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Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:40 pm Post subject: Iggy loses Deborah Gillis liberal candidate for Halton
( Deborah Gillis has quit as liberal candidate for halton , but i strongly disagree that she was high profile as she had never run for anything before or had i heard of her . )
Daniel Nolan Wed Jan 19 201110 0 Recommend
Ignatieff loses high-profile candidate for Halton
WITHDRAWS Deborah Gillis withdrew as federal Liberal candidate for Halton, leaving the party without a nominee.
Torstar News Service
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has lost a high-profile candidate for Halton as he prepares for a possible spring election.
Toronto businesswoman Deborah Gillis has resigned as the candidate after accepting a promotion at the nonprofit organization Catalyst Canada, which promotes the advancement of women in business.
Her resignation, revealed by riding president Steve Savage in a Tuesday update to party members, came a day after Ignatieff announced landing former Ontario cabinet minister and MPP Marie Bountrogianni to run on Hamilton Mountain.
Gillis was appointed the Halton candidate by Ignatieff in August, 2009, as talk of a fall election was heating up. Halton is held by Conservative Lisa Raitt, who was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in September, 2008.
Raitt defeated Garth Turner in the 2008 election. He was elected a Tory, but became a Liberal after being tossed from caucus by Harper for criticizing David Emerson for crossing the floor to the Tories from the Liberals.
Gillis’ appointment caused some consternation among Halton Liberals who wanted a nomination meeting. Savage indicates the riding association will now be creating a candidate search committee and “will be conducting an open, contested nomination meeting to choose our new candidate.”
Gillis was vice-president of Catalyst and regularly spoke to business audiences across North America. She was appointed because of what Senator David Smith described as her strong skills and because the party wanted at least one-third of its candidates to be female.
Meanwhile, Ignatieff says he has no plans to lure any more ministers from the Ontario cabinet.
In Toronto, he said he wants to maintain good relations with his successful provincial cousins and wouldn’t poach anyone because it isn’t respectful.
Former labour minister Peter Fonseca was dropped from cabinet last month after he told reporters — but not Premier Dalton McGuinty — that he was considering a run for federal office.
The optics were terrible for McGuinty as Fonseca made the comments during the release of a report into the workplace deaths of four Toronto construction workers. A week later, Ignatieff appointed Fonseca as the federal candidate in the Mississauga East-Cooksville riding that he still represents provincially.
Ignatieff says it was Fonseca who first approached his party about running federally.
Ignatieff is in the midst of a 11-day tour of the 20 “most winnable” ridings the party believes it can win in the next election.
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Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:18 pm Post subject:
I would imagine every candidate in every potential "swing" riding does a pretty good job of keeping a pulse on the constitutes and their chances in the riding.
Garth Turner lost Halton by 11.3% to Lisa Raitt.
This wasn't nearly as close of a battle that the Liberals imagined it would be.
Halton is the sort of "border" battle riding the Liberals need to start winning if they want to form a government, their red safety net around the 416 ridings grew smaller in 2008, and Halton and Mississauga Erindale are pretty well as close as you get.
The fact that a candidate is walking away leads me to believe that the popularity of the Liberals has not increase enough to justify the time and energy to contested it.
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Iggy loses Deborah Gillis liberal candidate for Halton