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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."


https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7581416-concerns-linger-about-parachute-candidate/
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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.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4342606
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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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WHO'S RUNNING
•London-Fanshawe

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
•Elgin-Middlesex-London

Confirmed: Jeff Yurek, PC


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Postmedia Chair Rod Phillips to seek PC nomination in Ajax


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TORONTO — Postmedia Chair Rod Phillips will announce plans Thursday to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination in the new riding of Ajax, the Toronto Sun has learned.

Phillips would be yet another high-profile, star candidate for party leader Patrick Brown, who’s already brought Caroline Mulroney on board to run in the riding of York-Simcoe, should he win the nomination.

Provincial parties at Queen’s Park are currently pulling together their teams for what promises to be a hard-fought and contentious election campaign following 14 years of Liberal rule.

Although it’s early days, polling shows Brown’s PC’s out in front of Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.

Ridings such as Ajax will be critical to electoral success in next June’s provincial election because the party that has claimed the suburbs around Toronto in the past has gone on to form the government.


Phillips would bring a wealth of political, government and business experience to Brown’s PC team.

He served as the chief of staff to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman and in the same role to former PC labour minister Elizabeth Witmer. He was president and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. and president and CEO of workplace health and productivity giant Shepell.fgi, now Morneau Shepell.

In addition, Phillips is currently chair of CivicAction Toronto, which brings together business and community leaders to address challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Global Head of Afiniti, an international artificial intelligence company, and chair of the Telus Toronto Community Board.

He also sits on the board of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Phillips is most recently best known as Chair of Postmedia, the largest chain of newspapers and digital media products in the country, including the Toronto Sun and the National Post


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Postmedia chair Rod Phillips tapped as star candidate for the PCs in Ajax


Phillips, chair of the board for the nonpartisan CivicAction urban affairs organization, heads Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper company, owners of the National Post, the Toronto Sun, and the Ottawa Citizen.


Rod Phillips, the chair of Postmedia and former head of Ontario Lottery and Gaming, will run for the Progressive Conservatives in Ajax next spring. (Star file photo)


By Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Thu., Nov. 2, 2017



Rod Phillips, the chair of Postmedia and former head of Ontario Lottery and Gaming, is running for the Progressive Conservatives in Ajax next spring.

Phillips, chair of the board for the nonpartisan CivicAction urban affairs organization, heads Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper company, owners of the National Post, the Toronto Sun, and the Ottawa Citizen.

As first disclosed by the Star, he will be the candidate to replace lawyer Todd McCarthy, who withdrew his candidacy last month, as the Tory standard-bearer in the redrawn riding of Ajax in the June 7, 2018 election.

The existing riding is known as Ajax-Pickering and has been held by Liberal backbencher Joe Dickson, 77, since 2007.

Dickson defeated McCarthy in the 2014 election with 51 per cent of the vote to the PC candidate’s 29 per cent.


“I only have one job in life and that’s to work seven days a week, around the clock, for my residents in Ajax,” the Liberal MPP said Thursday when the Star informed him who he would be facing off against next year.

The Tories, who have done a lot of polling in Ajax this year, believe things will be different next spring as they try to topple Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.

Phillips, 52, who will step aside from his Postmedia and CivicAction responsibilities, said he wants to be part of the “positive, inclusive” team being assembled by Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown.



“Ajax has been left behind by Premier Wynne and her government. High electricity costs are a burden on families and businesses and discourage new investments from being made here,” he said.

“Commuters are spending more and more time trying to get to and from their jobs and that means less time with family.”

His candidacy is a coup for Brown because the well-respected business and civic leader is widely seen as a potential senior minister in a Tory government.

Close to Toronto Mayor John Tory, Phillips is a centrist with deep ties in the PC party dating back to his campus days at Western University in the 1980s.

But he is also highly regarded by the Liberals at Queen’s Park. Former premier Dalton McGuinty hired him to lead the financial and cultural turnaround at OLG in 2011. He served as president and CEO of the Crown agency until 2014.

