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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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