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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ontario PCs purge Patrick Brown loyalists from top posts

Bob Stanley, former executive director and longtime Brown ally, was fired over the weekend

CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2018 4:24 PM ET| Last Updated: Jan 28, 2018 4:25 PM ET

Ontario PC interim leader Vic Fedeli has said he will run if the party holds an open leadership contest before the provincial election set for June 7.



Fallout from Patrick Brown's resignation last week continues to rile Ontario's Progressive Conservatives as members wage an internal civil war over the future of the party.

In a memo sent out to caucus, current candidates and staff, Alykhan Velshi, chief of staff under Brown and now once again under interim leader Vic Fedeli, confirmed that the party has removed Brown loyalists from top posts. A copy of the memo was obtained by CBC Toronto.

Namely, executive director Bob Stanley — among the most senior operatives for the PCs and a noted Brown backer — has been fired.

Stanley oversaw a deeply troubled nomination process last year, which saw several riding association executives quit in protest and public criticism of Brown's leadership from senior party members after accusations that the process had been "rigged" by Brown and his inner circle.



Furthermore, Brown's deputy chiefs of staff, Tamara Macgregor and Rebecca Thompson, have been assigned to different roles and those positions abolished. Thompson formerly worked for former minister of foreign affairs John Baird under then prime minister Stephen Harper. A communications specialist, Brown brought her in from Ottawa to hone the party's message heading into an election year.

According to the memo, Thompson will be on the PCs leadership election organizing committee, the group responsible for drafting a framework for a leadership race.

Also noteworthy is the return of Nick Bergamini, a former spokesman for Brown who resigned last week shortly after CTV published allegations of sexual misconduct levied at Brown by two woman during his time as an MP in Barrie, Ont. Bergamini will be the party's director of communications.

"I want to be very clear that these decisions followed recommendations I made to the Leader when he asked me to become his chief of staff on Friday evening," Velshi wrote in the memo.

"At no point did the Leader's campaign team attempt to influence or interfere in those decisions."

'We must all have a say'

News of the shuffling of top party players comes as the PCs try to contain another internal clash over whether to hold an open leadership race in the coming months or go into the June 7 provincial election with Fedeli as leader. Fedeli, who has already indicated he would like to run in the case of a leadership race, was chosen as interim leader at a snap meeting of the 28 caucus members on Friday morning.

Some MPPs who spoke to CBC Toronto last week said that a leadership contest would only distract members from the campaign to defeat Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. Just hours after Fedeli was chosen, the party's executive committee opted to hold a leadership race.

The move was met with cautious optimism by those who favour an open contest, such as dozens of current PC candidates, including Caroline Mulroney, whose name has been floated as a possible leadership contender.

However, in an email sent out to party members, the president of the Eglinton-Lawrence riding association in Toronto said "there is a very strong push to reverse the Executive's decision on Friday to initiate a fair and open leadership race.

"We cannot let that happen," Clare Schulte-Albert wrote.

"The Ontario PC Party is not made up of 28 people. It is made up of over 200,000 people. This is a democracy, and we must all have a say in who we vote as our leader."

Schulte-Albert said she has started a petition urging the executive committee to reaffirm its earlier decision.

On Sunday afternoon, the PCs campaign chair and longtime friend of Brown, Walied Soliman, posted to Twitter that "while we have been thrust into picking a new leader, I cannot stress enough that we should not change course," referring to the strategy Brown and his team have put in place.

"I urge everyone to stay positive and to stay focused. This is not the time for pettiness and winners and losers," Soliman wrote.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....05?cmp=rss
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the Ontario pc president just released a statement saying he is moving on and allowing for someone else to serve as party president )



Rick Dykstra‏Verified account @RickDykstra · 15m15 minutes ago


Moving forward and moving on.

Rick
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the pc's also released a statement saying there computers were hacked or an attempt was made last year )


Ontario Progressive Conservative Party database hacked: Sources

PC Party Logo
The logo for Ontario's Progressive Conservative party is shown.


Web Staff, CP24.com
Published Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:51PM EST



CP24 has learned that the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party’s internal database has been hacked.

The database contains the names, phone numbers and other personal information of over a million eligible voters in the province, as well as party supporters, donors and campaign volunteers.

The Constituent Information Management System (CIMS) has been used in election campaigns over the past 15 years. The CIMS was breached before Christmas using a ransomware virus, but the attack was not the first on the system.


The PC Party initially declined a request for comment on the breach, but later issued a statement.

"In early November, a system vulnerability within the Party's network was discovered and used to access and encrypt four servers. As per the ransomware note, the attack was non-specific to the PCPO,” the statement read.

“The vendor responsible for managing, monitoring, and maintaining the Party's servers immediately quarantined the affected servers and began restoring pre-attack server backups within the same day. Their logs indicated that no data was stolen from the Party.”

