Hudak hosts Tory leadership candidates in Grimsby

News Feb 17, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

There could be an actual debate among the remaining Progressive Conservative leadership contenders this week at the Niagara West–Glanbrook riding association annual general meeting in Grimsby.

Former party leader and current MPP Tim Hudak will be hosting what is being billed as a “Pizza and Politics” event starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Casablanca Inn and Winery Feb. 18.

A party leadership debate at Calvin Christian Elementary School earlier this month saw only leadership candidate Patrick Brown, MP for Barrie-Innisfil in attendance. Monte McNaughton MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex was a no-show, while Tory MPP Christine Elliot for Whitby-Oshawa begged off and had Bruce Grey-Owen Sound Tory MPP Bill Walker be her stand in.

Brown said in an interview that he feels the leadership race is between him and Elliot. Elliott has stated she has the backing of 18 out of the 28-member PC caucus at Queen’s Park, including former leadership contenders MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Vic Fedeli.

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Conservative MP David Sweet is backing Elliot for the leadership post. He has stated Elliot “has demonstrated her conservative values” and is a leader “who can finally end the reign of the Liberals who have wreckedOntario’s finances…”

Elliot will be in Hamilton Feb. 18 at the C Hotel at Carmen’s,1530 Stone Church Road East beginning at 12:30 p.m.

But Brown pointed out while both ex-leadership candidates threw their support behind Elliot when they withdrew from the race, their organizations’ members are gravitating towards him.

Cooper was one of 22 Fedeli organizers to jump onto Patrick’s leadership boat. Also moving towards Brown were regional Fedeli organizers forDurham, Eastern Ontario, Thunder Bay/Superior, RainyRiver, Nickel Belt, Timmins and the director of Fedeli’s field operations.

But Elliot received a boost to her campaign when former foreign affairs minister John Baird endorsed her candidacy.

Tory sources have identified that Brown, who is defining himself as the new, improved choice for the party, against Elliot who would keep the party intact despite four election defeats in a row, has sold over 6,000 memberships. Elliot has sold about 1,000 memberships.

The Tory membership sales deadline is Feb. 28.

“Based on membership sales, we feel we are in the lead,” said Brown. “This is going to be a close election between two competing visions of where we want to take the party. We have a very different path. We want to build a grassroots organization that gives voice to the membership.”

The leadership convention is scheduled for May 9 in Toronto and will use a preferential one-member-one-vote ballot.

 

Hudak hosts Tory leadership candidates in Grimsby

News Feb 17, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

There could be an actual debate among the remaining Progressive Conservative leadership contenders this week at the Niagara West–Glanbrook riding association annual general meeting in Grimsby.

Former party leader and current MPP Tim Hudak will be hosting what is being billed as a “Pizza and Politics” event starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Casablanca Inn and Winery Feb. 18.

A party leadership debate at Calvin Christian Elementary School earlier this month saw only leadership candidate Patrick Brown, MP for Barrie-Innisfil in attendance. Monte McNaughton MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex was a no-show, while Tory MPP Christine Elliot for Whitby-Oshawa begged off and had Bruce Grey-Owen Sound Tory MPP Bill Walker be her stand in.

Brown said in an interview that he feels the leadership race is between him and Elliot. Elliott has stated she has the backing of 18 out of the 28-member PC caucus at Queen’s Park, including former leadership contenders MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Vic Fedeli.

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Conservative MP David Sweet is backing Elliot for the leadership post. He has stated Elliot “has demonstrated her conservative values” and is a leader “who can finally end the reign of the Liberals who have wreckedOntario’s finances…”

Elliot will be in Hamilton Feb. 18 at the C Hotel at Carmen’s,1530 Stone Church Road East beginning at 12:30 p.m.

But Brown pointed out while both ex-leadership candidates threw their support behind Elliot when they withdrew from the race, their organizations’ members are gravitating towards him.

Cooper was one of 22 Fedeli organizers to jump onto Patrick’s leadership boat. Also moving towards Brown were regional Fedeli organizers forDurham, Eastern Ontario, Thunder Bay/Superior, RainyRiver, Nickel Belt, Timmins and the director of Fedeli’s field operations.

But Elliot received a boost to her campaign when former foreign affairs minister John Baird endorsed her candidacy.

Tory sources have identified that Brown, who is defining himself as the new, improved choice for the party, against Elliot who would keep the party intact despite four election defeats in a row, has sold over 6,000 memberships. Elliot has sold about 1,000 memberships.

The Tory membership sales deadline is Feb. 28.

“Based on membership sales, we feel we are in the lead,” said Brown. “This is going to be a close election between two competing visions of where we want to take the party. We have a very different path. We want to build a grassroots organization that gives voice to the membership.”

The leadership convention is scheduled for May 9 in Toronto and will use a preferential one-member-one-vote ballot.

 

Hudak hosts Tory leadership candidates in Grimsby

News Feb 17, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

There could be an actual debate among the remaining Progressive Conservative leadership contenders this week at the Niagara West–Glanbrook riding association annual general meeting in Grimsby.

Former party leader and current MPP Tim Hudak will be hosting what is being billed as a “Pizza and Politics” event starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Casablanca Inn and Winery Feb. 18.

A party leadership debate at Calvin Christian Elementary School earlier this month saw only leadership candidate Patrick Brown, MP for Barrie-Innisfil in attendance. Monte McNaughton MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex was a no-show, while Tory MPP Christine Elliot for Whitby-Oshawa begged off and had Bruce Grey-Owen Sound Tory MPP Bill Walker be her stand in.

Brown said in an interview that he feels the leadership race is between him and Elliot. Elliott has stated she has the backing of 18 out of the 28-member PC caucus at Queen’s Park, including former leadership contenders MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Vic Fedeli.

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Conservative MP David Sweet is backing Elliot for the leadership post. He has stated Elliot “has demonstrated her conservative values” and is a leader “who can finally end the reign of the Liberals who have wreckedOntario’s finances…”

Elliot will be in Hamilton Feb. 18 at the C Hotel at Carmen’s,1530 Stone Church Road East beginning at 12:30 p.m.

But Brown pointed out while both ex-leadership candidates threw their support behind Elliot when they withdrew from the race, their organizations’ members are gravitating towards him.

Cooper was one of 22 Fedeli organizers to jump onto Patrick’s leadership boat. Also moving towards Brown were regional Fedeli organizers forDurham, Eastern Ontario, Thunder Bay/Superior, RainyRiver, Nickel Belt, Timmins and the director of Fedeli’s field operations.

But Elliot received a boost to her campaign when former foreign affairs minister John Baird endorsed her candidacy.

Tory sources have identified that Brown, who is defining himself as the new, improved choice for the party, against Elliot who would keep the party intact despite four election defeats in a row, has sold over 6,000 memberships. Elliot has sold about 1,000 memberships.

The Tory membership sales deadline is Feb. 28.

“Based on membership sales, we feel we are in the lead,” said Brown. “This is going to be a close election between two competing visions of where we want to take the party. We have a very different path. We want to build a grassroots organization that gives voice to the membership.”

The leadership convention is scheduled for May 9 in Toronto and will use a preferential one-member-one-vote ballot.