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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Jim Mcdonell has also been nominated again in Stormont Dundas South Glengarry )


Jim McDonell ‏@JimMcDonell · 13h13 hours ago

I am honoured to accept the PC nomination for SD&SG in the June 2018 Ontario election.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Bob Bailey


January 05, 2017



The following is a statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Bob Bailey as the Ontario PC candidate for Sarnia-Lambton:



“I congratulate Bob Bailey on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Sarnia-Lambton.



“Since he was first elected in 2007, Bob has been a dedicated representative for his community. I have the utmost confidence that Bob will continue to be a strong advocate for his constituents.



“At Queen’s Park, Bob has proven himself to be an MPP who is willing to reach across party lines in the best interests of the province. Bob has been successful in passing a number of Private Member’s Bills, and has been a strong advocate for the continued growth of the oil and natural gas industry in Ontario.



“After 13 years in power, life is harder under the Liberals. Ontarians are faced with skyrocketing hydro rates, cuts after cut to health care services, and Liberal scandal, waste and mismanagement is making life increasingly unaffordable.



“I look forward to working with Bob to spread the Ontario PC Party’s positive message of change in Sarnia-Lambton and across the province.”

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Ontario NDP nominate first 2018 candidate as PC slate continues to grow


Ainslie Cruickshank

Friday, January 6th, 2017


The Ontario New Democrats officially nominated their first candidate for the 2018 election Friday as the PCs congratulated five more candidates who were nominated Thursday.

“I’m honoured to be the London-Fanshawe NDP candidate for 2018,” London MPP Teresa Armstrong tweeted today after her nomination.



“I’m proud to represent this riding, and I look forward to the coming election, and working alongside Andrea Horwath and my NDP colleagues to offer Londoners and Ontarians a better future,” she said in a statement.

The PCs are well into their nomination process, with 26 candidates already chosen for the 2018 election. NDP leader Horwath said she expects there will now be a steady stream of NDP nominations as well after the party allowed nominations to begin on January 1.

It’s now up to local riding associations to begin their search process if they haven’t already, she said.

The NDP nomination process can take a bit longer than the other parties because the party requires riding association to prove they’ve sought out a diversity of candidates before approving a nomination date, Horwath said.

“What we are trying to do is make sure our candidates reflect their communities and I think when people go to the polls they’re looking for representation that understands them, understands who they are, what their struggles are, what their hopes are, and can be their voice,” she said.

On Thursday the PCs officially named MPPs John Yakabuski, Jim McDonell, Sylvia Jones, and Monte McNaughton as 2018 candidates.

Yakabuski will run again in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, a riding he’s held since 2003, while McDonell will run in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, a riding he first won in 2011, Jones will run in Dufferin-Caledon, a riding she first won in 2007, Smith will run in the new riding of Bay of Quinte, which covers part of his current riding of Prince Edward-Hastings, where he’s been MPP since 2011 and McNaughton will run in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, where he’s been MPP since 2011.

Earlier this week the PCs also officially nominated MPPs Bob Bailey in Sarnia-Lambton, Laurie Scott in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, Steve Clark for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, and Vic Fedeli for Nipissing.

Two more PC nominations are scheduled for Saturday in Huron-Bruce and Wellington-Halton Hills. After that at least seven more are scheduled to take place this month.

The PCs have faced controversy over a number of nominations, including one in Burlington that led the riding’s membership chair to file an appeal seeking to have the nomination of ex-MPP Jane McKenna overturned, which the party dismissed.

Derek Duval claimed he was disqualified from the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell nomination that Amanda Simard won because of his involvement in a video filmed during a charity hockey game that shows someone eating poutine – which party officials somehow mistook for a hamster – off a hockey stick.

The PCs also disqualified two candidates from the Carleton nomination race in October. One candidate, Michael Nowak, was disqualified after he made racist comments about rival and now candidate Gholdie Ghamari.

