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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a surprising potential candidate for the pc nomination for Mississauga South , tv reporter from liberal media ? wonder how this is going to go over ? )

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Nov 17, 2010 - 10:37 AM
0 .TV reporter to be PC candidate

Happy family. TV reporter Darryl Konynenbelt — seen here in 2007 with his wife, CBC co-anchor Anne-Marie Mediwake, and their triplets Annabel, Libby and Max — will announce his run for office this morning. Torstar Network Darryl Konynenbelt plans to go from covering the news to making it.
The television journalist, who until recently was Global Toronto’s Newshour west-end bureau chief, based at an office in the Mississauga Civic Centre, will announce this morning that he will seek the provincial nomination as the candidate for the Progressive Conservatives in Mississauga South.
The riding is currently held by first-term Liberal Charles Sousa, who won the 2007 election against Conservative Tim Peterson, the former Mississauga South MPP who changed parties to run for the Tories.
Konynenbelt said in a press release that “Ontarians are worried about the future. The opportunities once offered in this great province are fading into distant memory. We need to rebuild and we need to provide the kind of tax relief needed to give people the confidence to spend again. It’s time for the people of Mississauga South to have their say and it’s time for a candidate who will listen.”
Born and raised on a farm south of Calgary, the candidate has never run for public office before but is no stranger to politics. In a 20-year broadcasting career in Alberta, B.C. and Ontario, he has covered many elections.
“The time to run is now,” said Konynenbelt . “I’m committed to ensure we don’t face another four years of Liberal rule in this province, Liberal rule that has forced the good people of Mississauga South to needlessly fear for their families health, safety and future prosperity.”
Konynenbelt and his wife Anne-Marie Mediwake, who is the anchor of CBC Newshour, have three-year-old triplets Libby, Annabel and Maxim. They live in Oakville but plan to move to Mississauga.
Already declared for the PC nomination is Geoff Janoscik who was born and raised in Mississauga South. He announced his candidacy in March. The lawyer is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and Osgoode Hall Law School.
The next provincial election will be held Oct. 6, 2011.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some news on the barrie pc nomination , former city councillor rod jackson now running )

Jackson chasing provincial seat
Posted 6 hours ago

Soon-to-be former city councillor Rod Jackson wants to take his political voice to Queen's Park.

The 40-year-old Ward 3 councillor is seeking the nomination as the local Progressive Conservative candidate in next year's provincial election.

Losing his council seat to Doug Shipley pushed Jackson into the provincial ring quicker than even he expected.

"The door opened for me because I didn't have any obstacles," said Jackson, adding that wading into provincial politics is something he has wanted to do for many years.

"I've never made that a secret," he said. "Is it something I would have done had I won municipally? I would have to have done some serious soul-searching."

Jackson said he likely wouldn't have officially entered the PC race this time around had he retained his council seat.

"It would be a little disingenuous to run for a municipal position and then so quickly afterwards go for another level of government," added Jackson, president of a human resources outsourcing company.

Greer Campbell-Hermiston is the only other person to throw their hat into the PC ring so far.

"This has been a life-long goal of mine. I always knew this was something I wanted to do," Campbell-Hermiston said, adding she's also "excited" by PC Leader Tim Hudak's plans for the province.

Campbell-Hermiston, 47, who works in the online learning sector, said the timing was right for her to seek the nomination. Her 17-year-old son will be heading off to pursue a post-secondary education next year, while her 14-year-old daughter will be entering Grade 10.

"Personally and professionally, I'm ready," she said.


A nomination convention is expected to be held in mid-February. The deadline for nominations is 45 days in advance of the convention.

"We're looking to win this riding back," said Fred Hamelink, president of the Barrie Provincial Progressive Conservative Riding Association. "The pulse in Barrie is people are also looking for change."

There have also been questions about whether Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll will run again for the Liberals.

Carroll was unavailable for comment, but her media liaison, Lynda Murtha, said the veteran politician has "no plans to retire" at this time.

The next provincial election is slated for Oct. 6, 2011.

There are several issues Jackson says need to be addressed, including health care, provincial prosperity and the HST.

"It's tough economic times, but it's tough for the whole country," Jackson said. "For us to fall below the line where we're actually taking money from provinces like Newfoundland to equalize us is a sign that we're being mismanaged. I never thought (Ontario being a have-not province) would be possible. That's what really resonates with me and gets my blood boiling."

Other names have also been linked to the PC nomination.

Pat Hebert, who ran unsuccessfully in Ward 4, said last year he would seek the PC nomination. However, that was several months ago. Hebert said Tuesday night that he's now focused on his education and his business.

Andrew Prince, who, like Jackson, lost his city council seat, also announced last year he would seek the local PC nomination. However, he could not be reached to comment on his intentions.

