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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concerns linger about ‘parachute’ candidate

News 07:50 PM by Greg Mercer  Waterloo Region Record|

Tanya Khattra, who lives and works in Alberta, is looking to represent the PC Party in Cambridge. - Image from drtanyakhattra.com

CAMBRIDGE — A local contender has dropped out of the race for the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination in Cambridge, saying he's concerned about a so-called parachute candidate with little connection to the community.

Paul Brown, a former Cambridge city council candidate, has bowed out of the race for what he called personal reasons — but added he was troubled by the candidacy of Tanya Khattra, a Calgary dentist who still lives and works in Alberta.

Khattra is among four people seeking the nomination to represent the PCs in Cambridge and North Dumfries in the next provincial election. Her candidacy in the local race has raised some eyebrows, since until very recently she's had no history of residency or political involvement in this region.

"There were mitigating factors with the parachute candidate," Brown said, explaining his decision to back out. "A riding should be represented by someone who understands the issues of that riding. The rules may allow for it, but it's a personal concern."

Khattra, who has been aggressively signing up new party memberships ahead of a nomination meeting, did not respond to repeated requests for an interview. She's still maintaining office hours at a dental clinic in Calgary, which she owns, and used an Alberta driver's licence when she filed her candidate's paperwork on Sept. 17.

Her passport, used in that same application, lists a Calgary address as her residence, and her cellphone has an Alberta area code. But in her candidate's application, she listed an address on Newport Drive in Cambridge as her home.

The PC party's own rules state that to be eligible to be a candidate, a person must be qualified to sit as a member of the Legislative Assembly under the Election Act — which requires they've lived in the province for at least six months prior to the election.

"She appears to fit the definition of a parachute candidate, and it raises questions as to whether she meets the eligibility criteria to be a candidate," said Jim Karahalios, a riding association member who's leading a led a grassroots effort to give party members more say on PC policy.

"The PC party has to reassure Cambridge PC party members that not only are the rules going to be followed, but that the candidates in the race meet the criteria."

The party's president, Rick Dykstra, said he couldn't comment on any potential candidates until they win the nomination.

"All Ontario PC candidates must meet eligibility requirements, and the party individually vets candidates to ensure they meet these requirements. Until an individual becomes a candidate for our Party, we do not comment on individuals or their background," he said, in an email.

The concerns around Khattra's candidacy blew up earlier this month, when members of the Cambridge riding association complained the central PC party was interfering in the nomination process — bumping up the nomination meeting by a month, and cutting short the time to sign up supporters.

The local nominating committee had already selected Nov. 4 as the day to choose their candidate, but party headquarters overruled that and picked Oct. 4 as the date. Some complained that unexpected decision gave Khattra, who had a lead in signing up new memberships, an unfair advantage.

Facing an uproar from local party members, the party reversed that decision. A new nomination meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Rob Leone, the riding president, has declined to talk about what happened with the nomination meeting, but last week issued a statement saying concerns about a hand-picked parachute candidate were "not based on fact."

But if Khattra wins the nomination, Karahalios isn't sure she'd even be allowed to run in the election.

"If Kathleen Wynne calls a snap election any time in the next six months, and she was the candidate as of Oct. 4, she would have been ineligible to serve," Karahalios said.

Bert Laranjo, Sunny Attwal and Joshua Carron are also seeking the nomination for the PCs in Cambridge. Brown, who said he's now supporting Attwal, said he hopes party members are able to rally around a local candidate.

"Someone who isn't from this area and isn't involved in the community, they're not going to know those issues," he said. "I think someone who is educated about the process would have a problem with that."


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rookie councillor Donna Skelly nominated as Flamborough-Glanbrook PC candidate

1 candidate who wanted the nomination says the experience was 'a whole lot of House of Cards'

By Samantha Craggs, CBC News Posted: Oct 05, 2017 8:25 PM ET| Last Updated: Oct 05, 2017 8:25 PM ET

Donna Skelly will run against a fellow councillor in the Flamborough-Glanbrook riding. This will be Skelly's third election run for the Ontario PC party.

Donna Skelly will run for the Ontario PC party in Flamborough-Glanbrook next year — making it a rare race where two city councillors will face off against each other. They'll also be able to run for council again if neither win.

Skelly, who won a Ward 7 byelection just last year, will run for the Tories in June. Judi Partridge, Ward 15 councillor in Flamborough, will run for the Liberals in the newly redrawn riding.

Skelly said last month that the Flamborough-Glanbrook nomination wasn't an acclamation, and that she'd have to compete for the spot. But at Thursday's meeting, she was the only contender.
■Skelly, rookie councillor, wants to run for PCs in Flamborough-Glanbrook

Nick Lauwers, a mental health therapist, posted to social media in September saying he'd been told to step back, even though he'd been fundraising and signing up members for months. Dan Sadler said the same.

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown issued a statement Thursday welcoming Skelly to the team.

"I congratulate Donna Skelly on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

"Donna brings a wealth of experience to our Ontario PC team," he said. "She currently sits as a local city councillor where she is becoming known for holding council to account on waste. Her dedication to her community has been recognized as the Hamilton Woman of the Year by the YWCA."

This is Skelly's third attempt at a provincial run. The former CHCH-TV reporter took her first run at municipal politics last February and won by 92 votes over a heat of 22 people.

Her closest contender, John-Paul Danko, said he's "strongly considering" running in Ward 7 again.

With the timing of next year's elections, both Skelly and Partridge can run provincially and then for their council seats if they lose. The provincial election is scheduled for June 7, while the municipal election will be Oct. 22.

Skelly said she doesn't see her running against Partridge as being an issue at the council table.

"It would make great headlines, but the truth is she's the ultimate professional, and there's absolutely no issue," she said. "It's very respectful. It's a nice healthy competition."

Skelly's election expenses from last year show that her council run had strong financial backing from local PC party members.

The NDP haven't nominated a candidate in Flamborough-Glanbrook yet.

Another Hamilton PC race has drawn headlines. Two would-be candidates, Vikram Singh and Jeff Peller, are challenging the party in court, asking for a judicial review of what they say was ballot box stuffing at an Ancaster nomination meeting.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ex-MP Ed Holder seeking PC nomination in London West

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press

Friday, October 13, 2017 9:12:39 EDT PM

Ed Holder (Postmedia Network file photo)

Two years after losing his federal seat, former MP Ed Holder is planning a return to politics.

After winning the London West seat twice in federal elections for the Conservatives, Holder, 63, is seeking the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination in the riding.

If Holder clinches the nomination, he’ll run for the seat behind party leader Patrick Brown in the election next spring.

Holder, who was minister of state for science and technology under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, was first elected in 2008. Holder was re-elected in 2011, but lost to Liberal Kate Young in the 2015 federal election.

Thames Valley district school board trustee Jake Skinner also has put his name forward for the PC nomination in London West.

A date for the nomination meeting has not yet been set.

The London West seat is held by New Democrat MPP Peggy Sattler, who won it in a 2013 byelection and retained it the next year.

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Confirmed: Teresa Armstrong, NDP; Eric Weniger, PC
•London North Centre

Confirmed: Susan Truppe, PC

Seeking nomination: Tanya Park, NDP
•London West

Confirmed: Peggy Sattler, NDP

Seeking nomination: Ed Holder and Jake Skinner for PCs

Confirmed: Jeff Yurek, PC

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