Jay Tysick, a former senior aide to Ottawa City Councillor Rick Chiarelli and now a managing partner of Faraday Partners, was also disqualified from the race but was not given a reason.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Widespread 'abuse' of nomination process in provincial Mississauga riding: Former MP


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By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun
First posted: Sunday, January 08, 2017 03:26 PM EST | Updated: Sunday, January 08, 2017 05:15 PM EST



Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and former Mississauga MP Bob Dechert served together in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus for years.

It looked like Dechert might be reunited with his former Ottawa colleague since he had thrown his hat into the ring to run for the Tory nomination in Mississauga Erin-Mills.

He was a potential candidate in the 2018 provincial election until Saturday when he dropped a political bomb, calling for an investigation into the party’s nomination process and membership registration legitimacy.

“I have lost confidence in the integrity of the party’s nomination process,” Dechert informed the party. “I have determined to withdraw from the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate selection process” set for Jan. 22.

Dechert was up against declared candidates Sheref Sabawy, Mohammad Latif, Nadeem Shaikh and Jaspreet Bassi.

But Dechert says he’s dropping out to protest the allowance of “out of riding candidates” who have “worked with the Liberals” as well as signing up “instant members” who have no background with the party.

Brown, who is leading in opinion polls and has vowed to modernize his party, has so far not commented on Dechert’s assertions.

Dechert said the party’s decision to overrule the local riding committee’s recommendation to disqualify some candidates was the final straw.

“As a former Member of Parliament and active member of the party for more than 40 years, I have become deeply concerned that the party’s recent nomination process in Mississauga Erin-Mills and in multiple other electoral districts, is failing to respect the requirements of the party’s constitution to ensure an open and fair nomination process,” Dechert said in a statement.

“I have come to this decision based upon my observation of widespread abuse of the process in Mississauga Erin-Mills by multiple persons and a failure by the party to enforce its own rules.”

Dechert said he “would recommend that the party immediately investigate and audit, in an open and publicly transparent manner, all party memberships submitted by candidates” meet certain standards.

He wants to ensure each applicant paid their respective membership fees from their own funds and that every bulk payment be disclosed.

Dechert’s says he wants the party to look to see that applicants are “ordinarily” residents at provided addresses and that they sign their application forms.

Dechert also took aim at complaints of people joining the party who have been affiliated with other parties.

He’s calling for PC party’s constitution to be “amended to prohibit the use of cash to pay for membership fees and accept only payment by personal cheque drawn upon the applicant’s own account or by credit card or debit card transactions verified to a payment card issued by a Canadian financial institution to the specific individual applicant.”

Concerns of Liberal Party trojan horse candidates surfacing is behind his call for a requirement that “a member must be a member for one year prior to the date of the nomination meeting in order to be eligible to vote at the nomination meeting” to “reduce the vulnerability of the party’s candidate selection process to abuse.”

Dechert added: “If the only qualification for the job is how many bogus and fraudulent instant members one can round up and cram into a room, then there is no need for any candidate approval process at all.”

Despite his strong stand, Dechert said: “I encourage my supporters to remain actively involved in the democratic process and work hard to elect Progressive Conservative candidates and help Hon. Patrick Brown, form the next Government of Ontario..”

But it will have to be without his former parliament colleague.

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Smith uncontested in Bay of Quinte nomination

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Progressive Conservatives in the newly formed provincial Bay of Quinte riding have nominated current Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith as their candidate for the next provincial election.

“It’s an unbelievable honour to be nominated to represent local Progressive Conservatives in the next election,” Smith said at the Thursday night gathering in Belleville. “The next election is about the future of this province. It’s an honour to represent the people of this region, but it’s my goal to be representing them from the government benches after 2018.”

Bay of Quinte Progressive Conservative Association President Janet Harnden presided over the meeting that nominated Smith, who was uncontested. Harnden said Smith’s work in his community makes him an asset to both the riding, but especially a future PC government.

