Awaiting the green light on an Elgin-Middlesex-London Liberal nominee


city_scope_logo-cmykWith just 99 days until the federal election, you might very well be wondering who the Liberal party has tasked with attempting to unseat incumbent Karen Vecchio in Elgin-Middlesex-London (EML) riding.
Well, the short answer is no one.
The nomination meeting was originally scheduled for January and here we are midway through July with no designated candidate although we know Lori Baldwin-Sands has filed papers.
Will she be acclaimed at some point in the very near future?
A phone call to David Goodwin of the federal Liberal riding association should result in some answers.
“They haven’t called the nomination yet,” advised Goodwin.

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PC candidate Jeff Yurek responds to Health Minister Deb Matthews


At the nomination meeting where Ald. Lori Baldwin-Sands was acclaimed provincial Liberal candidate for Elgin-Middlesex-London, MPP Deb Matthews made a rather outlandish claim.

She suggested PC leader Tim Hudak has a true allegiance to ‘Big Pharma’ in Ontario and that’s why he’s running pharmacists as candidates across the province, a reference to popular St. Thomas pharmacist Jeff Yurek, who recently won the provincial PC nomination for EML. Read full story here.

Via a letter to the editor, Yurek responds to Matthews . . .

In response to the allegations made by the Minister of Health, Deb Matthews, it is necessary to clarify her misstatements.
While I am flattered Ms. Matthews would think that I was hand selected by the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Tim Hudak, her statement is false.

Through a democratic process, I was elected from a field of five candidates by the members of the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding association for the provincial Progressive Conservative Party. Mr. Hudak played no role in the nomination process.

I was elected by the party membership because of their confidence in my experience and abilities. I am a husband, a father, a business owner and a healthcare professional who understands and can bring an educated and experienced point of view to Queen’s Park.

It is important to focus on the real issues in healthcare.

Dalton McGuinty has wasted over one billion dollars on the E-Health scandal and one of the top bureaucrats during the scandal was paid $763,000 in 2010, even though he quit in 2009. The bureaucracy of the Local Health Integration Networks consumes resources that would be better used for frontline healthcare.

A Tim Hudak Progressive Conservative government will put an end to E-Health waste, scrap the LHINs and reinvest the money into frontline healthcare.

Jeff Yurek
Progressive Conservative Candidate
Elgin-Middlesex-London

Peter Ostojic’s hopes of gaining Conservative nomination dashed in Toronto


City Scope has learned former St. Thomas mayor Peter Ostojic’s bid to gain the provincial Conservative nomination in Elgin-Middlesex-London was quashed at party headquarters.

Ostojic declared his intention to run in early February, however his bid was not approved in Toronto and he was informed Monday, less than a week prior to Saturday’s nomination meeting at Parkside Collegiate Institute.

Alan Sakach, director of communications for the Ontario PC Party, told City Scope on Tuesday five individuals are in the running: Lynn Acre, Tom Marks, Peter North, Delia Reiche and Jeff Yurek.

When asked to confirm Ostojic is not on the final nomination list, Sakach responded, “That is correct, he is not.”

Asked to explain the discrepancy in reports published in the Times-Journal about Ostojic’s nomination bid, Sakach stressed, “It’s an internal organizational matter by the party. We’ve got rules and a process and if there’s a dispute there is a process that is available to resolve that. In general, I won’t comment on people that may not be running, only when they are confirmed as running.”

When asked to confirm Ostojic had indeed filed his nomination bid, Sakach would only say, “There are lots of people interested in running for the party, but like I said I’m not going to comment on people until they are confirmed.”

PC Riding Association president Stan Stanek confirmed the decision was relayed to Ostojic on Monday.

“I haven’t been officially notified by the party, but apparently they’ve notified Mr. Ostojic and it was left up to him to let us know. And, in fact, he has let me know. It is a fact. It was disclosed Monday afternoon.”

Asked if this will alter the process for Saturday’s nomination meeting, Stanek said, “It doesn’t change the process, we’ll just be missing one candidate, which everyone was counting on. I was surprised myself, but that’s their decision.”

City Scope hopes to have comments from Ostojic on Wednesday and the full story will appear in the Times-Journal.

Suzanne van Bommel will not seek Liberal nod in Elgin-Middlesex-London


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BELMONT – The next federal election ballot will not feature the name Suzanne van Bommel on it.
The past federal Liberal candidate, van Bommel has made it known that she will not be seeking the nomination for the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London for an election that could be held as soon as this fall. The long-time Liberal insider in both provincial and federal politics has accepted an extended contract with her current employer, GreenField Ethanol, that will keep her from committing as much time and energy as required to seek public office.
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