The statement added that “additional security measures were immediately implemented” to prevent the same thing from happening again.


https://www.cp24.com/news/ontario-progressive-conservative-party-database-hacked-sources-1.3779326
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ont. PC Party President Rick Dykstra quits


Web Staff, CTV News Toronto
Published Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:43PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:56PM EST

Ontario PC Party President Rick Dykstra says he is stepping down as president as the party moves to select a new leader to replace Patrick Brown. Dykstra has been party president since March 2016.




More to come...


https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ont-pc-party-president-rick-dykstra-quits-1.3779421
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are some things I'd like to know:

Has anyone turned up any info in the Liberal camp? Were there any signs, for instance, of foreknowledge? Anything about the two young women? This is so-oo convenient for the Liberals, so close to an election.

Is this a decapitation of the leadership of the party by people or organizations that we don't know. Are the complaints from the young women legit? Or are they a pretext? Is there a connivance between the Liberals and the insurgent Conservatives?

Another line of inquiry -- is this the John Tory wing of the Ontario Conservatives reacting back, against the Harris type leader? Is the party splitting? Are these the issues that are breaking up the party?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( dykstra was apparently confronted about his own sexual assault allegations and so he also decided to leave )

Ontario PC president resigns after sexual assault allegations while Tories clean house

Party president Rick Dykstra stepped down on Sunday, amid a series of staff changes at Queen’s Park and party headquarters. The move happened hours after he was confronted with allegations of sexual assault.


Rick Dykstra, President of the Ontario PC Party, stepped down Sunday night.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Rick Dykstra, President of the Ontario PC Party, stepped down Sunday night.

By: Torstar News Service Published on Mon Jan 29 2018


It was a bloody Sunday for the Progressive Conservatives still reeling from the Patrick Brown scandal.


Party president Rick Dykstra, a close Brown ally, announced his resignation two hours after Maclean’s magazine contacted him about sexual assault allegations against him.


“I have made the decision to step aside as president and take a step back for someone else to lead us through the hard work,” Dykstra said in a statement Sunday night.


“After two years in this position, I know the party is prepared to take on the hard work necessary to fight this election,” said the former Conservative MP, who served with Brown in Ottawa.


Dykstra’s stunning move came two days after he disclosed the Tories would hold a leadership contest by March 31.


He did not immediately return a message from the Star.


According to Maclean’s, a young federal Conservative staffer filed a complaint with Ottawa police in 2014 about the then MP.


She alleged she was sexually assaulted at Dykstra’s apartment after a night of drinking. Police told Maclean’s they stopped their investigation at her request.


The allegations have not been proven in court. But the federal Tories briefly considered preventing him from running in the 2015 federal election as a result of the claims.


He ended up losing his St. Catharines seat in part because he was accused of buying alcohol for underaged girls at a local bar. While he was photographed with the teens, he denied knowingly bought them bottles of vodka.


Dykstra’s statement did not address the allegations cited by Maclean’s.


Jag Badwal, a party vice-president, will be the interim president.


Earlier Sunday, interim Conservative leader Vic Fedeli parted ways with controversial PC executive director Bob Stanley as part of a slew of staff changes at Queen’s Park and party headquarters.


Stanley, another Brown intimate, was a key figure in many of the Tories’ contentious candidate nominations, including the Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas debacle being investigated by police.


“Thank you for the opportunity but I respectfully decline to comment,” he told the Star in a email Sunday.


The upheaval is fallout from Brown’s dramatic departure as leader at 1:25 a.m. Thursday just hours after CTV revealed alleged sexual impropriety involving two women when they were teens and he was a Conservative MP.


Brown has denied the allegations and vowed to clear his name.


Former MPP Garfield Dunlop, who gave up his Orillia seat so Brown could run there in 2015, has lost his job as an adviser in the leader’s office.


“With any change in leadership comes a need for reorganization. While reorganizations are always difficult, they are also sometimes necessary,” wrote Fedeli’s chief of staff, Alykhan Velshi, in an internal memo.


“I want to be very clear that these decisions followed recommendations I made to the leader when he asked me to become his chief of staff on Friday evening,” wrote Velshi, who had resigned as Brown’s chief of staff Wednesday night after the then leader initially rejected his advice to quit.


“At no point did (Fedeli’s) campaign team attempt to influence or interfere in those decisions. Responsibility for any recommendation is mine alone,” he concluded.


Tamara Macgregor, Brown’s deputy chief of staff for policy and legislative affairs, is also out.


Rebecca Thompson, the well-regarded deputy chief of staff for communications, has left of her own volition to join the party’s leadership executive organizing committee.


With plans to hold a leadership contest just weeks before the June 7 provincial election, the Tories are scrambling to get organized.


Fedeli, a former North Bay mayor, and first-time Tory candidates Caroline Mulroney, a lawyer who is running in York-Simcoe, and business and community leader Rod Phillips, running in Ajax, are likely candidates for full-time PC chief.