“Ontario has never needed a change in government more than now,” Harnden said. “We have seen Todd’s work ethic first-hand and, as the riding association president, I couldn’t have a better candidate running for us in 2018. We’re going to need Todd helping the party defeat the Wynne Liberals and then working to get our province back on track.”

After accepting the nomination, Smith took aim at the Liberal Cap-and-Trade program which came into effect on New Year’s Day.

‎”Most Ontarians were expecting gas prices to go down after the holidays, but they haven’t, and they are now discovering that as of January 1st there’s another Ontario Liberal hand in their pocket. Kathleen Wynne’s Cap and Trade scheme drives up the price of gasoline and home heating fuels at a time of year when residents can’t afford to pay more to heat their homes,” Smith said. “We need a program that puts the cost on polluters and forces them to use less carbon instead of consumers that are already feeling the squeeze of high energy prices. Cap and Trade isn’t revenue neutral and will end up sending hundreds of millions of dollars to reduce emissions in California instead of Ontario.”

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown congratulated Smith in a press release following Thursday’s meeting.

“First elected in 2011, Todd has been an incredibly important member of our Ontario PC team. He has proven himself time and time again to be a hard-working MPP who is deeply passionate about his constituents. This is evidenced by Todd’s incredible work advocating for Sagonaska Demonstration School which led to the Wynne Liberals backing down from their plans to close the school. As the Ontario PC Caucus’ critic for the Hydro One fire sale, Todd has exposed the Wynne Liberals’ reckless plan that will result in even higher electricity bills.

“After 13 years in power, life is harder under the Liberal Government. Electricity prices are skyrocketing because of Wynne Liberal scandal and waste, driving families into energy poverty and businesses out of our province. Cuts to health care has meant our most vulnerable are left waiting for desperately needed care, and taxpayer dollars continue to be wasted on scandal after scandal.

“I’m very excited to continue working alongside Todd as we spread our positive message of change and a more prosperous future with the people of Bay of Quinte and Ontario.”

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Yakabuski acclaimed as PC candidate



By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Sunday, January 8, 2017 1:01:40 EST PM

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski



The Ontario election may be less than a year and a half away, but Renfrew County Tories are showing they remain united behind their man.

The Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Riding Association has acclaimed MPP John Yakabuski as their standard bearer for the 2018 election, a position he has enjoyed since first winning his seat in 2003. The acclamation is a sure sign the party faithful remains united behind Yakabuski.

“This means the members of the party have faith I’m the right person to carry the banner in 2018,” he said in a phone interview from his Barry’s Bay home Saturday.

With the early nomination process out of the way, Yakabuski said he can concentrate on serving his constituents, holding the Ontario government accountable, and getting ready for the June 7, 2018 election. He said it is clear the sitting government is already concentrating on getting re-elected.

“That is all they are focusing on,” Yakabuski said. The recent announcement MPP Ted McMeekin has been appointed to examine and then report on the issue of rural poverty is an example of this calculated effort.

“This after ignoring rural Ontario for 13 years, now they are going to study it?” the MPP said, describing the move as one of pure political cynicism, aimed to win over the rural vote. This follows decisions to back away from the Green Energy Act and take some action against the high cost of electricity, but only after years of reports on how the people of Ontario were suffering due to the expense.

“They can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube,” Yakabuski said. “The damage has been done.”

He said the cap and trade program Ontario launched this month to combat climate change by reducing the production of greenhouse gases will hurt rural residents already reeling from high taxes and the cost of living.

“This cap and trade is going to have a much more negative effect in rural Ontario,” the MPP said, forcing up the price of gasoline, as well as heating costs in general whether by natural gas, oil or electricity.

“We have to drive everywhere, and for greater distances, than someone in southern Ontario,” he said, meaning rural residents get hit hard whenever gas goes up in price. This is really painful as Renfrew County has some of the lowest mean incomes in the province, and can’t afford any more price hikes.

“Rural Ontarians are fed up with this government,” Yakabuski said. “By the time the election rolls around, the Liberals would have been in power for 15 years, and voters in this province will have to ask themselves does this government deserve to be re-elected. I believe the answer will be a resounding “no”.”

