Ontario Progressive Conservatives have appointed candidates to 11 provincial ridings that didn’t have nomination meetings scheduled for the June 7 election.
“Help is on the way. We are only 47 days away from defeating Kathleen Wynne’s government and giving Ontario the change it needs. 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” said Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford
The 11 newly appointed candidates are:
Jib Turner (Algoma-Manitoulin)
Doug Downey (Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte)
Ray Ferraro (Guelph)
Mike Harris Jr. (Kitchener-Conestoga)
Andrew Lawton (London West)
Colleen McCleery (Ottawa Centre)
Christina Mitas (Scarborough Centre)
Roshan Nallaratnam (Scarborough Guildwood)
Gary Ellis (Scarborough Southwest)
Meredith Cartwright (Toronto Centre)
Andrew Kirsch (Toronto-St. Paul’s)
After nomination processes that had been shaken by allegations of irregularities and ‘shady campaign tactics’, and the party having to overturn nomination meeting results on multiple occasions, this Saturday’s declaration should bring some sense of comfort among the party ranks. However, the appointment may have surprised some nomination hopefuls, especially in ridings of Scarborough area, where a number of party loyals were actively working within their communities, signing up new members and campaigning at local events, for a more democratic process of nomination.