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1st Tory Candidate Bounced Over Past Revelations

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The hastily chosen Tory candidate has been bounced from seeking the Tory nomination in Delta-Richmond East over revelations over his past, mere days after being chosen.

Two other candidates in BC have longtime party member's resigning, claiming the candidate selection process was a sham. How far the Harpercrites have fallen from their Reform ideals.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tories ... story.html

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Preston Manning must be spinning in his grave (oops, wait a minute) at how these candidates were obviously the choice of the backroom boys, and not that of the people. The Tories have fallen so far from whatever principles they once had, they might as well have Mulroney at the helm again.

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The replacement candidate is no better....the party that wants to bankrupt Canada doesn't care about personal bankruptcies either

The Conservative Party appointed Vancouver lawyer Kerry-Lynne Findlay as their new candidate in Delta-Richmond East Friday, a day after dismissing Dale Saip over revelations that he’d gone bankrupt as well as later seeking creditor protection for unpaid income taxes.

Findlay herself declared bankruptcy in 2001 in part over her extended court fight with the federal government and the Musqueam Indian Band over lease payments non-native residents of Musqueam Park were being charged. That case wound its way all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.Menno Froese, one of two B.C. representatives on the Conservatives’ National Council, said the selection committee spent a day questioning Findlay and examining her bankruptcy documents before deciding to appoint her as the new candidate.

He said Findlay had already started to build her election team and that he believes “she will make a great MP.”

“We’ve looked at the details and spent most of yesterday investigating that,” he said.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Delta+ ... z1HqZk4TNq

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Preston Manning must be spinning in his grave (oops, wait a minute) at how these candidates were obviously the choice of the backroom boys, and not that of the people. The Tories have fallen so far from whatever principles they once had, they might as well have Mulroney at the helm again.

Please, don't sully the term Tory. The Tory Party died when Peter McKay made his merger deal with Harper. And Harper in turn killed the Reform Party when he led the movement (with Stockwell Day) to create the Canadian Alliance Party in hopes of forging...a COALITION of conservative parties! So even Preston's legacy was left in the dust, just as was Joe Clark's (the last of the Tories).

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the sleaze that keeps on giving

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is distancing himself from another tainted political organizer who found a home in a local candidate’s campaign.

Giulio Maturi, who was a top official in the campaign of disgraced former Montreal mayoral candidate Benoit Labonté in 2009, was listed as late as Wednesday afternoon as the campaign manager for a Montreal Conservative candidate.

But during a lunchtime news conference, Mr. Harper said Mr. Maturi is no longer part of the campaign.

“I am not aware of the details of that situation but I have been told that person is no longer a volunteer on our campaign,” Mr. Harper said during a campaign stop in Brampton, Ont.

Conservative officials later announced the national Harper tour would no longer take questions on local campaigns.

"There are 308 local campaigns and local campaigns can speak to what they are doing locally," Conservative campaign spokesman Dimitri Soudas said.

Mr. Harper, he said, "will stay focused on electing a national, stable, Conservative government."

Mr. Maturi was the unpaid campaign manager for Agop Evereklian, the Tory candidate in the Pierrefonds-Dollard riding where Mr. Harper will make a stop later Wednesday.

Mr. Labonté dropped out of the 2009 race under a cloud of corruption allegations. He accused Mr. Maturi of trying to convince him to use four campaign organizers paid for by a private company.

Last year, Christian Paradis, Mr. Harper’s Quebec lieutenant, told the House of Commons that Mr. Maturi was not on an employee of the Conservative Party.

But Mr. Maturi has popped up since, organizing a Conservative fundraising event along with now being the volunteer in charge of Mr. Evereklian’s campaign.

Neither the Conservative team in Pierrefonds-Dollard nor the national party immediately responded to interview requests after Le Devoir broke the story Wednesday morning.

A little after 1 p.m., Mr. Maturi's name disappeared from Mr. Evereklian's website, replaced by a new campaign head, Sophie Allard.

Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe said the case is similar to that of Sébastien Togneri, the disgraced former staffer under RCMP investigation for allegations he meddled with access-to-information requests.

Mr. Togneri had signed up to help the Conservative campaign in the Alberta riding of Edmonton-Strathcona. The party dismissed him when his involvement was revealed.

“Curious, curious, curious. This seems to be a problem Mr. Harper keeps having,” Mr. Duceppe said.

“The Conservatives talk about transparency, about respecting justice, about being virtuous and true. It’s another example that shows their words don’t match up to reality. It’s another example that shows they don’t talk straight.”

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Please, don't sully the term Tory. The Tory Party died when Peter McKay made his merger deal with Harper. And Harper in turn killed the Reform Party when he led the movement (with Stockwell Day) to create the Canadian Alliance Party in hopes of forging...a COALITION of conservative parties! So even Preston's legacy was left in the dust, just as was Joe Clark's (the last of the Tories).

Historically speaking, I'd say the Tory party died with the defeat of the Diefenbaker gov't in 1963. That was when the traditional Tory values of ties to the UK started fading rapidly, which was really the core "conservative" value of the party in Canada. Similarly, the rising anti-Americanism and anti-free-trade Liberal policies that started rising during the Trudeau area and peaking with John Turner were counter to traditional Liberal founding policies.

The fact is that all parties place expediency and the quest for gaining and retaining power over any long-term values or policy that would define them as parties. The only ones that don't do this have never gained power at the Federal level (e.g. NDP).

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