For this to become reality, the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP acknowledges it will be up to the Ontario PC Party to make it happen, and its membership can’t take anything for granted in the run up to June 2018.

“It’s going to be up to us to run a flawless campaign,” he said. “We have to be far more disciplined and act as the government-in-waiting, not making any mistakes.”

Yakabuski said he is looking forward to the next campaign, and a vote now one year and five months away.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEWS

Todd Smith acclaimed as PC candidate


Friday, January 6, 2017 11:32:32 EST AM


BELLEVILLE - MPP Todd Smith has secured the nomination for the new Bay of Quinte riding.
Under the new riding realignment across Ontario, Smith has been acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative party candidate for the new riding. Smith was first elected to represent the Prince Edward-Hastings riding at Queen’s Park six years ago.
“First elected in 2011, Todd has been an incredibly important member of our Ontario PC team. He has proven himself time and time again to be a hard-working MPP who is deeply passionate about his constituents,” Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown stated in a press release. “This is evidenced by Todd’s incredible work advocating for Sagonaska Demonstration School which led to the Wynne Liberals backing down from their plans to close the school. As the Ontario PC Caucus’ critic for the Hydro One fire sale, Todd has exposed the Wynne Liberals’ reckless plan that will result in even higher electricity bills.”
Brown took the opportunity to criticize the current Liberal government.
“After 13 years in power, life is harder under the Liberal Government. Electricity prices are skyrocketing because of Wynne Liberal scandal and waste, driving families into energy poverty and businesses out of our province. Cuts to health care has meant our most vulnerable are left waiting for desperately needed care, and taxpayer dollars continue to be wasted on scandal after scandal,” he stated.
“I’m very excited to continue working alongside Todd as we spread our positive message of change and a more prosperous future with the people of Bay of Quinte and Ontario.”

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Jones nominated as PC candidate for Dufferin Caledon


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Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones at her campaing office in Orangeville. Jones will be defending her seat in the next provincial election as the Ontario PC party announced her as the candidate for Dufferin-Caledon today.

Caledon Enterprise
By Matthew Strader


After more than a decade of representing the area, Sylvia Jones will once again be the PC candidate for Dufferin-Caledon in the next provincial election.

“I have had the privilege of working closely with Sylvia through her work as Deputy Leader, where she has proven herself to be a hardworking and integral member of the Ontario PC Caucus,” said PC leader Patrick Brown in a press release.

“In the Legislature, Sylvia serves as the Ontario PC Caucus’ Critic for Children and Youth Services, where she has been the leading voice against the Liberal government’s short-sighted cuts to autism funding. It was in large part because of Sylvia’s hard work that the government reversed their cuts to autism therapy funding for children older than five. Sylvia has also proven herself to be an effective legislator, introducing a number of Private Members’ Bills that have become law.”

Jones has been a member of the provincial parliament since 2007. She is currently the deputy leader of the PC caucus and the critic for Children and Youth Services.


She has lived in Orangeville for more than 30 years with her husband David and two children.

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Set to lose, ex-MP Dechert withdraws from Ontario PC nomination race


Ainslie Cruickshank

Monday, January 9th, 2017



Bob Dechert. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand.


Ex-Conservative MP Bob Dechert wasn’t going to win the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination for Mississauga Erin-Mills even if he’d stayed in the race, a party insider told iPolitics Monday.

Dechert sold just 80 of the 2,100 memberships that came in by the cutoff for the January 22 nomination, said a Progressive Conservative official speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak on the matter.

“He wasn’t going to win and was expecting special treatment from the party that he didn’t get,” the official said.

Dechert, who made headlines in 2011 after flirtatious emails between him – a sitting MP at the time – and a Chinese reporter were made public, withdrew from the nomination race this weekend and called for an investigation into how the party selects its candidates.

