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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( after much drama and at times it looked like a Calgary dentist might be the candidate , the cambridge pc's finally nominated a new candidate )

Cambridge PC's‏ @CambridgePCs · 14h14 hours ago

We are pleased to announce that Belinda Karahalios is the next PC Candidate for Cambridge!

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Tories pick Karahalios in Cambridge race

Liberals accuse husband of PC candidate of breaking election financing laws

News 10:05 PM by Greg Mercer  Waterloo Region Record|

CAMBRIDGE — One of the most dramatic local nomination races in recent memory ended in a surprise upset Saturday, punctuated by a swirling ice storm and fresh controversy for the Ontario PC Party.

Political newcomer Belinda Karahalios, wife of prominent conservative activist Jim Karahalios, won by just 13 votes in the third round over runner-up Sunny Attwal. She also beat Bert Laranjo and latecomer Mona Bains, who was approved to run just a few days before the nomination vote.

Less than 600 people cast ballots in the nomination, out of about 2,700 memberships sold in the riding. But Karahalios' victory, just months after her husband was stripped of his PC membership and sued by his own party, was not without controversy.

As hundreds of PC party members packed into the Armenian Community Centre of Cambridge to cast their votes, the Ontario Liberal Party was accusing her husband of breaking election financing laws.

The Liberals pointed out Jim Karahalios was a registered 'third party' under the Elections Finances Act, and allege he broke the rules by paying for advertising for his wife's campaign. They say third parties – a designation set up to regulate how special interest groups such as unions and professional associations pay for political advertising – aren't allowed to coordinate their efforts with candidates.

Neither Belinda nor Jim Karahalios could be reached after the nomination meeting to respond to the allegations. Her come-from-behind win surprised many observers, since she only began campaigning a few weeks ago.

Jim Karahalios, a former candidate for the Cambridge nomination himself more than a year ago, is well-known in the party for his Axe the Carbon Tax campaign. He used its network of supporters, and its name, to help push his wife to victory in the nomination.

The party had hoped the nomination would end months of political drama in the riding, stretching back to September when the party cancelled local plans to pick a candidate — fuelling fears strings were being pulled for a parachute candidate from Alberta.

In March, the nomination meeting was abruptly cancelled again, with no explanation from the PC leadership. That prompted Karahalios to throw her hat into the race. She immediately started calling for an audit of the riding's swollen membership list, citing concerns that some of the names were signed up without their consent, or paid for by someone else.

Now with their candidate chosen, the riding's Tories hope they can finally focus on beating the Liberals on June 7. Standing in their way is MPP Kathryn McGarry, who won the seat in the 2014 election by more than 3,000 votes — ending almost 20 years of Tory representation.

Attwal, the runner-up, said PC party members had been surprised at the volume of slick campaign material distributed by the Karahalios camp. But he declined to say if he thought any financing rules were broken, and said he preferred to focus on beating the Liberals in June.

"At the end of the day, we're all Tories," he said. "I'm not privy to that information, so I can't really comment on it."


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Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas PC provincial nomination postponed due to ice storm

News 05:48 PM by Kevin Werner  Ancaster News|

The Ontario Tory party postponed the Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas nomination meeting April 15 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds because of severe weather. No date has been set to hold the event. - Kevin Werner/Metroland/file

The Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas provincial Progressive Conservative riding nomination meeting scheduled for April 15 was postponed in the interests of safety because of the ice storm.

Dan Muys, president of the riding association, said he received a call from party officials early Sunday, the day of the nomination to say the nomination meeting was cancelled.

Provincial police were warning motorists to stay off the roads Sunday, unless absolutely necessary. Since the storm began on Saturday, the OPP has said there had been about 1,200 collisions across southern Ontario.

Driving was treacherous along Wilson Street and Trinity Church Road where the nomination meeting was scheduled to be held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. Police had already blocked off Trinity Church Road.

Ben Levitt, who won the first Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Tory nomination last May, is contesting the nomination for a second time, against Vincent Samuel. Samuel was at the fairgrounds Sunday afternoon telling his supporters the nomination had been cancelled for that day.

“It was about safety for people who were travelling,” said Samuel, who was the riding's 2015 federal Conservative candidate.

Muys said driving conditions were suspect. Even one of Levitt’s scrutineers’ vehicles had to be towed out of the ditch along Highway 403.

