Actually, I got it wrong: last night's meeting of the Carleton-Mississippi Mills PCPO riding association was to choose the riding executive, not their provincial candidate. In any case, Ontario Land Owner's ex-President and rural revolutionary Jack Maclaren got hosed. In fact, he is calling foul! on the whole selection process:
MacLaren said the party’s head office denied membership to many people he and his supporters signed up as party members. He put the number of disputed members at 150.
Metroland Media spoke to multiple people who showed up to vote, only to find out their names weren’t on the list of eligible members. MacLaren said the disqualifications targeted only those people he or his supporters signed up as party members.
“The Progressive Conservative party thinks democracy isn’t important in this riding,” he said. “We didn’t even know the format of the meeting until we got here.
“We had to find out from (PC party headquarters) in Toronto when the meeting would be. They did everything they could to be unco-operative. It’s a goddam farce.”
The candidate gets nominated sometime in March-April of 2011, so there will be all sorts of "Tory Turmoil" to come, I imagine.