“I have become deeply concerned that the party’s recent nomination process in Mississauga Erin-Mills and in multiple other electoral districts is failing to respect the requirements of the party’s constitution to ensure an open and fair nomination process,” Dechert said in a statement reported by the Toronto Sun.

“I have come to this decision based upon my observation of widespread abuse of the process in Mississauga Erin-Mills by multiple persons and a failure by the party to enforce its own rules.”

Dechert said he wants the party to publicly investigate and all party memberships submitted by candidates to ensure members paid fees with their own money.

He also wants the party to limit voter eligibility for nominations to people who have been party members for a least a year, the Sun reported.

“If the only qualification for the job is how many bogus and fraudulent instant members one can round up and cram into a room, then there is no need for any candidate approval process at all,” he said.

Despite his concerns, Dechert encouraged his supporters to stay involved and help elect a PC government in 2018, the Sun reported.

Dechert was the Conservative MP for Mississauga-Erindale from 2008 to 2015. He was defeated in the Mississauga-Erin Mills riding in 2015 by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid.

During his tenure as an MP Dechert served as the parliamentary secretary to the ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs. It was during his time as parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs that his flirtatious emails with a journalist for China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency caught the attention of Canada’s spy agency.

The Canadian Press reported at the time that the email incident mostly seemed to provide the Canadian Security Intelligence Service with a laugh, but there was a least one high level meeting about the incident.

Xinhua is suspected to be connected to China’s spy agencies, but the Harper government insisted Dechert didn’t share any state secrets, the Canadian Press reported.

Dechert’s call for an investigation into the Progressive Conservative nomination process is just the latest controversy linked to the party’s candidate selection.

Concerns have been raised over a number of nominations, including the Burlington nomination of ex-MPP Jane McKenna that led the riding’s membership chair Colin Pye to file an appeal, arguing McKenna’s opponent Jane Michael was treated unfairly. The party subsequently dismissed his appeal.

In Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Derek Duval claimed he was disqualified because of his involvement in a video that was filmed during a charity hockey game that shows someone eating poutine off a hockey stick. Party officials apparently mistook the poutine for a hamster.

In the Carleton nomination race, the PCs disqualified two candidates. Michael Nowak, a farmer and mechanical engineer, was disqualified after he made racist comments about now candidate Goldie Ghamari. Jay Tysick, a former senior aide to Ottawa City Councillor Rick Chiarelli and now a managing partner of Faraday Partners, was also disqualified from the race, but was not provided with a reason.

With files from Stephen Maher.

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( unlike other ridings where they already had a candidates or perspective candidates , there still searching in Peterborough and the race appears wide open to anyone )


Progressive Conservatives looking for Peterborough-Kawartha riding candidate for 2018 provincial election




By Joelle Kovach

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:59:46 EST AM


If you're interested in running in the next provincial election for the Ontario Progressive Conserv ative party, Heather Kenny wants to hear from you.

Kenny is the president of the Progressive Conservative riding association for Peterborough-Kawartha.

She said the party is looking for anyone interested in running for MPP in the June 2018 provincial election.

It's not unusual for the party to have an open search for people interested in running for office, she said.

"Lots of ridings are casting that net really, really wide," she said.

The party does have interested people already, Kenny said - although she didn't mention any names.

But they are still running advertisements to let people know about the search for more prospective PC candidates.

The party did the same thing locally in 2012, in anticipation of the 2014 election.

Scott Stewart, the president of Carlson Wagonlit/Stewart Tours, was the candidate for the PC party in the provincial election in 2014 for Peterborough riding.

He was defeated by long-time Liberal MPP Jeff Leal, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Sheila Wood ran for the NDP.

Kenny said the date for the local nomination meeting hasn't been set, but it will likely happen sometime in eight or nine months from now.

Prospective candidates are asked to fill out a detailed application, Kenny said.

That application goes to a provincial nominations committee, and background checks are conducted. Once the person is found to be eligible to run for the nomination, they're said to have been "green-lighted".

Then they can take part in the local nomination process.

