Sometimes, the paranoid stories turn out to be true. For example, it looks like one-time Reform Party candidate Charles Conn got it right when he claimed that Harper Central Command was getting set to appoint Toronto Harbour Commission CEO Lisa Raitt as the Tory candidate in Halton. John Ivison writes
...the Conservatives have high hopes for Lisa Raitt, president and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority, who they will unveil this week as the candidate to take on the floor-crosser, Garth Turner, in Halton.
Lisa Raitt will be "unveiled", and Halton's Conservative riding association will be barred from choosing their own representative. Furthermore, similar betrayals of the party grass-roots, according to Conn, are playing out in at least a dozen riding associations across the country.
Big deal, you might say, the Libs do it all the time. Well, yes, but nobody ever accused the Libs of being a grass-roots party. Do the Stephen Harper Tories intend to forfeit that title?