Signs were up on the fairground building informing people of the change in nomination plans.

Both Samuel and Muys said no date or location has been announced to hold the nomination meeting.

This is the second nomination to be held for the Tories’ Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas riding. Levitt called on the party earlier this year to reopen the nomination after allegations of ballot-stuffing were made by Vikram Singh, who finished second and Jeff Peller who placed third.

The party rejected Singh's bid to contest the nomination again. Jobson Easow, who came in fourth last May had been taking part in the nomination, but withdrew and threw his support behind Levitt.


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Director of SHAD wants Kitchener-Conestoga seat for Ontario PC's


by Caryn Ceolin
Posted Apr 16, 2018 5:21 pm EDT

Matt Bondy (right) poses with his family. (PHOTO: MattBondyPC.ca)

An executive with SHAD is throwing his hat into the ring to replace ousted MPP Michael Harris.

Matt Bondy is seeking the nomination for the PC’s in Kitchener-Conestoga.

The 33-year-old is the Director of Strategic Initiatives with SHAD — a prestigious program for high-achieving students based in Waterloo.

Bondy says in a release that he’s entering politics because he hopes to unseat the governing Liberals in the June vote.

Kitchener-Conestoga has yet to announce a date for a nomination meeting, following the sudden departure of two-time incumbent Michael Harris.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( rather large turnout for a pc nomination meeting in an ndp riding in Hamilton area )

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Tories pick Akash Grewal as their candidate for June election

News 10:48 PM by Kevin Werner  Stoney Creek News|

Hamilton resident Akash Grewal is congratulated by family and friends after he won the Hamilton East-Stoney Creek provincial Tory nomination April 18 at the Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre. - Kevin Werner/Metroland

Stoney Creek resident Akash Grewal emerged the winner in the Hamilton East-Stoney Creek provincial Tory nomination meeting ready to take on incumbent NDP MPP Paul Miller in the June 7 election.

“We are not done,” said Grewal. “We are not tired. This is a great date, but June (7, the provincial election date) will be an even better one.”

The 24-year-old scored a “large majority” nomination win April 18 at the Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre over Sam Grimaldi, a project manager, and Lou Di Leonardo, president of Hulk Exteriors. Tory officials said the riding association membership had increased from about 450 during the party leadership contest to about 1,300. Voting results were not disclosed.

One of the first person to congratulate Grewal was Niagara West-Glanbrook Tory MPP Sam Oosterhoff, who became the youngest MPP at 19 in Ontario’s history when he scored a surprise win over a couple of veteran politicians in a November 2016 byelection to replace former party leader Tim Hudak.

“This area has a history of electing young people,” said Oosterhoff.

Grewal, who left his job as an advisor for the Royal Bank to concentrate on his political ambitions, is whole-heartedly behind party leader Doug Ford.

“One hundred and fifty percent. Absolutely,” he said. “Doug Ford is a great leader.”

Grewal did reach out to Grimaldi and Di Leonardo after his win, saying the Tories remain “one party.” Both the losing candidates quickly left the room prior to Grewal’s victory speech.

Grewal refused to answer questions about any issues. During his speech to a packed room prior to the vote, he talked about cutting hydro rates, blamed the Liberals for rising gas prices and complained that the provincial government was not doing enough about fixing the area’s roads.

The Liberals have yet to nominate a candidate for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

When asked how he will unseat the long-time Miller, who first won the riding in 2007, Grewal said: “The way we do it is just the way we are doing it now . I will work as hard as I can.”

Grewal said he jumped into the race about a month ago at the urging of his family and never looked backed.

“It was a late push. It lasted a month. We never stopped. We were relentless,” he said.

Ken Audziss, president of the Hamilton East-Stoney Creek riding association said it was the first time since the 1990s that the Tories in the riding held a contested nomination.

The Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Tory nomination meeting had been set to take place earlier this year but was scuttled after the resignation of former leader Patrick Brown. It was delayed again with the party leadership race that resulted in Doug Ford winning the contest.

“This is awesome,” said Grewal. “There was a great turnout. Let’s get it done.”