Prince, who represented Ward 9, has two matters currently before the courts, including an assault charge from 2009 and threatening an on-duty city police officer earlier this year.

There has also been speculation that city councillor Alex Nuttall, who won his Ward 10 seat handily, is also interested in the PC nomination. However, he also did not respond to requests for comment.

The local riding association was dissolved last year following criminal charges against two of its board members. The charges were later stayed (put on hold for a year and will be withdrawn unless more evidence is found) by the Crown attorney.

However, local PC party insiders say those allegations have been a non-factor as the association was rebuilt from the ground up.

"That's old news, water under the bridge," Jackson said. "The last several months we've actually been in good shape."

Membership has increased "substantially" in the city, Hamelink said.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some news on the peterborough nomination )

Municipal candidate takes run at provincial politics
Posted 7 hours ago

On the heels of a strong run for city council, Dave Haacke has now declared his candidacy for Peterborough riding's provincial Progressive Conservative nomination for next year's provincial election.

The 55-year-old father-of-four, who ran in the municipal election for the Northcrest Ward, says he doesn't know the nomination meeting date yet but hopes it will be announced during the local riding association's annual general meeting Dec. 16.

Other declared candidates are Alan Wilson and Heather Kenny. Bruce Fitzpatrick was the party's candidate in the 2007 election.

The Peterborough resident is a salesman for AM/PM Service, a technology company based in B.C., and has served as president for both the federal and provincial Progressive Conservative riding associations in Peterborough.

Haacke has also had three unsuccessful bids for city council in the 1980s, 2003 and 2010.

Haacke, whose wife Joanne teaches at Westmount Public School, said he was encouraged to run for the Progressive Conservatives after a strong showing in October's election.

After being in second place in the polls for most of election night, he was edged out by 138 votes by longtime politician Coun. Bob Hall in the final tally.

Almost immediately after the municipal election, Haacke says he was getting calls saying he should run for the Progressive Conservatives.

Haacke says he used to be a Liberal, recalling voting for former prime minister Pierre Trudeau in the 1970s, but has changed his politics because he's a firm believer in less government and lower taxes.

NOTE: Dave Haacke says he was former Peterborough Progressive Conservative MP Bill Domm's campaign manager in 1993. Domm was ousted after 14 years as MP by Liberal Peter Adams in that election.... Haacke's last name is pronounced "hay-key


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( another surprising retirement from queens park , liberal mpp for nipissing Monique Smith is leaving , nipissing was very close last time so no doubt become a top pc target in 2011 now that it be vacant )

McGuinty cabinet minister won't seek re-election

Queen's Park, Ontario's legislature. (Tom Podolec / CTV Toronto)
Updated: Fri Nov. 19 2010 1:28:26 PM

The Canadian Press

TORONTO) — Cabinet minister Monique Smith says she won't be seeking re-election when Ontario voters head to the polls next year.

Smith, who is both intergovernmental affairs minister and government house leader, says she will stay on until the election next October.

She has represented the northern riding of Nipissing since 2003 after serving as Premier Dalton McGuinty's chief of staff when he was Opposition leader.

She was elevated to cabinet in 2007, serving as revenue minister and then tourism minister.

McGuinty has said that he shared a special bond with Smith because they both took over the ridings their late fathers represented.

Smith is the latest Liberal to announce she's not seeking re-election. Speaker Steve Peters -- a former labour minister -- is also calling it quits.

"Since my election in 2003 I have had the privilege to serve the people of Nipissing as their representative and to work with countless dedicated individuals as we strive to improve the quality of life for the people of Nipissing," Smith said in a statement.

"I am extremely proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together over the last seven years."


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Better to leave on your own terms I guess?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


2007 candidate Zoran Churchin acclaimed in Mississauga East-Cooksville

Ted Arnott acclaimed in Wellington-Halton Hills

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Randy Pettapiece beats out Jeff Marshall for the Perth-Wellington nom 192-130.


Dave Brister acclaimed in Essex.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


George Lepp, Niagara-on-the-Lake farmer and businessman beats out former CFL'er and town councilor Sandy Annunziata and tourism director Arlene White.

Lepp got 469 votes to Annunziata 383 with White getting 128 votes, apparently White's votes going to Lepp is on second ballot is what did it.

On another note, between this and the Perth-Wellington nomination article, it seems the final results of the nomination seem to be getting out into the media more and more, aren't they supposed to be kept secret?


Scott Wasson jumps in in Peterborugh, joining Heather Kenny, Dave Haacke and Alan Wilson. Scott Stewart, son of former MPP Gary Stewart is apparently thinking about it.


