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A town councillor running for the Conservative nomination in an Ontario riding that was already the source of controversy earlier this month says she was unfairly blocked from carrying the party banner because the top Tory brass wanted another candidate instead.

Rachel Gilliland, who sits as a member of Aurora, Ont.'s town council, told CBC News Wednesday she was denied the chance to run for the nomination in the Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill riding and was "given no reason for the denial."

"I did ask for clarity and I didn't get any. It seemed to me like there's a candidate that has a little bit more favouritism from the party, let's just say that," she said in an interview. "There were quite a few things that didn't seem kosher."

"I've worked my butt off for almost a year and I made a lot of personal sacrifices. If the party was adamant about having a specific person win then by all means ... but pick up the phone and tell me. They could've thrown me a bone," she said.

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[–] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Here's hoping the Cons don't win the next election, because if they do these 'irregularities' won't see the light of day.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)

I don't get the connection between the Tories winning the election and the irregularities seeing the light of day. The party controls the nomination process, so it's an internal thing.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

Because irregularities have been noted, and unless they are examined it can lead to a disintegration of trust in the process.

Besides we've already seen bad things happen in right wing party nominations, ie: Alberta and Jason Kenney/UCP mess the RCMP is still investigating.