Ontario PCs overturn two controversial nominations in Scarborough and Ottawa
The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario overturned controversial nominations for two candidates in Scarborough Centre and Ottawa West-Nepean on Friday amidst reports of alleged
In the wake of problems surrounding former PC leader Patrick Brown, officials with the Tories decided to throw out the results of contentious candidate elections after some long-time PC members urged the party to reopen nominations across Ontario.
Nominations for as many as six candidates, including Scarborough Centre candidate Thenusha Parani and Ottawa West-Nepean candidate Karma Macgregor, were in consideration to be overturned.
Parani was officially named as the candidate for Scarborough Centre after winning a June 26 nomination meeting, despite complaints that people who signed Parani's nomination papers were
not eligible under the party’s rules.
In July of 2017 Progressive Conservative members asked for Parani's nomination to be stripped because of alleged irregularities. Toronto police officers even questioned Parani’s history
of extensive volunteer work she claims she did with the force.
Meanwhile, allegations of shady campaign tactics were made in the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean where Macgregor defeated Jeremy Roberts by a mere 15 votes at the nomination meeting
in May of 2017.
Prior to the decision, both Parani and Macgregor issued a joint statement fighting back against the push to overturn their nominations.
The rookie candidates said they have not been asked or given an opportunity to provide their point of view on the situation and find that more women are being targeted unfairly.
“We call on the leadership candidates Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliot and Doug Ford, and interim leader Vic Fedeli, to put an end to this, so we can move forward collectively.”