And councillour Alex Nuttell makes his bid for the Barrie nomination official.

Looks like plenty of contested nominations coming up.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope they run someone serious in Sudbury. That city has got nothing from the Liberals - either when it was an opposition MPP or Cabinet Minister. And I have no grudge against Rick Bartelucci. He is just a cog in a thouroughly rotten machine.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of speculation for both the Liberals and PC's in this article on Nippissing.


Outgoing North Bay Mayor Vic Fedeli is apparenrly a favourite to win the PC nod if he decides to run for it, but plenty of others could also take a shot.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( new candidate well sort of in sudbury , 2008 federal cpc cand is now 2011 provincial candidate )

Labelle to run for the provincial Conservatives in Sudbury; Bartolucci goes on the attack
Local News
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Sudbury voters can count on Gerry Labelle for fight for them, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says.

Hudak welcomed Labelle to the Conservative team, after he received the PC nomination for Sudbury in next October's provincial election.

"While the McGuinty Liberals have grown increasingly out of touch, the hard-working families in Sudbury can count on Gerry to fight for their priorities and protect their pocketbooks," Hudak said in a release.

Labelle is a consultant specializing in organizational development, strategic planning and team-building. He is the past president of Northridge Savings and Credit Union, a founding member of Music and Film in Motion and the United Way Leadership Development Program.

He is also a member of the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Good Green Questions for Good Green Jobs Sudbury and Imagine Sudbury. He sits on the fundraising committee for Theatre Cambrian and has helped raise funds for the Breast Cancer Equipment Fund in Sudbury.

Labelle ran for the federal Conservatives in Sudbury riding in 2008, but came into third behind Glenn Thibeault, who took the riding for the NDP.

In winning the Conservative nomination, Labelle echoed his leader's comments. "It is clear to me that there is a tremendous desire for change among families in Sudbury struggling to keep up under Dalton McGuinty who is out of touch with their priorities," he saiud.

Labelle said charting a new course to northern jobs and growth must include northern input, while striking a balance between economic growth and protection of our natural heritage, such as boreal forests.

He said the Ontario PC Party has committed to repealing the "damaging Far North Act that was pushed through by the McGuinty government without consulting northern families and businesses."

Labelle said the legislation will choke off 50% of Northern Ontario from future economic development "at a time when northern families need new jobs and investment."

To win the Sudbury riding, Labelle will have to defeat Rick Bartolucci, a longtime Liberal MPP and cabinet minister.


It didn't take Bartolucci long to go on the attack, once Labelle was confirmed as the Tory candidate.

"The Harris-Hudak team never understood Sudbury and the North," Bartolucci said in a statement. "During their time in government, Sudburians discovered that PC stood for Public Cuts - cuts to education, health care, public services and funding for Northern communities."

Bartolucci said Hudak has no understanding or vision for the North, as displayed on Hudak's "Have Your Say" website.

"His government is all flash and no funds," said Bartolucci. "Tim Hudak is a stale left-over from the old Harris government and he's done nothing to demonstrate he's changed. I challenge the new Tory candidate to state his position. Does he support the actions of his boss, Tim Hudak, when it comes to his attack on the North when his government was in power?

"What does he stand for? And unlike his boss Tim Hudak, does Gerry Labelle have a plan for Sudbury and the North?"


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Mr. Hudak must give his legitimate small-c fiscal and social conservative supporters some ideal of his specific policy agenda before requesting either financial or electoral support. For example:

His platform must include canceling the HST;

How quickly will he implement a 15% across the board cut in all program spending;

Eradication of this nationalization of a large part of the child care industry which was another of McGuinty’s gifts to his teachers’ union bosses;

We need a specific plan pursuant to tackling McGuinty’s deficit, debt and the 9% unemployment rate. What programs would he cut, and what programs would he eliminate;

How quickly would Hudak sell the auto companies that comrade McGuinty Nationalized?

We need an announcement pursuant to laying off ten of thousands of useless civil servants, and that he would freeze salaries of all remaining bureaucrats, including teachers;

How quickly would Hudak sell crown corporations including the Lottery and Gaming Corp, TVO, Hydro 1 and the LCBO?

When will he privatize some of the peripheral health care services?

How quickly will he reform a number of the current “universal” entitlement programs to programs that require “means testing”?

How quickly will Hudak end the massive subsidies that are suppose to create the mythical “green jobs”? No one can count the number of real jobs destroyed in order to subsidies these “green” companies that will never survive without taxpayers dollars.

We legitimate small-c fiscal and social conservatives voted for Hudak largely because we thought he was one of us. I’ve been getting the feeling that we may have made the same mistake as us old Reform/Alliance members did when we voted for a alleged small-c conservative named Harper.