Tory MPP Monte McNaughton — who, like Fedeli, ran in the 2015 leadership race won by Brown — is also considering another bid for the top job.


“Monte has had 400 calls and emails asking him to consider it,” said a McNaughton loyalist, noting the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP was a key player on federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s leadership campaign last year.


“In addition to his group from the last leadership, which remains largely intact, he also has the Scheer group to draw upon,” said the insider, mindful of McNaughton’s appeal to social conservatives still furious at Brown for turning his back on them in 2016.


One-term Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, who lost to John Tory in the 2014 mayoral election, is musing about entering the race. Ford had considered a bid for the 2015 leadership contest but abandoned that after weeks of media attention.


Velshi’s memo pointed out that five other junior positions — in the leader’s office and at the party — have been eliminated.


Nicholas Bergamini, who resigned from Brown’s office Wednesday night when the then leader vowed to weather the scandal, has returned as the new director of communications.


Clint Thomas, a former Canadian Press reporter who has worked for Fedeli for years, will be the interim leader’s principal secretary.


John Sinclair, executive director of PC caucus services, will also serve as the deputy chief of staff.


The changes come as Fedeli addresses allegations of questionable party spending during the Brown era.


As first disclosed by the Star, there are concerns the PC party executive was wasting money on expensive lawsuits and rewarding allies with lucrative contracts.


“It’s important that our caucus have a very serious look at the accusations that are made in the letter,” Fedeli said Saturday, referring to a memo sent to executive members of the PC Ontario Fund by Ottawa businessman Thom Bennett, a longtime PC activist.


In his letter, Bennett urged the party, which is believed to have spent more than $1.5 million on legal fees and settlements involving candidate nomination contests, to stop wasting money.


“I want to make a motion stating that all payments of funds to reimburse lawyers defending legal suits against the PC Party of Ontario cease — immediately,” he wrote.


“We must stop this bleeding — nay gushing — of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the PC Ontario Fund, and it must be stopped now.”


http://www.metronews.ca/news/t.....7228848966
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( if the last week wasn't crazy enough Doug Ford is running for leadership )


Mike Crawley‏Verified account @CBCQueensPark · 15m15 minutes ago


BREAKING: Doug Ford announces he is running for the leadership of the @OntarioPCParty. He says the "elites" of the party "do not want me in this race" And he takes no questions. #onpoli #pcpo
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
These are some things I'd like to know:

Has anyone turned up any info in the Liberal camp? Were there any signs, for instance, of foreknowledge? Anything about the two young women? This is so-oo convenient for the Liberals, so close to an election.


The unconfirmed scuttlebutt online was that the OLP may have been aware, but likely would have dropped it in May rather than January.

If that is true or not is anyone's best guess,
But politically I agree with that logic, if the PCs are able to have a new leader in place by April 1st and are able to use that war chest to define that leader effectively (at this point competently would do) than you are not in a bad place come election time.

If it was dropped in May than you are having discussions about Patrick Browns sex life on the front porches of voters rather than discussing the Governments Record or your platform.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:


BREAKING: Doug Ford announces he is running for the leadership of the @OntarioPCParty. He says the "elites" of the party "do not want me in this race" And he takes no questions. #onpoli #pcpo

I can only think neither does anyone else wnat another Ford saga in politics.

Liberal HQ: Wanna hear a funny joke?
Staffer: Sure
Liberal HQ : Doug Ford stepped up.
Staffer: LOL...

I truly want a PC head of this Province. I am on the record for being happy w a PC province and a Liberal Fed.

Someone....of substance...someone please step up and defeat that arrogant asshole Doug Ford.

Did I tell you I do not like him ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
These are some things I'd like to know:

Has anyone turned up any info in the Liberal camp? Were there any signs, for instance, of foreknowledge? Anything about the two young women? This is so-oo convenient for the Liberals, so close to an election.

Is this a decapitation of the leadership of the party by people or organizations that we don't know. Are the complaints from the young women legit? Or are they a pretext? Is there a connivance between the Liberals and the insurgent Conservatives?

