that if we want to turn attention to family, it's probably wiser that I sit this election out and focus on ourselves once this MBA is done."

A party insider said the relationship between Jaffer and Harper had grown strained in recent years, and the prime minister had given up on plans to promote Jaffer into a loftier position.

Jaffer was well-liked among his caucus colleagues, a extremely social figure who came to Ottawa with other young Reformers such as Jason Kenney.

The Ugandan-born Edmonton entrepreneur was also one of the few high-profile members from a visible minority in the Conservative caucus, and bilingual to boot.

"He was a great MP, he was a fantastic caucus chair," said MP and friend James Rajotte.

"He obviously has real interpersonal skills which he exhibited, he's got a good way of managing people. He would institute a lot of policy-type sessions for caucus members which I thought were very good."

Jaffer said he will focus on building a consulting career, and supporting his wife.

"In the future, who knows, maybe at a later time once our kids are grown up and can support us, I might go back to politics."


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So let me get this straight. In his own riding, with his own board and volunteer base, he does not believe that he can get enough members (either already existing or otherwise) to support a nomination bid?

Read this story in The Edmonton Sun http://www.edmontonsun.com/New.....88521.html Jaffer is claiming that he is choosing to take a break and that the sources from that first story are mistaken.

"Rahim Jaffer refuted reports that the Conservatives are shutting him out of the nomination process in his former Edmonton riding, claiming it was his personal choice to take a break from politics." Jaffer scoffed at the anonymous claims, saying he sat out for personal reasons.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"CTV reports" is code for lets slam the CPC. Sources say Harper doesn't like Rahim . The only reason Harpers doesn't like Rahim is because he lost.

WHO LOSES IN ALBERTA!!!

Plus the only democracy in Alberta federal politics is at the riding level, especially this riding. Why bend the rules so the guy who lost can run again.

And why slam a party for not bending the rules.

There are factions at CTV that are every bit as rabid Liberal as anything at CBC. This is an example of their work!
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Rahim Jaffer sunk by Tory nomination process Reply with quote

Thats really a shame. His presence would have helped in the immigrant communities in the 905 area.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 11:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Rahim Jaffer sunk by Tory nomination process Reply with quote

fiscalconservative wrote:
Thats really a shame. His presence would have helped in the immigrant communities in the 905 area.


Yeah, and even the Muslim vote! :roll:

Even Jaffer refutes this story. This is the MSM trying to make it out that the CPC is divided.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I've heard from some of his old volunteers in Edmonton that the media is spinning this one totally out of control. Go figure.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 8:09 am    Post subject: Re: Rahim Jaffer sunk by Tory nomination process Reply with quote

fiscalconservative wrote:
Thats really a shame. His presence would have helped in the immigrant communities in the 905 area.



well his wife is from Ontario ( Simcoe Grey ) so the 905 or toronto area ridings are not that far from her riding . maybe he may consider a run in Ontario at some point , as i would find it very hard to imagine them being married and trying to represent ridings in 2 different provinces so far away . and when considering how solid a conservative riding simcor grey is it make more sense for him to find an Ontario riding .
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, people are talking June election. How could you have a later nomination?
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Folks, it was clear in the last election that the party virtually abandoned Rahim's campaign. Everyone knew it wasn't a safe riding, yet Harper and the party focused more effort on Edmonton-Centre, Laurie Hawn's riding, where he won by thousands, and where Harper made a visit. Yes, Rahim introduced the PM at that rally, but it was held in Edmonton-Centre and was very, very closed.



I don't think the Conservatives will win the riding next time around. It's Linda Duncan's to lose, especially when whomever the Conservatives nominate is a total nobody in the riding as far as I know.
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