This is a release from Jay Tysick:
With regard to my application to be a contestant for nomination to the Ontario PC Party in the riding of Carleton, we were notified Friday morning with a single sentence email that my application had been rejected. No reason was given, nor has since been given, despite my request for one.While we’re obviously saddened by that decision, our greater concern is for the People of this riding who have been denied their choice of representation. In the short time we had to run this campaign, we were blessed to meet with hundreds upon hundreds of people who connected with our message. These people paid their hard earned money to the Party for the sole purpose of voting in this nomination contest. Patrick Brown’s decision to refuse my application, has taken from them that vote and their choice, without any reason whatsoever.It is understandable that, as Leader, Patrick Brown has full authority under the rules of the party to impose that decision unilaterally and that after the shocking upset in Niagara West Glenbrook last week, he likely feels compelled to limit the opposition to his favoured candidates.That said, If he cares at all about democracy, he should open the process to all and let the people have their say. If he wishes to choose the other path however, he should be decent enough to be clear about that and to do so upfront, as other leaders have done in other parties and at different times. There was no reason to waste everyone’s time and money by pretending this would be a democratic choice.
To me, this process has shown a disregard for democratic principles, and has made it clear that the opinions of many people in the Carleton riding aren’t welcome in this Progressive Conservative Party.While meeting with these people at their homes and businesses, I made the promise to them that I was a fighter, and that I would make their voices heard. Many of these people signed up to vote for me because of that promise – my commitment to them doesn’t end just because Patrick Brown has chosen to not hear those voices. Our team and our support are intact and as committed as ever.I have taken the weekend to spend much needed time with my family and we are now ready to make decisions about our next steps and how we best proceed.We will be releasing another statement shortly.Jay Tysick
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