I read with interest your article about the recent Conservative nomination process, and felt it necessary to set the record straight.
First, the National Conservative Campaign Director (not the local party or MP) selected the date when incumbents would announce their intentions about seeking re-election and when the election appeared imminent, also decided (not the local party or MP) that all ridings that had yet to choose a candidate should hold a nomination meeting forthwith. This proved to be the correct decision, since the opposition parties forced an unnecessary election only four days later.
Second, even though the process was shortened because of this impending election, 250 local Conservatives turned out to choose a local candidate in a democratic election. Every other candidate for other parties in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon were either acclaimed or appointed.
Finally, while no one in the Conservative Party of Canada wanted this expensive and unnecessary election, we will now spend the next month or so talking about our family-friendly, low-tax plan to keep our country strong. Conservatives believe a strong economy – and the jobs that go with it – can’t be taken for granted, and all Conservative candidates will be working hard to deliver our messages to the voters.
Representing BC on the National Council
Conservative Party of Canada