OLG, which operates the 800-machine slots at Ajax Downs, is one of the largest employers in the riding.

Phillips was a chief of staff to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman in the first days of the megacity in the late 1990s and was later president of Shepell-fgi, the employee assistance company, now known as Morneau-Shepell.

He brings to Brown’s burgeoning roster of candidates some additional Bay Street heft, joining financial services veteran Peter Bethlenfalvy in Pickering-Uxbridge and high-profile lawyer Caroline Mulroney in York-Simcoe.

Insiders close to the Tory leader said Phillips will be one of the candidates the party will be showcasing at their policy convention in Toronto later this month.

Having not won an Ontario election since 1999, the Tories are eager to demonstrate that they are ready to govern with a slate of electable candidates from all walks of life.

They are also hopeful that an uncontested nomination of Phillips in the next few weeks will put to rest some of the controversial internecine battles that have plagued Brown’s party this year.

There has been serious problems with PC nominations in at least seven of the 124 ridings in the province.


https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/11/02/postmedia-chair-rod-phillips-tapped-as-star-candidate-for-the-pcs-in-ajax.html
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some news from northern Ontario , a former mp is running in Kenora , a riding that will be altered as heavily native areas are getting there own riding to the north , so the new kenora riding may be much easier for the pc's to pick up than in past )


Former Kenora Conservative MP to be Kenora-Rainy River PC candidate in 2018 Ontario election


Miner and News

Friday, November 10, 2017 4:45:57 EST PM

Greg Rickford is making his return to politics as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River riding in the 2018 Ontario provincial election. File photo



Greg Rickford is making a return to the political game - this time as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River district in the upcoming 2018 Ontario provincial election.

The longtime politician was last heard from in Oct. 2015 when he lost his federal seat in Kenora to Liberal Bob Nault in a tight race. Rickford was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2008 federal election and he served as the Minister of Natural Resources in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet.

Rickford celebrated his 50th birthday on Sept. 24 of this year.

The Kenora-Rainy River nomination meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 in Dryden where Rickford is expected to be announced as the riding's PC candidate, according to multiple sources.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The race to become the Barrie Innisfil pc candidate has taken another unexpected turn , it appeared to be decided months ago when a barrie city councillor ( Doug Shipley ) was running but then he dropped out and the nomination has never been filled and left open for months .


there is still 2 candidates listed Lawrence Virdum and shawn bubel , both virtually unknown in the riding , another city councillor ( morales ) expressed interest and I wasn't aware he was even a tory but appears to never have moved forward on a serious bid

now a new candidate has emerged , a young conservative insider/staffer ( has held various positions with provincial party but only in her mid 20's ) who is from barrie , Andrea Khanjin , somewhat of an unknown but already has a professional website and appears to be running a serious campaign aimed at winning the nomination


http://www.andreakhanjin.ca/



this would seem like a riding the pc's really should pick up , it went against a strong liberal trend in the GTA last federal election and historically the pc's almost always win every seat in simcoe county provincially , its surprising its taken so long to find a candidate for the riding
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rickford offically named PC candidate for Kenora-Rainy River


Miner and News

Sunday, November 19, 2017 6:33:00 EST PM



Former Kenora MP Greg Rickford was acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Kenora-Rainy River MPP in the 2018 Ontario election by PC riding association members over the weekend. File photo/Postmedia Network



Greg Rickford was officially named the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River region by acclimation at the party’s nomination meeting Nov. 18 in Dryden.

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown issued a press release congratulating Rickford on the nomination.

“Greg brings exceptional experience to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic PC team,” said Brown. “For seven years he served as the federal representative for Kenora, in addition to responsibilities such as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of State for Federal Economic Development Northern Ontario Region.”

In addition to his political career, Rickford works as a practising lawyer and advisor specializing in natural resources, indigenous and health matters and has lived and worked in indigenous communities across Northwestern Ontario.