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the pc's have appointed 11 candidates in ridings that didn't have one , does not include - Davenport , Hamilton West Ancaster Dundas , Markham Unionville , Brampton Centre , Brampton North, Mississauga Centre or Timmins )

Jib Turner appointed as Ontario PC Party candidate for Algoma-Manitoulin

Ontario PC Party leader Doug Ford appoints Turner and 10 others to ridings without nomination meetings scheduled
about an hour ago by: SooToday Staff

Doug Ford spoke to supporters during a rally at the Water Tower Inn in March morning. James Hopkin/SooToday

TORONTO - Ontario PC Leader, Doug Ford, appointed candidates for the 11 remaining ridings for which a nomination meeting had not been scheduled.

“Help is on the way. We are only 47 days away from defeating Kathleen Wynne’s government and giving Ontario the change it needs” said Doug Ford.

“We have a strong team of candidates who are committed to delivering change that works for the people. It’s time for a government that respects the taxpayer, a government that keeps its promises and puts money back into your pockets,” Ford added.

The following individuals have been appointed as Ontario PC candidates for the upcoming 2018 Ontario Election:

Jib Turner (Algoma-Manitoulin)
Born and raised in Little Current, Jib Turner is a fifth-generation owner of Turners of Little Current Ltd. Jib and his wife, Debbie, were the recipients of the 2017 President’s Award for Economic Development from the Elliot Lake and District Chamber of Commerce.

Doug Downey (Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte)
Doug Downey was born and raised in Simcoe County. He is a lawyer and former host of his show, Politically Speaking, on Rogers TV which updated the community on important issues. Doug has served as a Progressive Conservative organizer in Simcoe County for a number of years.

Ray Ferraro (Guelph)
Ray Ferraro is a former Guelph City Councillor and a lifelong community resident who is passionate about serving the people. Ray worked with the Ontario College of Podiatrists and Chiropodists for 10 years, and as a local real estate development consultant.

Mike Harris Jr. (Kitchener-Conestoga)
Mike Harris Jr. has strong roots in the Ontario PC Party and lives in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region with his five children and wife Kim. As a small business owner, Mike knows about the challenges that small businesses have faced under this Liberal Government.

Andrew Lawton (London West)
A former radio personality with 980 CFPL, Andrew is a long-time conservative activist and London-area resident. Andrew is a vocal advocate for mental health and has publicly spoken about his struggles with depression.

Colleen McCleery (Ottawa Centre)
Colleen McCleery is a management consultant who holds a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University. Colleen also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. A long-time resident of Ottawa, Colleen has a strong understanding of both the private and public sector.

Christina Mitas (Scarborough Centre)
Christina Mitas is a Masters of Arts candidate in Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, and serves as the President of the OISE Alumni Association. Christina is passionate about increasing female participation in politics and serves as an Ontario PC Women in Politics Director.

Roshan Nallaratnam (Scarborough Guildwood)
Born in Sri Lanka, Roshan has served as a police officer with the Toronto Police Service for the past nine years. Roshan holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and is a loving husband, and father to three children.

Gary Ellis (Scarborough Southwest)
Gary Ellis is a former high-ranking police officer in the City of Toronto, who served as the superintendent of Scarborough’s 42 Division. Gary currently serves as the head of the Justice Studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Meredith Cartwright (Toronto Centre)
Meredith Cartwright is a Toronto Human Rights Lawyer, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and Harvard University.

Andrew Kirsch (Toronto-St. Paul’s)
A father of two, Andrew Kirsch has led a career as a dedicated public servant in both the Federal and Provincial Governments. A graduate of Brown University, Andrew has also served as a reservist in the Canadian Forces.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it would of been nice to have had nomination meetings in all these ridings but the reality is there is limited time to prepare for the actual election and overall the 11 candidates are some good choices . the barrie riding was an especially tough call as no one had expected it to be open until Brown's demise so there wasn't an obvious replacement , Garfield Dunlop has never represented the city of barrie and he would of been an odd fit there and might of had trouble in some of the more urban polls )

Doug Ford appoints Doug Downey to run in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte

Downey one of 11 candidates appointed

News 01:22 PM by Frank Matys  Barrie Advance|

Ontario PC Party leader Doug Ford has appointed a candidate to run in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte for the upcoming provincial election.

In a statement released April 21, the party announced that Ford had appointed candidates for “the 11 remaining ridings for which a nomination meeting had not been scheduled.”

Doug Downey, a lawyer, former host of the local television show ‘Politically Speaking’ and Progressive Conservative organizer will represent the Tories in the race for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.