Its time for Hudak to get off his butt and tell us how he would slay the $25 billion dollar deficit, work on the debt, increase productivity, and lower taxes!

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( new candidate in Northumberland Quinte West )

Milligan gets local Tory nod
Local News
Posted 1 day ago

BRIGHTON -Rob Milligan will be representing the PC Party of Northumberland Quinte West in the October 2011 provincial election.

About 600 party members registered their votes Saturday, choosing Milligan as their man to run against MPP Lou Rinaldi next year.

Milligan was up against Brighton's Brian Ostrander, Port Hope's John Floyd and Cobourg's Richard Greene.

It took nearly an hour to tally the votes in what was termed a close-fought race, but the choice was clear and the small group remaining behind to hear the results cheered loudly.

"We need to move forward united as a party if we're going to put a candidate from Northumberland-Quinte West in Queen's Park next year," Milligan said.

Milligan said he plans to focus on reducing taxes, hydro costs, job creation and the HST.

Milligan is a high school teacher and operates a small beef farm in Trent Hills.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( bizare nomination race in Barrie , after current city councillor alex nuttal joined the race a few weeks after winning city council seat . its looking like it be a wild nomination meeting there next week and does not seem like riding united behind one person )

Janis Ramsay, STAFF
Dec 09, 2010 - 6:00 AM
0 .Controversy in Nuttall nomination bid

BARRIE - Barrie’s Ward 10 Coun. Alex Nuttall wants to represent Barrie for the PC party of Ontario, but he’s been under fire since putting his name in the ring.

Jack Garner, a PC riding executive member, has asked for Nuttall’s withdrawal from the race. He said he’s making the request as chair of the nomination committee.

But Nuttall isn’t budging. “The validity of that nomination committee is being questioned as we speak,” he said.

An executive meeting is happening Friday night at State Farm Insurance on Bryne Drive to discuss the matter.

The first attack was aimed at Nuttall’s timing – joining the provincial bid so soon after a municipal election. If he’s elected as the PC party’s candidate Dec. 17, it means a costly municipal bi-election in his ward within a month of him being named to the seat.

The second issue is that crisp, new, sequenced bills were used to sign up PC party members, and the finger was pointed at Nuttall for improprieties.

Nuttall said more than 600 membership forms were submitted by his team on the deadline day, Nov. 26.

“We were selling memberships and people paid with $20s, $50s and $100s,” said Nuttall.

A membership is $10, but if paid in cash it must be sent to party headquarters as a $10 payment. “I can’t hand in 10 forms and a $100 bill.”

So on deadline day – when, Nuttall said, he was a patient at RVH after collapsing during a speech at Tollendale Village - a large sum of $10 bills was withdrawn to pay for each of the recent memberships, and change was made accordingly.

Nuttall said he didn’t pay for the memberships himself. “I work hard at my job, but don’t have the money to pay for 500 memberships.”

The Ontario PC party has investigated the situation, but Nuttall said it always does, saying, “In all nominations, every membership from the candidates is confirmed by the party.”

More than 400 of his memberships are being called into question, but Nuttall said they are legitimate.

“We’re trying to rebuild the party right now. I don’t want people to be members who aren’t real members. We need to spread the word about the PC party and we need active supporters,” he said.

This isn’t the first time the PC party membership has come into question, however.

In 2004, when Patrick Brown wanted to be the federal candidate, there was confusion after the merging of the Canadian Alliance and the Conservative parties.

Members had a credit card slip to show they paid for a membership, but their name wasn’t included on the party list for the nomination vote, so their legitimacy was contested.

At that time, Brown was also a Barrie city councillor. Current Liberal MPP Aileen Carroll and Joe Tascona were councillors as well when they ran for their political party nominations.

“Unfortunately, combative forms of democracy are taking place. There have been similar accusations in the past of federal and provincial parties,” said Nuttall.

He added those accusations were found to be false in the past.

Rod Jackson, also in the running for the candidacy and a former member of Barrie council, said he just wants an honest nomination race.

“We’re trying to build the public’s trust and I’m trying to do everything right. If other candidates aren’t, I can’t control their actions,” said Jackson. “I have no comment on Alex and his troubles.”

While the nomination committee set a 6 p.m. Wednesday deadline for Nuttall to withdraw before they’d take the matter to the party, a senior official said no candidates are in the crosshairs.

A senior party official from the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, who asked to be kept anonymous, said no candidate would be removed from this nomination race.

He said all memberships paid by cash are being investigated, and it’s not the first time party mudslinging has happened.

After next Friday’s vote, all members will be expected to support the local candidate, he added.


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Lawyer Chris Taucar, who narrowly lost the federal Tory nomination, is also running in the London North Centre provincial nomination race

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