In a post on his political Facebook page, Rickford said he and Brown have a vision for creating a better Ontario to put communities in a position to succeed.

“Ontarians are suffering under a government that has made the cost of living too expensive,” said Rickford. “I am excited to join the PC Ontario team and put my experience of delivering results to work for the people of Kenora.”

To follow Rickford’s campaign on Facebook visit https://www.facebook.com/GregRickfordPC/.

Ontario’s provincial election is scheduled to be called for June 2018.







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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( clearly the party see's some potential not seen in years up north , there appears to be seats they have not held since the 80's which might finally be in play once again for the party )


Greg Rickford and Derek Parks
Acclaimed in NWO

Greg Rickford Kenora-Rainy River Derek Parks Thunder Bay-Superior North

Lake Superior News

#LSN_News #LSN_OntElection Greg Rickford Derek Parks

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO November 19, 2017 (LSN) The Ontario PC party has chosen its candidates in two northern ridings to run in the 2018 election.

'I am proud to be the Ontario PC Candidate for our riding of Kenora-Rainy River in the upcoming provincial election. Ontarians are suffering under a government that has made the cost of living too expensive. Patrick and his team have a vision for a better Ontario that puts our communities in the best position possible to succeed. I am excited to join the Ontario PC team and put my experience of delivering results to work for the people of Kenora - Rainy River."


Derek Parks will be representing the Progressive Conservatives in Thunder Bay-Superior North, and Greg Rickford will be representing the party in Kenora-Rainy River.

John Henderson, president of the Thunder Bay-Superior North PC riding association, confirmed that Derek Parks was acclaimed.

The Thunder Bay-Superior North riding is currently held by long-time Liberal MPP Michael Gravelle, while NDP MPP Sarah Campbell holds the Kenora-Rainy River riding.

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown stated “I congratulate Greg on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate in Kenora-Rainy River.

"Greg brings exceptional experience to our modern, inclusive, and pragmatic PC team. For seven years he served as the federal representative for Kenora, in addition to responsibilities such as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of State for Federal Economic Development Northern Ontario Region. Greg has spent years being a passionate voice for the North, and I know he would continue his hard work at Queen’s Park.

“In addition to his years of public service, Greg is a practicing lawyer and advisor specializing in natural resources, indigenous, and health matters, and has lived and worked in Indigenous communities across Northwestern Ontario. Serving on the board of directors of Noront Resources, Greg understands the importance of moving forward with the Ring of Fire, a once in a lifetime economic opportunity for the North.

“After 14 years in power, life is harder under the Wynne Liberals. Northern Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less.

“The Wynne Liberals have treated Northern Ontario as a ‘no man’s land.’ It’s time for a change. Only the Ontario PC Party will put Northern Ontario first, and make sure hardworking families pay less and get ahead.

“In Kenora-Rainy River and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Greg as we share our positive message of change for the better.”


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parks heading back to the ballot for Ontario PC party


Derek Parks acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate to run in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding.
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THUNDER BAY - The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has selected a familiar face to vie for the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding that it has been unable to win for the last 40 years.

Derek Parks was acclaimed as the PC candidate on Friday to run in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding in next year’s provincial election.

“The time is right for change,” Parks said following his nomination. “We have a provincial leader who does care about the north and we have a lot of time to see that commitment as we move forward to that election.”

Parks came in third when he ran for the PC party in 2014 and drew criticism for not actually living in the riding. Originally from Nolalu, Parks and his family have moved back to the region and bought a house in Shuniah.

“We do think it is time for a change in the province of Ontario and I think there is some time for change here in Thunder Bay-Superior North,” said Rick Dykstra, president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. “I know that Derek is an outstanding candidate, he understands the political process, he sits on our party’s executive, he has a strong history in terms of understanding how to run.”

Following his nomination, Parks became emotional as he spoke about his commitment to the North, as well as party leader, Patrick Brown's commitment to the region.

