Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown's war on us - the PC party grassroots - has reached our riding of Cambridge.
Cambridge's PC nomination date has been suddenly rushed up a full month by party headquarters and is now set for Wednesday, October 4, 2017. And the deadline to register to vote is only hours away - 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017!
CLICK HERE join the PC party today! The deadline is 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 in order to be eligible to vote at the nomination meeting on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
(Note: If you are not sure if you are a current member of the Ontario PC party I suggest you sign up anyway just to make sure you can vote. You can also call the Ontario PC party at 416.861.0020 to confirm. If you joined the Ontario PC party for its 2015 leadership race or the federal Conservative Party of Canada for its 2017 leadership race this does not necessarily mean that you are a current Ontario PC party member!)
My first concern is that Cambridge conservatives be notified to join the PC party so that they can vote in our local PC nomination! Please forward this email along!
Second, it is imperative that we have a broad selection of local, Cambridge based candidates, to vote for in this local PC nomination race. Rumour has it that there are at least two potential candidates for the Cambridge nomination who do not live in the city, or the region and in one case may have just moved to Ontario in recent weeks!
I need your help to find potential candidates from Cambridge and to find residents willing to join the PC party and endorse a local candidate's nomination application.
While I had previously announced in February 2017 that I would no longer pursue running for the PC party's nomination in Cambridge because of Patrick Brown's continued public hostility to rank and file PC party supporters - you can read my decision here - I still believe that Cambridge is best served by having a PC candidate that lives in the riding, or at the very least in the city!
The party's notice only gives potential candidates until 5pm on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 to acquire the required signatures and submit their nomination application. If you or anyone you know, is thinking of running in the nomination, please contact me and I will do my best to help you find the required signatures to complete your application.
How Did We Get Here?
As early as March 2016, Brown was going out of his way - unprovoked - to attack the party's grassroots by stating that conservatives who believe a carbon tax is a "tax on everything" need to "evolve and mature". Click here to see the video.
More recently, Brown has extended his war on the grassroots into the riding nomination process even crossing retired senator Marjory LeBreton. In an interview that you can read by clicking here, LeBreton had the following to say:
"I've been involved in politics going back to Diefenbaker, provincially and federally, and I had never seen anything like it ... It was just blatant, it was fraudulent, you could see it before your very eyes ... It makes me feel like how a lot of good, solid, loyal conservatives feel — that we've got Patrick Brown and a group around him ... that they really don't care what I or a lot of loyal conservatives have to say."
In Cambridge, the local PC Riding Association, led by its Nomination Committee, has worked tirelessly for over a year to set up an "open, fair, and democratic" nomination process. The Cambridge PC Riding Association filed a report to PC party headquarters establishing the Cambridge nomination process. The Cambridge PC Riding Association had even booked a location for a nomination vote to be held on November 4, 2017 and informed potential candidates of the date. Plans were in also in place to inform lapsed party members in Cambridge to renew their memberships.
This unexpected announcement is an egregious abuse of the nomination process and the party's way of trying to sneak past Cambridge conservatives the deadline for voting in the nomination meeting. Party headquarters has gone over the heads of the executive of the local Cambridge PC Riding Association, without consultation. I provide the notice below.
Ron Dancey, a member of the Cambridge PC Riding Association Nomination Committee told me "I have never seen anything so hostile and egregious from a party against its own members in my 60 years in conservative politics in Ontario."
Patrick Brown's war against us - the PC party grassroots - is fully underway.
I need your help to ensure that in Cambridge we stand united and support local candidates who are best positioned to represent our riding.
Progressive Conservative Constituency Association of Cambridge
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Party will nominate a candidate for the 2018 General Election in Cambridge on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. Party members who wish to apply to become a candidate must do so by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. For more information, please contact Bob Stanley, Executive Director, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a member in good standing of the Cambridge PC Constituency Association you are eligible to vote. Party members who wish to vote must hold a current membership as of September 19th, 2017. New memberships, or renewals of lapsed memberships, must be purchased or renewed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017.
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Agenda: Room opens: 5:30 p.m.
Meeting opens: 6:00 p.m.
Speeches: 6:00 p.m.
Registration and Voting: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Paragon Banquet Hall, 15 International Drive, Cambridge, ON, N1R 7M5
You must be inside the designated voting area by 9:00 p.m. to register and vote - there will be no exceptions.
Photo identification and proof of address are absolutely required and will be requested at registration.
Thank you for your support of the PC Party and we look forward to seeing you there!