Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Trouble in Chilliwack

I don't know if anyone else picked this up, but it appears that the Conservative's problems in British Columbia aren't over yet:

Accusations and controversy--from both inside and outside the Conservative Party--continue to hound the local Tory nomination process a week into the election campaign. 

Former Chilliwack city councillor Casey Langbroek said he thought most members of the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon Conservative Party were upset about a candidate selection process that begun on March 14 and ended on March 18. 

The usual nomination period would be at least four weeks, something Langbroek said is fair and serves the purpose of selling memberships and solidifying support for the party. 

In an interview with the Times, he even suggested this election may not be the usual cakewalk it is for Conservatives. 

"Maybe this riding isn't going to be as secure as it was in the past as a result of this," he said. "There's been damage done all the way around and it couldn't come at a poorer time." 

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Chuck Strahl formally announced he would not seek re-election to party members on March 11 and to the public on March 12. On March 14, the party sent out a message--that Langbroek said he never got--to party members that the deadline to have nomination papers in Ottawa was March 18 at 5 p.m. eastern time.
Honestly, I don't understand how they've now managed to end up in two safe Conservative ridings to completely screw up two nominations - three if you count that even the replacement candidate in Delta also declared bankruptcy. This is a severely sloppy operation for such a powerful machine, especially in a province and ridings they've held in one form or another since the the 1980's.

In case you were wondering why the Chilliwack Times article doesn't even mention the Con candidate's name (Mark Strahl) until halfway through the article despite talking about his nomination... yeah, I don't know. I guess people just assume the default position and think it's a Strahl of some sort.

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