“He wanted change,” Parks said. “The reality is we lost three provincial elections and basically shot ourselves in the foot. What I appreciate about Patrick is when he talked, he brought it more into my belief systems. Patrick was the first progressive conservative leader to march in the Gay Pride Parade. These issues have sailed and are no longer relevant in today's Canadian or provincial politics.”


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Leading up to the next year’s election, Parks said issues like hydro rates and MPAC assessments going up are making it more difficult for people on fixed incomes to afford to live in Northern Ontario.

“When you look at hydro which is almost an essential service, you feel you are being taken advantage of with the hydro rates,” he said. “It’s one of the common things I hear when I talked to people, is hydro. With hydro going up, it’s like death by a thousand cuts and people are looking to stop the bleeding.”

The Progressive Conservatives have not won a seat in the riding since 1963, but both Parks and Dykstra believe the people in Northern Ontario want to see change.

“The north is part what builds our party,” Dykstra said. “We believe there is a great opportunity for us to send a good contingent of northerners representing this community on the government side. We believe in the north and that the north has a lot to say.”

Parks will be running against Liberal incumbent, Michael Gravelle, and an NDP candidate that will be selected during a nomination meeting on Sunday.

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/parks-heading-back-to-the-ballot-for-ontario-pc-party-770351
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Mississauga resident Deepak Anand fights for Ontario PC nomination

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Nov 2017


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Mississauga, Nov 19 (IBNS): Indian origin Deepak Anand, who is living in Mississauga for over 16 years, will fight for the Ontario PC nomination, media reports said.





In a recent interview with a newspaper, Anand even expressed his wish to represent Mississauga-Malton.

Speaking about Mississauga, Anand said: "It is this diversity and unity that made me to take a leap. I have worked with the people of this riding since many years and their strong belief in me and my vision, cemented my decision to be their nominee."

Regarding the campaigning, Anand said on his website: "Our team's campaign is going to be based on three principles, Active, Inspired, Motivated - It will be our personal AIM."

"As a candidate I promise to continue to be Active in the community and ensure to always fight for what is necessary. Secondly, I will make sure to listen to the citizens and learn from those who Inspire me, the good people of Mississauga-Malton. And finally I am Motivated, I have been involved in the community for more than 10 years and I want to continue to serve the people.," he added.

Anand completed his MBA degree from the Schulich School of Business. It is after that he had decided to return something to where he spent his last 16 years.

Anand also believes that Canadian politicians are doing a lot of social services.

He even illustrated the things he would to like to address if gets not nominated. "Upon becoming Member of Provincial Parliament for Ontario, I will like to implement the following series of policies and ideas in Mississauga-Malton. These policies come under something what I call my AIM, it is what I will Act upon, what I am Inspired to do, and the Motivations behind it."


(Reporting by Suman Das)

https://indiablooms.com/world-details/USN/13580/mississauga-resident-deepak-anand-fights-for-ontario-pc-nomination.html
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brown adds big name in Ontario PCs’ push for GTA seats


Rod Phillips, a one-time chief of staff for former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, will run for the Ajax seat currently held by the Liberals.



Ontario Progessive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown will needs to make inroads into the GTA in order to form government in the 2018 provincial election. In 2014, the Liberals won 34 of 40 seats in Toronto and the 905 Belt while the Conservatives won just two.



By Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017



AJAX—The Progressive Conservatives are aggressively setting their sights on the Greater Toronto Area ridings that have kept the Liberals in government since 2003.

Tory Leader Patrick Brown signalled Wednesday night that his “modern, inclusive and pragmatic” party is ready to make inroads throughout the GTA in the June 7, 2018 election.

“There’s something special happening out there,” said Brown as he touted prominent corporate and community leader Rod Phillips as the party’s candidate in Liberal-held Ajax.

“Under the Liberals, families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change. I know Rod would be a strong voice for Ajax families at Queen’s Park,” he told 400 cheering Tories at a local golf and curling club.