Under riding redistribution that takes effect with the 2018 election, Otonabee-South Monaghan and Asphodel-Norwood townships will shift to the Northumberland-Peterborough South riding, while Trent Lakes and North Kawartha townships will shift to the Peterborough-Kawartha riding from the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding.

NOTE: For more information on how to get involved, email Heather Kenny at heather.kenny@ontariopc.com.

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Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott to run again in 2018





Arnott to run again in 2018

Arnott to run again in 2018


Independent Free Press
By Graeme Frisque


The Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Party have announced incumbent Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott will remain its candidate in 2018.

The party made the announcement in a release sent Monday (Jan. 9) after the veteran legislator was acclaimed as the PC Candidate at a local nomination meeting in Acton held on Jan. 7.

"Ontario needs change. We need a change of Government," said Arnott in the release. "The work is not yet done, and as such, I accept your nomination to stand as the Progressive Conservative Candidate in the next provincial election."


Arnott, 53, was born in Fergus, Ontario and has served as the riding’s representative at Queen’s Park since 1990. He is among the longest serving MPP’s in Ontario’s legislature.

In 2014, Arnott beat out Liberal candidate Dan Zister by more than 8,000 votes.

The next Ontario general election is scheduled to be held on or before June 7, 2018 when Arnott will be seeking his eighth term in office.

Following Arnott’s nomination, Puslinch Township resident Glenna Smith was returned as Wellington-Halton Hills Provincial PC Association president at the local chapter’s annual general meeting.

“I want to congratulate Ted. We have an exciting time ahead, as we make plans for the coming provincial election,” said Smith.

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Huron Bruce PC Riding Association Confirms MPP As Candidate In Next Election

Election
By Janice MacKayJanuary 10, 2017 2:50pm
As expected, MPP Lisa Thompson was once again nominated as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Huron-Bruce for the upcoming 2018 provincial election.

Thompson says she is honoured by the support to continue her work toward bringing a PC government to the province in 2018.

Thompson has served the riding since 2011, and is currently the PC Critic on the Environment and Cap and Trade.

She continues to challenge what she calls the flawed cap and trade program.

She says she is hearing from constituents that life is getting harder as hydro rates skyrocket, and new cap and trade fees take effect.

“Our communities are full of hard-working people trying to support their families, seniors and small business, and they deserve to have their voices and concerns heard. Unfortunately, the Liberals just don’t seem to care until it costs them votes at the polls,” she says. “We need to work together to ensure that we send a strong message to [Premier] Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in 2018: Huron-Bruce and Ontario have had enough of the mismanagement and waste. We’re ready for a government that takes our concerns seriously. We’re ready for a Progressive Conservative government.”

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MPP Gila Martow nominated again as PC candidate for Thornhill

Ontario election scheduled for June 7, 2018.


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Thornhill MPP Gila Martow has been nominated to run as the PC candidate for Thornhill for the provincial election.


Thornhill Liberal
By Simone Joseph


Thornhill MPP Gila Martow has been nominated again as the Ontario PC candidate for Thornhill in the next election, scheduled for June 7, 2018.

She serves as the PC caucus’ critic for GTA issues, francophone affairs, culture, and the anti-racism secretariat, and has been “working tirelessly to build a more inclusive province”, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Martow headed the charge at Queen’s Park against the Palestinian-led movement Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions. She successfully passed a motion condemning the practice. She has also fought to improve the accessibility of parking spaces for Ontarians living with disabilities.

“I am excited to have Gila back on our team, and I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to grow the Ontario PC Party in Toronto and the GTA by presenting a party that is modern, pragmatic and ready to govern” Brown said.

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( news of a potential candidate in Barrie Innisfil , possibly the most likely pc pick up in the province as the city of barrie riding is being split in 2 and the south barrie /innisfil area is historically very tory friendly )


Barrie councillor looking to 2018 election


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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:42:59 EST AM


Doug Shipley has announced his candidacy for the Progressive Conservative Party nomination in the provincial Barrie-Innisfil riding. Contributed photo



Doug Shipley is looking for a new political address.

