Ontario PC nominations committee rejects Vikram Singh’s bid

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Vikram Singh the candidate for Hamilton west-Ancaster-Dundas (HWAD) failed to secure his nomination the last time round and despite fighting to be nominated again has been rejected again by the party.

Singh wanted to take another run at the Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas (HWAD) nomination after he says party brass botched his attempt last May. The party will have a new nomination meeting April 15, but when Singh tried to run, he was rejected.

Singh says he’s grateful to his supporters who “dedicated their time and energy for the better of our society.”

The controversy began in December 2016, when Singh held a Tory fundraiser at his parents’ home. At that meeting, he and then-leader Patrick Brown cut a cake. Brown told him he would make “a wonderful candidate,” Singh said in court documents.

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He ran for the HWAD nomination against Ben Levitt, Jeff Peller and Jobson Easow. Both Singh and Peller claim the meeting was disorganized and at times hostile. Singh won the combined total of a majority of the voting tables, he said in a court document. The results of the table where party staff double-checked credentials, he said, put Levitt in first place.

Police are now investigating potential criminal activity at the meeting.

Singh and Peller appealed to the party for a review of the nomination. Brown declined. Peller and Singh asked the court for a judicial review. Then-party president Rick Dykstra responded saying Singh “inspired mistrust” and didn’t fit the right demographic.

Singh ultimately dropped his challenge too after the court ordered he pay the party about $180,000 in legal costs.

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Meanwhile, Brown was pressured to step down as leader following allegations of sexual misconduct, Levitt asked that the HWAD one be redone. Vincent Samuel, co-ordinator of Ford’s local leadership campaign, will face off against Levitt now. -CINEWS

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