Brown pointed out Phillips’ nomination was only the second he has attended — the other was Caroline Mulroney’s in York-Simcoe earlier this fall. Mulroney is the Tories’ other big-name nominee.

Former PC MPP Janet Ecker noted “this crowd really tells you something” about the excitement surrounding Phillips’ candidacy.

“The last time we had a crowd like this here was in 1995 when Mike Harris’s bus pulled in,” said Ecker, who was minister of education, social services, and finance under premiers Harris and Ernie Eves.

Phillips, the departing chairperson of the Postmedia newspaper chain and former head of Ontario Lottery and Gaming, is seen as a potential finance minister in a Brown government.



The 52-year-old former chairperson of the CivicAction community organization, is running against veteran Liberal backbencher Joe Dickson, 77, who won more than 50 per cent of the vote in 2014.

“I’m not going to attack the premier personally,” said Phillips, noting he worked closely with Premier Kathleen Wynne when he was running Ontario’s gambling agency and joking that he’s “pretty sure I still have her cell number here on my phone.”

“I think she got into politics for the right reason and there is no question she works hard at it,” he said.

“But the thing you have to understand about this premier is that she is absolutely convinced that every decision she has made is right. Not just right but righteous.”

As a one-time chief of staff to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, Phillips gives Brown additional credibility on GTA issues.

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/11/22/brown-adds-big-name-in-ontario-pcs-push-for-gta-seats.html
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McShane making a bid for PC nomination in Niagara Falls

NOTL native and longtime Tory says it’s ‘the right time’ for him to take a shot at provincial politics

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McShane


Niagara-on-the-Lake native Chuck McShane, a 40-year veteran of the construction business, has announced he will seek the nomination for the Progressive Conservative Party to run as the Niagara Falls candidate in next June’s provincial election. - For Metroland



NIAGARA FALLS — Chuck McShane said the birth of his granddaughter 14 months ago was a tipping point for him.

“I looked in my granddaughter’s eyes and wondered what kind of future there is for her in this province.”

It was then that McShane first began thinking about tossing his hat in the political ring after more than a decade working behind the scenes with Niagara Falls Riding Association for the provincial Progressive Conservative Party. On Tuesday, the longtime Niagara-on-the-Lake resident made it official, announcing he would be seeking the PC nomination in Niagara Falls and take on incumbent New Democratic Party MPP Wayne Gates.

“I’ve hammered in lawn signs and knocked on doors for candidates and did whatever else I could to support the party,” said McShane, who is also a former riding association president. “Given where I’m at in my life, I felt it was the right time for me to seek the nomination and dedicate my efforts to securing a PC party victory for our riding in 2018.”

But to do so, McShane will have to win a nomination, where he’ll face Niagara Falls councillor and former Olympic and Commonwealth Games boxer Mike Strange.

The riding association will hold a nomination meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 479 on Spring Street in Niagara Falls.

McShane, who has had a successful career in the construction industry, said he knows firsthand of the challenges being faced by businesses and families in Niagara.

“In the big picture we all know what a disaster this Liberal government has been for our province,” he said. “On a local level we just haven’t had a strong voice at Queen’s Park for this riding, someone who can deliver jobs, funding and infrastructure improvements. Jobs are disappearing and promises aren’t being kept,” added McShane. ‘It’s time to change that.”

And that neglect has led to a loss of opportunities for youth.

“Our youth is our strength,” he said. “If we have nothing to offer our youth, we have no strength.”


In addition to a long career in the construction industry, McShane has worked with charitable organizations in Niagara including the Steve Ludzik Foundation, which has raised more than $500,000 to support the Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson’s Rehab at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation Hospital. He has also played a key role in organizing the Hockey Night in St. Catharines event featuring current and former National Hockey League players that has raised more than $1 million for local charities.

McShane has been married to his wife Tatjana for 25 years and is the proud father of three girls and two granddaughters. He is a volunteer firefighter in Niagara-on-the-Lake and has served on the Niagara Home Builders’ Association Board for 20 years, holding the position of board president for four terms.