The Ward 3 Barrie councillor has announced his candidacy for the Progressive Conservative Party nomination in the provincial Barrie-Innisfil riding.

The next Ontario election is scheduled for June, 2018.

Shipley, 50, is a two-term city councillor, a former riding association president and long-time-Tory activist who said he's seen enough of Liberal rule in Ontario.

“I've seen the effects (Premier) Kathleen Wynne's skyrocketing hydro rates are having on our families and businesses,” Shipley said. “Families are feeling the crunch between heating and eating.

“Businesses are paying the highest prices in the country just to keep the lights on. It's not just costing us money, it's losing us jobs.”

If he secures the nomination, Shipley would join PC party leader and former Barrie councillor and MP Patrick Brown for the election campaign.

Shipley says he wants to see Barrie grow and prosper, and has deep roots in the area.

“My grandparents moved here in the 1930s where they had a 100-acre farm on the 6th Line in Innisfil, my father went to a tiny one-room school house called Nantyr Public School in Innisfil,” he said.

“I live here with my wife and two sons, where we own a small local business. This is our community, and I am not OK with Kathleen Wynne making it more expensive than ever to live and do business here.”

Shipley was first elected to Barrie city council in 2010, then re-elected in 2014. He's chairman of the city's infrastructure, investment and development services committee, a member of Barrie's police board and the Barrie and area physician recruitment committee.

He coaches a Barrie minor hockey team in his spare time.

Shipley is asking PCs in the Barrie-Innisfil riding to take out a membership in the party and get involved in the campaign.

Liberal MPP Ann Hoggarth is Barrie MPP, having been elected in 2014.

The city will be split into two ridings for the next provincial election, as it was for the last federal election.

Brown is MPP for Simcoe North, but is expected to run in Barrie during the next provincial election.

The other city riding is Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.

Shipley said there's no firm date for the Barrie-Innisfil PC nomination meeting, but he expects it to be held this year.

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Lorne Coe nominated Ontario PC candidate for Whitby

Next provincial election expected to be held in 2018


WHITBY -- Lorne Coe made his acceptance speech after winning the Whitby-Oshawa byelection on February 11, 2016. January 17, 2017.



Whitby This Week
By Parvaneh Pessian


WHITBY — Ontario Progressive Conservatives have nominated incumbent MPP Lorne Coe as their candidate for Whitby in next year’s election.

The former longtime Whitby councillor stepped into the provincial role following a sweeping victory in the February 2016 byelection. Shortly after that, he was appointed Ontario PC critic for training, colleges and universities — a portfolio previously held by Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown.

Brown released a statement on Jan. 14, congratulating Coe on his nomination and describing him as “hardworking” and “passionate” about serving constituents.

“Lorne hit the ground running at Queen’s Park. The first private member’s bill Lorne introduced, which eliminated age discrimination for post-stroke recovery patients, was passed into law unanimously.


"He has also been a strong advocate for Durham Region, fighting for the Grandview Children’s Centre and Ontario Shores,” Brown said.

“Working as our caucus’ critic for advanced education, skills and development, Lorne has been an advocate for addressing Ontario’s growing skills gap.”

Coe served on Whitby council for 12 years. He was first elected in 2003 and served as east ward councillor until the 2010 municipal election, when he snagged one of three regional representative spots at the table. He was re-elected regional councillor in 2014 and later resigned from that position to run for the provincial seat.

At the Region, Coun. Coe was chair of the health and social services committee and Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council. Prior to being elected to public office, Coun. Coe worked in senior positions in the private sector and numerous ministries within the provincial government.

His byelection win continued the PC party’s hold on the Whitby-Oshawa riding, which has been in place since the mid 1990s when Jim Flaherty won the seat. After he moved to federal politics in the mid-2000s, his wife Christine Elliott took over the seat and held it until she stepped down in August 2015.

Ontario’s next election is expected to be held in June 2018.

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