Another line of inquiry -- is this the John Tory wing of the Ontario Conservatives reacting back, against the Harris type leader? Is the party splitting? Are these the issues that are breaking up the party?



one would have to would if you were the liberals what would of been the strategic value in removing Brown as leader ?

just about every poll had said he was virtually unknown even though he had spent months visiting every corner of the province , he was an unknown backbencher in a former unpopular government , he was from a small city north of Toronto that most people don't visit or pay any attention to , his time had been full of controversy , from the nomination meetings to his sudden u turn on many policies , and the more right wing of the party and social conservatives didn't even like him


I'm not sure I see the value in removing him

if I were the liberals , the opposition leader I'd most want to see disappear would actually be the ndp leader andrea horwath , true the ndp aren't leading in the polls but ndp and liberal voters are often very similar , polls say she is very personally popular and has potential to grow during an election campaign , if she were to leave there are no obvious high profile options for the ndp , it make the odds of the ndp seeing growth and new seats much less likely

I'm just not sure why it make any difference to wynne if brown left , as the pc's are just going to bring in someone else , maybe someone better known . unless the liberals goal was simply to cause turmoil among the pc party and cause it to be unprepared for the election
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the pc leadership race has been turned upside down again with news today that Fedeli will not run for permanent leadership , so its not clear who will lead the party into the election )



CTV Northern Ontario‏Verified account @CTVNorthernNews · 4m4 minutes ago

#BreakingNews More on the news that Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli will not run for the permanent leadership position of the @OntarioPCParty. @VicFedeliMPP
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Caroline Mulroney released a statement saying she is considering running for leader but hasn't made up her mind )


Caroline Mulroney‏Verified account @C_Mulroney · 10m10 minutes ago


At this time of change, we need a steady interim leader for our party. By stepping forward and taking on this challenge, @VicFedeliMPP will provide the strong leadership we need to move forward.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vic Fedeli says he won’t run in race to lead Ontario PCs


Interim head of Ontario’s embattled Progressive Conservatives says he will forego a leadership run to "root out any rot" in the party, which has been rocked by resignations and allegations.


The Ontario PC party has been in turmoil since the resignation last week of Patrick Brown as its leader in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, accusations he vehemently denies.




By Rob FergusonQueen's Park Bureau

Tues., Jan. 30, 2018



The interim head of Ontario’s embattled Progressive Conservatives says he will forego his own leadership ambitions to “root out any rot” after a weekend of chaos for the party.

“Our party structure is in much worse shape than we knew,” Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli bluntly told a news conference, referring to a hack attack on membership lists and possible financial irregularities, among other troubles.

“Fixing this will be a massive undertaking.”

With a leadership contest set for Mar. 24, Fedeli said he will no longer run so he can focus on getting the party battle-ready for the June 7 election.

“It has been a chaotic time for our party,” he said of the resignations of leader Patrick Brown and party president Rick Dykstra amid allegations of sexual improprieity, which they have both denied.

“A steady hand is needed at the helm.”

He also called on Dykstra, who is entitled to sit on the PC party executive as past president, to “do the right thing” and resign


https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/01/30/interim-ontario-pc-leader-vic-fedeli-will-not-make-permanent-leadership-bid.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli won't run for party leadership

Fedeli tells reporters he needs to concentrate on fixing 'rot' in the party

CBC News Posted: Jan 30, 2018 11:15 AM ET| Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018 12:20 PM ET

Vic Fedeli said Tuesday the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is in worse shape internally than he previously thought. The interim party head says he won't run in the leadership race.


Interim Ontario Progressive Conservative head Vic Fedeli said today he won't enter the race to choose a permanent leader.

Fedeli, selected temporary leader Friday by caucus after Patrick Brown resigned in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, said he needs to devote all of his energy to fixing problems within the party instead of launching a leadership campaign.

Problems include issues with its computer systems, membership analysis and internal reporting.

"It has been a chaotic time for our party," he said. "I will root out any rot that has manifested itself. All of this needs work and that's what I intend to do."

Fedeli said the candidates need to be assured that they are entering a "clean race," and an "outside system" will be brought in to secure its computer systems.

He said the internal party structure is "much worse" than he previously thought.

Fedeli said a new leader will be chosen March 24, ahead of the June 7 provincial election.

Only former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford has formally joined the leadership race.


At a news conference at Queen's Park, Fedeli also announced a shuffle of his shadow cabinet:
■Lisa Thompson, who represents Huron-Bruce, becomes caucus chair.
■Lisa MacLeod, who represents Nepean-Carleton, take over as finance critic.
■Lorne Coe, who represents Whitby-Oshawa, is now education critic.

"I'm proud that our experienced Ontario PC caucus has strong female leadership," Fedeli said in the release.

He said Thompson, in particular, will work to implement a plan to strengthen workplace violence and harassment policies.

"As a team, we will continue to work, day in and day out, to hold the Wynne Liberals accountable for years of scandal, mismanagement and waste, and continue to make the case for change at Queen's Park."


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4510244
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( 2 more big names are out , looks like no one wants this job , especially with the mpp's having to run for re election in own ridings )



Lisa MacLeod‏Verified account @MacLeodLisa · 24m24 minutes ago

My statement regarding @VictorFedeli's announcement, the Finance portfolio and PC Leadership.


Alan Carter‏Verified account @ACarterglobal · 14m14 minutes ago

As expected @MonteMcNaughton rules out leadership bid. In statement says: "I have decided to focus my efforts on my local re-election campaign"
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