What’s the point of holding a nomination meeting in Niagara?
A Commentary from the Ontario Liberal Party
Posted July 14th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Amid accusations from PC Party Members and former executive members that Patrick Brown’s PC Party is stuffing ballot boxes and fixing nomination meetings, Rick Dykstra, the President of the PC Party, submitted sworn testimony to a court highlighting the contempt Brown’s PC Party has for their own party members and their nomination process.
In an affidavit obtained and reported on by the CBC, Mr. Dykstra (a former federal Conservative MP for St. Catharines) admitted that Conservative nominations don’t actually matter, with PC Leader Patrick Brown hand-picking his party’s nominees and bypassing hard-working nomination candidates, like Mike Strange, Dan Sadler, and Nick Lauwers.
“The nomination meeting is not determinative of who will ultimately be listed on the ballot as a PC party candidate in the general election… There is no requirement in the Election Act, the Constitution or the rules that the party leader must endorse, or can only endorse the nomination contestant who is successful at the nomination meeting.” – Rick Dykstra, CBC News, July 10, 2017.
This sworn affidavit makes a mockery of promises made by Patrick Brown about the PC nomination process, claiming, “I want to make sure that our nominations are transparent, fair and democratic.” (Media Availability; May 11, 2017).
Shockingly, it is in that same affidavit, CBC reports, the PC Party used “demographic analysis” rather than the votes of the party membership to deny the party nomination to a candidate who happens to wear a turban.
Selling Conservative party memberships, holding a nomination and taking money from people who think that they have a vote, and then endorsing the party leader’s choice instead is not the definition of transparency, fairness or democracy. It’s just the opposite.
Patrick Brown has also repeatedly expressed his trust in Rick Dykstra and his process saying, “The party president, the party executive director, run a very fair, transparent process.” (Media Availability; May 4, 2017). However, Rick Dykstra and Bob Stanley’s recent controversies with PC nominations have been the exact opposite.
The PC party has approximately 45 more nominations that will be held prior to the 2018 election, including in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, and Flamborough—Glanbrook; but based on the PC President Rick Dykstra’s revelations, the entire PC nomination process is a scam.
For related CBC stories on this ongoing controversy, click on – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/vikram-singh-rick-dykstra-1.4191727 .
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