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Tory VP quits in protest of questionable nomination

Robert Benzie - June 05, 2017

A Progressive Conservative vice-president has resigned in protest from the party executive after officials glossed over a questionable nomination amid allegations of ballot-stuffing, the Star has learned.

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No new vote after fraud alleged in Ottawa West-Nepean PC race

Alex Abdelwahab - June 04, 2017

There will be no new vote for a Progressive Conservative candidate in Ottawa West-Nepean, despite several allegations of voter fraud during the original nomination meeting.

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Reevely: No re-vote for Tories in Ottawa West-Nepean, local party leader says amid fraud claims

David Reevely - June 03, 2017

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives will sidestep controversies over the candidates they’ve nominated for the next provincial election by having leader Patrick Brown use his authority to appoint them, says the president of the party’s Ottawa West-Nepean riding association.

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Former Tory senator calls out Patrick Brown on nomination process

Marjory Lebreton - May 30, 2017

This is a difficult column to write. As a loyal and dedicated Conservative, both at the federal and provincial level for over five decades and actively involved in dozens and dozens of campaigns, I am sad to say that over all the years, I have never seen anything so blatantly undemocratic as what occurred in Ottawa West Nepean on May 6, 2017.

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Ottawa PC riding president raises alarm over ‘suspicious memberships’

Justin Giovanetti - May 29, 2017

The head of a Progressive Conservative riding association in suburban Ottawa has repeated her call for party leaders to order a second nomination vote after what she described as new evidence surfacing of “voter fraud” at the first vote in early May.

Emma McLennan, the president of the Ottawa West-Nepean riding, said in an e-mail sent to the party’s president and executive director on Monday that there are hundreds of cases of suspicious party memberships in her riding.

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Tories hire private auditors to watch their own nominations

Robert Benzie - May 12, 2017

Progressive Conservative candidate nominations have become so messy that riding association presidents are appealing the outcome of at least two contests, the Star has learned.

In an unusual move, PC activists in the ridings of Newmarket-Aurora and Ottawa West Nepean have complained in writing to their own party about irregularities at their recent nomination meetings.

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Patrick Brown light on policy on the road to being premier: Cohn

Martin Regg Cohn - May 08, 2017

Patrick Brown is on a winning streak. Two years ago he won the Progressive Conservative leadership. Next year he’s set to win the provincial election. What’s the secret to Brown’s success? Sorry, that’s a secret. No one really knows, because almost no one knows him. It’s hard to know why he stands out, or what he stands for.

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Former Tory MP Dechert questions ‘integrity’ of candidate nominations in Mississauga riding

Roger Belgrave - January 18, 2017

Former MP Bob Dechert has dropped his bid to become the provincial Progressive Conservative Party’s election candidate in Mississauga-Erin Mills - citing serious concerns about the nomination process.

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