That news comes the day after prominent Progressive Conservatives alleged they were being left in the dark over who the party’s local candidate would be.

PC constituency association president Bruce MacGregor at the time said that, “anybody associated” with former leader Patrick Brown appeared to have been “shunned.

“We have three candidates, very well qualified who are willing to run,” he added.

Among those who intended to run in the newly created riding was former Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop.

Dunlop filed nomination papers three weeks prior but in recent days decided not to put his name forward after receiving no response from the party.

“It’s like the bloody gong show here,” Dunlop told Simcoe.com moments after Ford’s campaign team announced the appointments.

“Doug Ford called me this morning and told me he hoped that I would get behind Doug (Downey), and that I was considered a top player and all that kind of thing,” he added.

Dunlop said he intended to support Downey in his run while stressing that the majority of his efforts would go to support his daughter, Jill Dunlop, who secured the PC nomination in Simcoe North after narrowly beating Downey.

“I know he wanted to get Simcoe North but Jill outworked him, so now he’s got a lot of work to do in the next 40 days,” he added.

Dunlop predicted the riding would be “a tough sell” for Downey as it straddles three communities.

“I’ll do what I can to help him,” he said, adding a nomination process would have been preferable to an appointment.

Dunlop said he was told by a representative of Ford's team that he was tainted as a potential candidate due to his association with Brown.

“They basically told me this morning, ‘You were with the wrong leader’,” he added.


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Tanya Granic Allen wins Ontario PC nomination in Mississauga Centre

News 10:30 AM by Pam Douglas  Mississauga News|

Tanya Granic Allen

Tanya Granic Allen poses for pictures after the PC leadership candidates debate at TVO studios in Toronto earlier this year. Granic Allen lost to Doug Ford. - Vince Talotta/Toronto Star file photo

Former provincial Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen has won the party’s nomination in the riding of Mississauga Centre.

The nomination meeting was held Saturday, April 21 at the Payal Banquet Hall.

Granic Allen defeated three contenders – Natalia Kusendova, Qadeer Shah and Rosemer Enverga.

Granic Allen lives in Welbeck in Grey County.

There was a rumour of a protest planned one hour before the nomination meeting was to start, but no protestors attended.

Granic Allen has come under fire recently for social media posts dating back to 2013 and 2014. The comments, first revealed in the Toronto Star, compared women in burkas to “bank robbers” and “ninjas” and questioned gay marriage, legal in Canada.

“She insulted our community,” read a flyer promoting the protest being distributed by Salman Khan, one of the organizers. “We have to show her that we do not tolerate discrimination and hate speech.”

But Khan could not be reached Saturday to explain why the protest did not happen.

Granic Allen passed the party’s vetting process for candidates during the leadership race to replace ousted leader Patrick Brown. She finished fourth in the race.

She recently told the Canadian Press her comments do not reflect an anti-Muslim or anti-gay attitude.

“My concern ... has always been about the freedom of religion, the freedom of conscience and freedom of expression and protecting those very important rights,” she said, declining to comment on whether she supports gay marriage.

“It has nothing to do with this election.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has said publicly that Granic Allen’s comments have “no place in our society,” while NDP leader Andrea Horwath described the comments in the Toronto Star as “disappointing” and added it’s troubling “to see somebody seeking public office who has those kinds of attitudes that can be described as racist and homophobic.”

PC leader Doug Ford said Granic Allen’s comments don’t reflect what his “inclusive” party stands for, but haven't stopped her from seeking the nomination in Mississauga Centre.

“Our base is growing, and we want all Ontarians to feel like they have a place in our party,” he said in a statement.

The Ontario election will be held June 7.


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Andrew Lawton declared PC candidate for London West

Andrew Lawton
Andrew Lawton named London West PC candidate

London, CTV London
Published Saturday, April 21, 2018 3:59PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00PM EDT

The nomination meeting is off, and Andrew Lawton has been declared the Progressive Conservative candidate for the riding of London West.

Lawton announced he was running for the nomination on April 11th.

The announcement came shortly after restructuring had cost Lawton his job as a radio talk show host in London.

Andrew Lawton
Andrew Lawton named London West PC candidate

He was set to face-off against Thames Valley District School Board Trustee Jake Skinner and Liz Snelgrove, Executive Director of the Advanced Medical Group.

