Thursday, March 1, 2018 — for immediate release
Dan Sadler requests provincial nomination committee to hold a new nomination for Flamborough-Glanbrook
Sadler says members were stripped of their voice and denied their right to choose who represents them
Today I sent a letter to the Ontario PC Party's Provincial Nominations Committee requesting that a new nomination be held for the riding of Flamborough-Glanbrook.
On July 27th, 2017, I received a phone call from a member of the committee informing me that Patrick Brown had decided there would not be a nomination vote, neither my opponent or I would have our nomination certified and that he wanted Donna Skelly as the candidate for the riding. I strongly opposed this decision and resigned my position as Vice-President of the riding association. I believe strongly in the principles of democracy and object to the idea that democracy be embraced only when it is convenient.
I have included my letter below. I hope that local party members believe in democracy and support my request for a vote to determine who should be the legitimate candidate for Flamborough-Glanbrook.
March 1, 2018
Mr. Jag Badwal
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
59 Adelaide Street East, Unit 400
Dear Mr. Badwal,
I am writing to request that the Provincial Nomination Committee hold a new nomination meeting for Flamborough-Glanbrook.
Under former leader Patrick Brown’s leadership, a decision was made to strip the right of PC Party members in the riding of Flamborough-Glanbrook (FG) to choose their representative.
On July 27th, 2017, I received a phone call from a member of your committee informing me that Patrick Brown had decided there would not be a nomination vote, neither my opponent or I would have our nomination certified and that he wanted Donna Skelly as the candidate for the riding.
I believe, like many PC Party members, that there is a clear history of poor judgement and bad decisions displayed by former leader Patrick Brown, former President Rick Dykstra and former Executive Director Bob Stanley. Not holding a nomination vote in FG when two candidates had been campaigning for a year falls in line with this and goes against what members were promised, namely “fair, open and transparent” nominations. I also object to the idea that democracy be embraced only when it is convenient. I am a team player and understand the concept of putting the party above the individual, but I will never agree that the party should be put above democracy itself.
The committee has decided to hold nomination meetings for two ridings in which questions were raised about the legitimacy of the vote. I applaud the committee’s efforts to do the right thing and ask that the same consideration be provided to party members in my riding, allowing them the opportunity to have their voices heard. While we quickly approach the general election, I recognize that timelines are tight. However, FG would be one of the few ridings a truncated nomination process could be successful due to candidates having campaigned for so long already.
Finally, I believe the current candidate Donna Skelly would agree to the idea of a “new” nomination being held. Following Patrick Brown’s resignation, Ms. Skelly called on your committee to hold a leadership race because it “would allow all of our members to vote” and choose who represents them”. I’m sure her embrace of the democratic process and the right of party members to choose their representative was not just a thing of convenience.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding my request.
Candidate for Nomination
Vic Fedeli, MPP, Interim Leader, PC Party of Ontario
Ken Zeise, Co-Chair, Provincial Nomination Committee
John Venneri, President, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas PC Association