So far, Strange and McShane are the only candidates who have stepped forward in pursuit of the nomination, although McShane said he wouldn’t be surprised if “one or two” more candidates join the race prior to the deadline Thursday.

The 2018 provincial election is June 7.


https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/7948554-mcshane-making-a-bid-for-pc-nomination-in-niagara-falls/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indian-origin Deepak Anand chosen as Ontario PC candidate for Mississauga for 2018 provincial election

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Tushaar Kuthiala Tuesday, November 21st 2017



The slate of candidates the Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC) are putting before Mississauga voters is now complete, with the party holding their last nomination in this city for the 2018 provincial election last Sunday at the Red Rose Convention Centre, and three Indian-origin candidates were in the fray.


Candidates for PC nomination in Mississauga Malton were (from left to right) Clyde Roach, Rajinder Bal, Hardeep Grewal, and Deepak Anand. Photo courtesy:Ontario PC Party

Some 12,000 people were registered to vote in a meeting that featured four candidates, Deepak Anand, Hardeep Grewal, Rajinder Bal, and Clyde Roach, with Anand eventually emerging the winner.

Indian-origin Deepak Anand, who is living in Mississauga for over 16 years, will fight for the Ontario PC nomination, media reports said.

In a recent interview with a newspaper, Anand even expressed his wish to represent Mississauga-Malton.

Speaking about Mississauga, Anand said, "It is this diversity and unity that made me take a leap. I have worked with the people of this riding for many years and their strong belief in me and my vision cemented my decision to be their nominee."

Regarding the campaigning, Anand said on his website, "Our team's campaign is going to be based on three principles, Active, Inspired, Motivated - It will be our personal AIM."

"As a candidate, I promise to continue to be active in the community and ensure to always fight for what is necessary. Secondly, I will make sure to listen to the citizens and learn from those who Inspire me, the good people of Mississauga-Malton. And finally, I am motivated, I have been involved in the community for more than 10 years and I want to continue to serve the people," he added.

Anand completed his MBA degree from the Schulich School of Business. It is after that he had decided to return something to where he spent his last 16 years.

Anand also believes that Canadian politicians are doing a lot of social services.

He even illustrated the things he would like to address if gets not nominated. "Upon becoming Member of Provincial Parliament for Ontario, I will like to implement the following series of policies and ideas in Mississauga-Malton. These policies come under something that I call my AIM, it is what I will Act upon, what I am Inspired to do, and the Motivations behind it."


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Brown speaks on nomination of Romano


The provincial election is set for next summer
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Ross Romano, candidate for the Ontario PC party, speaks during a campaign event this morning at the F.J. Davey Home. Kenneth Armstrong/SooTodayt


Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown issued a statement today on the nomination of Ross Romano as the Ontario PC candidate for Sault Ste. Marie for the provincial election set for next summer.

The statement reads:

“I congratulate Ross on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Sault Ste. Marie.

“After his historic victory in the by-election, a riding that hasn’t been held by the PCs for over thirty years, Ross has stood as a passionate and dedicated voice for the North. Serving as the Ontario PC’s critic for Northern Jobs and the Ring of Fire, he has urged the government to get moving on the once in a lifetime economic mining opportunities in the North.

“At Queen’s Park, Ross has expressed the importance of learning more about issues facing First Nation communities in the area. In October, he visited remote Indigenous communities in the area surrounding the Ring of Fire to see first-hand some of the living conditions on the reserve, and he’s been taking weekly Ojibway language classes.

“In his short time at Queen’s Park, Ross has already proven himself to be a phenomenal champion for the people of Sault Ste. Marie.

“The Wynne Liberals have treated Northern Ontario as a ‘no man’s land,’ and it is time for a change. Only the Ontario PC Party will put Northern Ontario first, and make sure hardworking families pay less and get ahead.

“In Sault Ste. Marie and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to continuing my work with Ross as we share our positive message of change for the better.”


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