In a news release issued early Saturday afternoon, the P.C. Party announced the remaining 11 provincial ridings that didn’t have Tory candidates would have those positions filled by appointment.

London West is currently held by N.D.P. M.P.P. Peggy Sattler.

Businessman Jonathan Hughes is the lone candidate seeking the nomination for the Liberals in the riding.


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( ford is saying he hated having to appoint people but was left with no choice as the pc's would of been doing nomination meetings until the call of election otherwise and not been ready for election in these ridings )

Ford blames predecessor's 'mess' for Tory appointments

News 11:43 AM

TORONTO — Doug Ford is blaming the "mess" he inherited from his predecessor for his controversial decision to appoint about a dozen Tory candidates in ridings across Ontario.

The Progressive Conservative leader says the appointments — announced over the weekend — were necessary because of the short time left before the province's spring election campaign begins in early May.

Ford, who criticized former Tory leader Patrick Brown for making appointments in the past, said he loathes the practice.

"I want to emphasize, I hate, hate, appointing people," Ford said Monday. "Unfortunately, the mess that we handed to us from the previous leadership, was quite the disaster to be frank with you there."

Ford said there were 28 ridings without Tory candidates when he took over as leader in March, and his team was able to fill 17 through traditional nomination races. Appointments were made for the remaining 11 ridings on Saturday.

"If we'd continued on with the other 11, it would probably take us right into almost election day," Ford said. "It takes massive resources to put these nominations on."

Several Tory nomination candidates have publicly complained about the appointments, calling them unfair.

Jake Skinner, a school board trustee in London, Ont., who was seeking the Tory nomination in a riding in that city, said the appointment of another candidate left him "in a state of shock." He said he was informed of the appointment after two years of campaigning for the position.

"As Progressive Conservatives we know that nominations should be earned, not bestowed," he said in a statement.

During the Tory leadership race, made necessary by Brown's abrupt resignation over sexual misconduct allegations in January, Ford repeatedly vowed to clean up a number of the party's controversial nomination races.

"When I'm leader I'm going to make sure they're transparent, people are held accountable and there's going to be integrity here," he said at the Tory leadership debate in late February.

The party reopened several races shortly after Ford was elected leader.

Ontario's election is set for June 7.

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press


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Ben Levitt named Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas PC candidate ... again

Levitt won the nomination last May, but had to run again after allegations of tampering against PC officials

Samantha Craggs · CBC News · Posted: Apr 24, 2018 4:47 PM ET | Last Updated: 8 hours ago

Ben Levitt, centre, reacts as Ontario PC party president Jag Badwal, left, announces his win. Vincent Samuel, right, also vied for the nomination. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

The last time Ben Levitt won the Ontario PC nomination for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, it didn't look like this.

I definitely believe I have the mandate to be the candidate now.

- Ben Levitt

All evening Tuesday, people got into orderly lines, speaking in quiet voices as they stepped to the tables and voted — 736 for Levitt, 195 for Vincent Samuel. That meant Levitt was once again named the new riding's PC candidate for the June 7 election.

Last May, cars lined up down the road. People clutched their ID, trying for three hours to vote. It was so disorganized that it prompted a police investigation. Last month, the party decided to hold a meeting all over again.

Tuesday was "much better run. A better location," Levitt said after his victory at the Ancaster fairgrounds. "I'm very blessed that the people of the riding have spoken once again, and I'm the candidate again, and I'm looking forward to getting going."

Levitt's repeat victory is a decisive chapter in the riding's tumultuous nomination process.

Ben Levitt, with other Hamilton Ontario PC candidates standing by in support, says the last nomination meeting was 'a flawed process.' (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Levitt, 26, a staffer in the office of Flamborough-Glanbrook MP David Sweet, was named the victor last May 4, but two challengers — Vikram Singh and Jeff Peller — alleged that party officials tampered with the vote.

The dispute involved months of legal challenges, secret recordings and the ongoing criminal investigation. In March, with Doug Ford established as the new leader, the party "set aside" the nomination.

Rich Gelder of Dundas, who voted both times, says this year and last year were so different they were "night and day."

Last May, the vote was at Ancaster High School. Gelder says traffic on Jerseyville Road was backed up so badly that he got out of the car and walked to the high school.

"Inside Ancaster High School itself, the lineup snaked around," he said. "It took me 45 minutes to get to the front of the line to vote."

On Tuesday, it took attendees about 10 minutes.

Vincent Samuel was the head of the local campaign to elect leader Doug Ford. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

​Singh, who claimed in court to be last year's rightful winner, was a quiet presence Tuesday. He wove through the crowd and talked to people he'd met on the 2017 campaign trail. Singh wanted to run again but the party's nomination committee rejected that.

The Dundas lawyer spent his own money fighting in court for a judicial review. He eventually dropped the pricey court case, issuing a statement saying the party could choose whomever it wanted as a nominee. The recording between himself and party brass never became public.

•Brown thought Singh inspired mistrust and didn't fit the HWAD demographic: court doc

"Irrespective of what the result is for me personally, [I'm here] to maintain a loyalty to Hamilton and to continue participating and volunteering," he said Tuesday.

"I'm hoping that the voters choose with their conscience, and I hope the right candidate wins."

Levitt, who will run against incumbent Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin and NDP candidate Sandy Shaw, says this win should clear the air.

"I definitely believe I have the mandate to be the candidate now, and I'm looking forward to June 7 when the real battle begins."


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PC candidate for Timmins wants to see city meet its potential

By Emma Meldrum

Monday, April 30, 2018 4:10:22 EDT PM

Cochrane-born Yvan Génier is running in the riding of Timmins as a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. The financial advisor wants to see this city meet its potential, and thereby help make the North great again.

TIMMINS - Yvan Génier has secured a nomination as the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party candidate for Timmins.

The Cochrane-born francophone has been living in Timmins since 2010, and told The Daily Press he wants to tap into this city’s potential.

“We can make the North great again, said Génier. “My role is to start with Timmins. When Timmins is good, is prospering, naturally it will overflow to the North.”

Génier has worn a variety of hats, starting his career as a funeral director before working as a teacher and finally as a financial advisor. He’s also been a volunteer firefighter with Mountjoy Station and a Canadian Armed Forces military reservist with the Algonquin Regiment.

Génier said he was raised in a good family with moral values.

“Do good for others – that’s how I was raised,” he said, noting he’s been teaching the same values to his four children.

In January, Génier’s father died of a stroke. Génier said his father was doing well at Timmins and District Hospital, where the services “were second to none.” Then, he was transferred to the Lady Minto Hospital in Cochrane.

“We lost our father in 12 days there. It’s not to say that they didn’t try – it’s just that they didn’t have the resources. I could have sat on the sidelines and complained, but that’s not my style. I would rather step up to the plate and try to do something.”

Génier is campaigning on issues like health, education and the budget.

He’s concerned about the province’s debt levels, noting that as a financial advisor, he tells his clients to get rid of debt. Génier said political parties are throwing money out the door in interest.

“It doesn’t make sense.”

He also has concerns about how teachers are being treated.

“We need to help teachers. These people are teaching are children,” said Génier. “I’ve been in the system. I know what the teachers go through. It’s such a difficult job … when you’re always under the gun … when fingers are pointing at you from all directions.”

Génier said Doug Ford, the PC party leader, will be able to live up to his slogan – For the People.

“Doug Ford, to me, seems legitimate, seems honest.

“I want to be honest, I want to have integrity, and I think Doug Ford has that as well. People are going to try to bring him down by comparing him to American politics. We’re not American. I trust in him.”

Génier said winning an election in a riding that’s voted New Democrat since 1999 will be an “uphill battle.”

He said the incumbent, MPP Gilles Bisson, has his utmost respect. But as a member of the opposition, he hasn’t been on the right side of the house to get things done, said Génier.

The candidate said he’ll be learning as he goes.

“I’m not afraid to say I’m new, but I’m learning as quick as I can, and sometimes it’s an advantage when you’re new.”

Génier will meet Doug Ford for the first time Tuesday, when the party leader hosts a meet and greet at Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa at noon. Génier encouraged members of the public to come out for a first-come, first-served free lunch.

According to Elections Ontario, no other candidates are confirmed for the riding of Timmins, though Bisson has said he will be running again in this district. For the riding of Mushkegowuk-James Bay, the NDP has nominated Guy Bourgouin, while the PC Party has nominated André Robichaud.

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